Cornbread is a delicious side dish that, when done right, can be every bit as good as the main course it supports. This recipe will leave you wanting more with a satisfyingly dense, buttery texture, crunchy jalapeños and delicious cheddar cheese. Follow the steps below and you'll have a wonderful batch of comfort food that's a worthy companion to any meal.

Finished cornbread final Image Credit: Kristan Raines

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Things You’ll Need

  • 1 cup cornmeal

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp kosher salt

  • 1 tbs baking powder

  • 1 cup whole milk, room temp

  • 1 large egg, room temp

  • 5 tbs melted unsalted butter, slightly cooled & divided

  • 2 medium jalapeños, deveined, deseeded, and chopped

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheese, plus a bit extra

  • 1, 9-inch pie dish

Step 1

Heat oven to 400°F. Add the cornmeal, flour, baking powder and salt to a large bowl and whisk to combine.

Dry ingredients

Step 2

Add the milk, egg and 4 tbs of the melted butter to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine.

Wet ingredients

Step 3

Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Add the diced jalapeños and cheddar, folding just a few more times to incorporate. Do not over mix.


Step 4

Use the remaining tablespoon of butter to grease the pie dish. Pour the batter into the dish and top with additional cheese if desired.

Ready to be baked

Step 5

Place the dish into the oven for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with only a few moist bits attached to it. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature and enjoy!



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