Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Mystery Pepper = Spicy Cornbread Surprise

A few weeks back Mr. T. (Pete's Dad) gave me some excess hot peppers from his bulk buy. Problem was, he and I didn't know what kind of peppers they actually were yet he warned me, "These are hot!" While I was very intrigued by my new found ingredient, I was nervous to use too much, make a dish too spicy, and ruin dinner for me and Pete. So the peppers sat. And sat. And sat. Until I saw most of the peppers were past their prime and I had to act fast to try at least on of these hot mamas. Going back to my tried-and-true method of checking out the pantry, I saw I had a pouch of cornbread mix and remembered how much I LOVE Spicy Cornbread, and so that's what was made. Since I am ignorant to the type of pepper I used, the following image is the closest I could find to what our peppers looked like, and remember, I only used 1 half of an orange one:
Once Pete taste-tested the orange pepper to let me know it packed some heat, I was ready and started the following recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • 1 Pouch Cornbread Mix
  • 2 tblsps. butter
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3/4 shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 orange hot pepper, de-seeded and chopped up itty-bitty
  • 1/2 can of corn
  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until well-mixed and transfer to a greased pan size recommended by the cornbread mix. Put in the oven and bake 14-16 minutes until a golden brown color shows. Once it's out of the oven, take it out of the pan immediately and let sit and cool before serving.
Spicy Cornbread

Is that ALL?!?! Not quite. First, this spicy cornbread was a side to a smoked applewood bacon turkey breast for JennieO and a carrot, parsnip, nutmeg mash I whipped up right quick. However, once this bread sits for a few days, its about to become spicy cornbread stuffing because not-a-one-thing goes to waste in Rachel 'Tha Pizza Cutta's' kitchen!


Jennifer said...

Spicy cheesy cornbread, it sounds delicious!

ncfoodie said...

I'll have to make this version for the adults only. My daughter adores cornbread, but I don't think she can take the heat. It looks so good!

Angie said...

I thought that's a pepperoni? Or cilantro and pepperoni are the same stuff?
Anyway. The surprise looks very healthy and good.

Jo said...

oooooh! That sounds delish! :)

Jo said...

Wow spicy cornbread. These sound really delicious.

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

Jennifer - thanks so much! Def try it for the mouths you feed because it's fun, easy and fast.

ncfoodie - If you want the texture of a pepper for your daughter, maybe try a red bell or yellow bell pepper for a sweeter taste. Happy Baking!

Angi - Pepperoni you say? Now that's a good idea for the next version-thanks! Cilantro is a fresh herb. Its pretty cheap so pick some up and start experimenting. :)

jo - thanks again girl! Always love your visits.

and jo again (how lucky am I?) - If you like spicy and sweet like me, make this little bad boy. I have found its good for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Cate said...

oh yum. love this recipe. my kids wouldn't be down with it, but for the big kids? yes.
did you ever figure out which peppers they are? my uncle grows peppers for the U of OK and would most likely be able to identify them on sight. let me know if you want him to take a look-although mystery pepper is so much more glamorous.

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

Cate-cool! I will try to find another and take a pic because I would love to know the type of pepper. Thanks so much for the offer-I'll be in touch!

miss v said...

i saved your recipe in my notes because i've been wanting to kick my cornbread up a notch. thanks!

Jo said...

you've been tagged :P go here to get the details :)

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