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Southern-Style Jalapeno Cornbread

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“A compilation of recipes from cooks illustrated and my sister, and my tweaks. So delicious, I have been asked to make it a number of times, and I'm finally posting the recipe for the people who have asked for it. You can also add 1/2-1 lb of browned ground beef or sausage, or shredded chicken, or crumbled bacon with the onions for an excellent one-dish meal!”

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  1. Oven rack: lower middle position 450 degrees. Grease 9" round or 8" square pan.
  2. Measure 2/3 cup (96 g) cornmeal into medium bowl.
  3. Mix remaining cornmeal, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in small bowl; set aside.
  4. Pour boiling water all at once into the 2/3 cup (96 g) cornmeal; stir to make a stiff mush. Whisk in buttermilk gradually, breaking up lumps until smooth, then whisk in egg, followed by corn.
  5. When oven is preheated, stir dry ingredients into mush until just moistened.
  6. Pour hot bacon fat (or melted butter) into the batter and stir to incorporate, then quickly pour 1/2 batter into baking pan. Layer onions & jalapeno, then cheese, top with remaining batter.
  7. Bake until golden brown, about 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and cool for 5 minutes, then serve.

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