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Jalapeno Spoonbread Recipe

Jalapeno Spoonbread Recipe

Spoonbread has been a favorite comfort food since American Colonial times, a sort of a creamy cross between cornbread and souffle. It’s fun to make and it uses the cornmeal introduced to the early settlers by the generous indigenous people.

This luscious version of classic spoonbread kicks it up a notch with jalapeno peppers and a little red onion, but you can make the plain version too. It’s completely seasonal and delicious either way.


2 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus butter for coating the baking dish)
4 eggs, separated
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
3 cups whole milk
1 teaspoon salt
A pinch of sugar
1/2 cup minced red onion (optional)
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced (optional)

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Butter a deep (3 inch) 1 1/2 quart baking or souffle dish, or a deep cast-iron skillet.

2. In a large bowl, whip the egg whites until medium-stiff peaks form; set them aside.

3. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal and 1 cup of the milk. In a medium saucepan, heat the remaining milk until steaming hot. Add the cornmeal mixture to the saucepan and cook, whisking constantly, over medium-low heat, until the mixture thickens (you’ll begin to see the bottom of the pan as you whisk), about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in the salt, sugar, and butter.

4. Add the yolk yolks one at a time, whisking to combine after each addition. Add optional ingredients, if using, and stir to combine. Gently fold in the egg whites. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.

5. Bake until the spoon bread is puffed, with a golden brown crust, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Serve with soft butter.

Serves 4 to 6.

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Adapted from Comfort Food, (Taunton Press, 2004). Copyright (c) 2004 by Taunton Press. Reprinted by permission of the publishers.
Adapted from Comfort Food, (Taunton Press, 2004).

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3:00PM PST on Feb 4, 2012

yum--love soon bread!

12:25AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Thanks for this great recipe.

11:55AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

This sounds really good! Thanks.

9:09PM PST on Feb 7, 2010

Sounds terrific. I hope it'll work with 2% milk.

1:13PM PST on Feb 6, 2010

Sounds delicious, and I have some cornmeal that I'm having trouble using up. I think I'll use it in this recipe that I'll eat with some of the sweet potato chili I'm planning on making. Thanks for the great recipe!

11:02AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

Sounds yummy, but I'll have to experiment to make it vegan-friendly

8:41AM PST on Feb 5, 2010

Looks wonderful - will try it out one weekend soon.

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