Happy Thanksgiving to you! A quick post today with a recipe of broccoli cheddar corn bread. This recipe comes from the tailgating days of my PhD and some hardcore SEC football. A sweet friend named Laura once brought it to a tailgate that we were attending and shared her recipe with me. After that, this corn bread recipe became a go to tailgating and any other get together that we had. I even made it for Easter picnic one time. I have changed Laura’s recipe a bit to reduce the number of eggs it called for, and add in onions, jalapeno/serrano peppers and cilantro.
Chopped broccoli – 1 (10-oz) pkg. frozen
Corn muffin mix – 1 (7.5 or 8.5 oz) package
Butter – ½ cup or 1 stick, melted (I use salted butter) + more for greasing
Onion – 1 medium size, finely chopped (preferably red but white will work just as well)
Jalapeno/serrano or Thai chili – 1, depending on the heat you like, finely chopped
Cilantro – 5 sprigs
Large eggs – 3, beaten
Cheese – 1 ½ cup, shredded (preferably cheddar but Colby or Monterrey jack will work too)
Salt and pepper – to taste
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F or 180 degrees C. Grease a 9 X 13 baking dish (for eg. Pyrex) with butter. I save the wrapper of the stick of butter that I used, and then use it to spread some butter on the baking dish.
Cook broccoli in microwave according to package directions; drain. In a large bowl, stir together broccoli, corn muffin mix, salt, pepper, and mix. Add melted butter, chopped onions, cilantro and green chili. Stir in beaten eggs and cheese until well blended. Put batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of the dish comes out clean.
Serve with butter, chutney or by itself!
Use half cheddar and half pepper jack cheese to make the corn bread spicy.
You can make it in mini muffin tin to serve as bite size appetizer. Reduce the baking time to approximately 20 minutes.
To warm up, cut up a slice and toast in the toaster oven.
This bread tastes great with all kind of fall soups.