Every now and then, it happens. I go to the store, see what I want on the shelf, grab it and put it in the basket. Then, I get home and discover I bought something other than what I really wanted. Which is how I ended up with a can of creamed corn, instead of the whole kernel corn I wanted.
I’m not a big fan of creamed corn. So, not wanting to hassle with taking it back, I tried to come up with a plan for using it.
When I mentioned to my husband that I had an over-abundance of corn meal and needed to make cornbread. His eyes lit up. So the next day when I thought about making the cornbread for him, I saw the can of creamed corn and got inspired. I also had a few fresh jalapenos on hand that seemed like they would go well with the mix. And cheddar cheese, well, who doesn’t love cheese!
My experiment worked out really well. Nice light texture to the cornbread, a bit of chewiness from the corn kernels, bite and mild heat from the jalapenos, and a richness from the cheese. It was a big hit with my hubby!
Corny Cornbread With Cheddar And Jalapeno
1-1/2 Cups AP flour
1/3 Cup white sugar
1/3 Cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick butter, melted
1-1/4 Cup evaporated milk with 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 large eggs, beaten
1 14oz. can creamed corn
1 Cup grated cheddar cheese
4 medium jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped fine.
- Preheat oven to 425F. Spray 13 x 9 cake pan with cooking spray.
- Place cornmeal, flour, sugars, baking powder, salt, and baking soda in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on low to combine.
- Mix evaporated milk and lemon juice together. Melt butter in microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval. Beat eggs lightly.
- With mixer running add milk mixture, melted butter, and eggs. When combined add creamed corn, jalapenos, and cheese. Mix until evenly distributed.
- Pour batter into cake pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and cornbread is golden brown.
Turned out to be a very good use for my “mistake”. Have you ever picked up the wrong item at the grocery store? How did you deal with it? Did you take it back or find a use for it? I can’t be the only one that does such a thing! Tell me your story below!