Thursday, October 1, 2009

Spicy Corn Muffins

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RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb_thumb I know each part of the US has favorite breads—anything from bagels to pita to rye. In the South, it’s biscuits and muffins.

I can’t remember a meal when I was little that didn’t have bread figured into it somewhere. There were biscuits, hot from the oven. And cornbread that would fall into a million pieces when you lifted it up to eat it. There were blueberry muffins with huge blueberries popping out at you, and garlic bread slathered with butter. (Butter is something else we’re fond of down here.)

In my upcoming Memphis Barbeque mystery, barbeque restaurant owner Lulu Taylor makes scrumptious spicy corn muffins that are known around Memphis.


(So delicious that couldn’t resist nibbling on one of the muffins in my picture…)

Here’s the recipe for those of you who like a little zest to your bread:

Spicy Corn Muffins:

1 cup self-rising cornmeal

1/3 cup melted shortening

1 cup sour cream (not low fat)

1 8 oz. can creamed corn

2 eggs, beaten into oil (after it has cooled somewhat)

3/4 cup picante sauce

1 T finely chopped jalapeno

1 cup grated extra-sharp cheddar

Preheat oven to 400.

Grease a 12 cup muffin pan.

Stir cornmeal into egg-shortening mixture. Add sour cream, creamed corn, picante sauce, and jalapeno. Beat well.

Spoon half the batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with remaining batter.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until done.

Pretty is as Pretty Dies
Memphis BBQ series (May 2010)


  1. One of my friends from Texas always made the best cornbread. Her secret? A can of creamed corn! I'm looking forward to trying your spicy version!

  2. Dang, I should have been born in the South!! Of course I'm now drooling over your luscious descriptions of the food you grew up eating. Awesome recipe today. I'm a total cornmeal-aholic and just cannot get enough cornbread/cornmeal recipes. (These will go great with my buttermilk fried chicken.) Cheers and cannot wait to read about Lulu and her barbecue!

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  3. Pita? Rye? No, I'd love to live in the South, biscuits and muffins suit me very well!

  4. Those do sound zesty! And cheddar. Yum!
    "Say Cheese!"

  5. I've come to love cornbread -- it took me a while and maybe that had something to do with the cornbread I was sampling, but now I'm all in on this recipe. I really can't wait for your BBQ books!


  6. Krista--Got to love the ease of creamed corn!~

    Cleo--You know you're a Southern girl at heart! :)

    Laura--We have biscuits at just about every meal in my house.

    Avery--I knew the cheese connoisseur would appreciate this recipe!

    Julie--Thanks so much! Hope they turn out well for you.

  7. These are just begging to go into some chili. We just opened a jar of Raspberry Chipotle salsa. That might be an interesting twist.

  8. Oh, this sounds so delicious--and the weather is likely to turn for Autumn pretty soon, so we're searching for the chili pot even now. Thanks for the great recipe!