Thursday, September 17, 2009

Jambalaya Muffins

I should have known better. Much like the cool guy in high school that everyone later realized was just an alcoholic bully reading this recipe after the fact is a smack in the head. Diced meat? No spices yet called Jambalaya? Doom.

I considered linking to it but since I have almost nothing nice to say I'm going to do the honorable thing and say it behind her back. I will say that it can be made in stages which is always a good thing at my house. The meat was diced while my daughter was coloring. The veg were diced, break for a diaper change (and hand wash) and then sauteed. Once you start combining the wet and dry ingredients it's all systems go but up until that point it's pretty easy to take breaks as needed.

The basic cornbread recipe is sound. It should be. It's the one on the back of the box. The jambalaya additives are not OK. The first bite immediately brought to mind vomit. I don't mean it reversed my gears into the technicolor rainbow but the combination of meat flavor and grainy texture was devastating. I kept waiting for the burning sensation of tequila to follow the taste. Really, how often do you have a mouthful of tiny bits of pork and it's not because you horked? The green pepper and onion added a bit of flavor, but they were the flavors of green pepper and onion not jambalaya. It would have been easy enough to throw in some of the cajun seasoning that every home has but never uses but I had recipe tunnelvision. Surely it would be good. It was on the internet.

The final result did inspire one of the longer sentences my daughter has ever spoken. "I don't want it." The child loves bread, pork, and things that fit well in her hand. These should have been her new favorite but she's savvy. She knew that meat should not be pureed. Ever. Even mincemeat pie has evolved to meatlessness.

Should your family need to be punished or you want to inspire greater communication with your toddler, here's the recipe. You were warned.

Jambalaya Mini Muffins

3 T butter
1/2 c onion, very finely minced
1/2 c green pepper, very finely minced

1 c cornmeal
1 1/4 c flour
2 t baking soda
1 t salt

2 eggs
2 c buttermilk

1 c cooked ham, very finely minced
1 c cooked Italian sausage, very finely minced

Preheat oven to 400°.

Melt butter and saute onion and green pepper until softened, then let cool slightly. In a large bowl whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking soda and salt. In a large measuring cup beat eggs into buttermilk. Add egg mixture to dry ingredients all at once. Stir until just combined, taking care to break up any clumps. Gently fold in ham, sausage and vegetables.

Grease mini muffin pan (I use Pam!) Scoop a generous tablespoon of batter into each cup. Bake 15-16 minutes until tops starts to brown.

1 comment:

  1. This brings to mind one of my favorite sayings, "Just because you can post a recipe on th einternet, doesn't mean you should". I had a bout, where for about a month, every recipe I made that was found on the web, was a complete culinary disaster. Now, I only cook from trusted cookbooks - or sites like - The Food Network.