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Savory Corn & Pepper Muffins

This was a wonderful recipe from Dorie Greenspan's book! I made this to accompany a chicken & sausage gumbo and it really complimented it well. Due to the nasty winter weather we're experiencing here in Chicago, I had to make do with the ingredients I had on hand and made a few (okay, a lot of) substitutions...
  • Rather than using a stick of butter, I used 1/4 cup each of canola oil and extra virgin olive oil. It resulted in a very moist and tender crumb.
  • In place of cilantro, I used two stalks of green onions, sliced thin (green part only.) The onion seemed to work well with the peppers and gave more to the overall southwestern flavor.
  • Speaking of peppers, I added additional color and used a trio of finely diced yellow, green and red bell peppers. (Honestly, I just can't do only red peppers. Red peppers just isn't my thing. So small doses of it are tolerable, even moreso when combined with yellow and green peppers.)
  • Just when I thought I couldn't substitute anything else, I realized that I ran out of chili powder. I did have some Pilsen Latino Seasoning on hand and used that instead. The seasoning is on the spicy side so I used 1 teaspoon of this. I really loved that kick and heat it gives these muffins! This seasoning is 'hand mixed from: coarse Kosher flake salt, garlic & onion powders, Mexican oregano, Tellicherry black pepper, hot red pepper flakes.'
  • Finally, the cheese lover in me thought it best to top these muffins with a Mexican blend of cheese. It added a nice golden color and slight crispness to the muffin top. Yum!
Be sure to check out the other fabulous foodies who made this week's Tuesdays with Dorie recipe, Savory Corn & Pepper Muffins. Interested in the recipe? Check out Rebecca from Ezra Poundcake who has the recipe on her blog or page 6 of Dorie Greenspan's book, Baking from My Home to Yours.

22 comments

  1. Great job on the muffins. Your subs sounds really tasty!

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  2. Wow, you did make a lot of substitutions! It sounds great though.

    I'm sort of the opposite of you, pepper-wise. I really don't like green peppers, but I like red peppers quite a bit.

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  3. I'm going to have to try these, they look really good. Great job on all the substitutions. Sometimes that creates the best dish!

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  4. Great job on your muffins, love the addition of green onions & cheese. Welcome to TWD!

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  5. I bet that Latino Seasoning was great in these! They really look great, Joelen! I especially love the melted cheese on top...genius!!

    -Amy
    www.singforyoursupperblog.com

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  6. looks yummy! You made a bit of substitutions, which I am sure makes it so much better.

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  7. Great pics, Joelen - they look delicious!! :) And welcome, again, to TWD!!

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  8. I just made corn bread muffins last night! I will have to try these next time.

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  9. I love that you put cheese on top - I would have done the same. Looks so tasty!!

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  10. Welcome to TWD!

    Those substitutions look wonderful! Great job!

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  11. I can only imagine how amazing these were with gumbo!

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  12. OMG, great minds think alike. I topped mine with Fiesta blended cheese. Ha,ha. Nice job. I am going to have to try the Latino seasoning. sounds interesting.

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  13. Welcome to TWD! I love the cheese on top. When is that bad? :P

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  14. Welcome to TWD! Your muffins look delicious! I'll have to add some cheese to mine next time I make these!

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  15. These look great, the cheese was a great idea!

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  16. They look great, and I love your subs! I must add cheese to mine next time for sure. Welcome to TWD!

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  17. I think you actually made a whole new muffin! But an AWESOME muffin! I love those substitutions and definitely want to try what you did the next time I make these! Welcome to TWD! Great first shot!

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  18. These seem like an amazing winter treat. I may have to make them tonight!

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  19. These substitutions sound fantastic. And chicken and sausage gumbo? I'll be right over.

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  20. Cool substitutions! Your muffin looks great! Welcome to TWD!

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