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A recipe for Jalapeno Cheddar Spoon Bread. Jalapeno Cheddar Spoon Bread recipe. It’s really awesome when two great things come together into one. For instance, R2D2 and C3PO, Harry Potter and magic, bread and butter, and corn and spoon bread. So, I give you: jalapeño cheddar spoon bread! This recipe is corn bread in a souffle pudding texture situation. Ok, i know what you’re thinking. Why would I choose jalapeno cheddar spoon bread over regular corn bread? Well, let me tell you.

1. You can make spoon bread mountains or volcanoes on your dinner plate. (If you were a cool kid, you used to make these with mashed potatoes and peas. ).

2.  This makes an incredible base at the bottom of a bowl of chili.

3. You get to eat it with a spoon.

4. The texture feels like silk deliciousness in your mouth.

A couple scoops of this saucy corn heaven will breath new life into any traditional country fare. Eating fried chicken? Tried adding a couple scoops of this magic sauceplex. I hope you love it!
♥ Teri

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Jalapeno-Cheddar Spoon Bread
Serves 5 to 7

3 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
3/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 jalapenos, seeded and diced
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Grease a 9” x 12” baking dish with 1 tablespoon butter and set aside.
3. Pour milk into a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk in cornmeal and salt and continue to whisk until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and using a wooden spoon, stir in cheese, garlic, jalapenos, and 2 tablespoons butter.
5. Continue to stir until most steam has escaped from the mixture. Beat eggs into the mixture, one at a time, until fully incorporated. Gently fold in pepper until just combined.
6. Pour mixture into the prepared baking dish and dot top with remaining tablespoon of butter.
7. Bake for 30 to 35 minute or until just set in the center. Allow to cool for 5 to 7 minutes. Scoop and serve.

6/2/2012 UPDATE: Some people have had issues with the amount of spoon bread they’re getting using a 9″ x 12″ baking dish. It’s totally okay that the spoon bread doesn’t rise very much while baking and is only about an inch thick…BUT if you want a thicker spoon bread here’s a quick fix: Either increase the recipe by 1/2 OR switch to a 8″ x 8″ baking dish!


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  1. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    Sweet goodness, this is my heaven! Love this!

  2. Jen Kim Not Specified Not Specified

    looks delicious! i love cheddar & jalapeno together: scumptious :)

  3. Sarah from 20something cupcakes Not Specified Not Specified

    I MEAN. I need this, like, now.

  4. Alicia Not Specified Not Specified

    looks delicious!

  5. John Not Specified Not Specified

    To the sauceplex!

  6. Caroline @ Between Your Ears Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh good god. I freaking love spoon bread!!! My mom used to make it growing up, but this looks insane. All these ingredients are going on my grocery list next week. You two blow my mind!!!!

  7. Heidi @ Food Doodles Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m kind of afraid to admit I’ve never had spoon bread. It looks awesome though – the jalapeno and cheddar sounds so good. And I love your chili suggestion. I’m going to try this next time I make chili.

  8. Amy Not Specified Not Specified

    Like a savory, spicy bread pudding. I like!


    mon amy

  9. Libby Not Specified Not Specified

    I discovered this blog yesterday and it is, hands down, my new favorite. I should have been working but I just scrolled through, looking at photos and recipes for over half an hour. Probably forgot to blink once or twice.

    Anyway, I can not wait to make this and maybe make additions? Like… bacon and onions? Goodness gracious. I thank you.

  10. Mariah Not Specified Not Specified

    My gosh, this looks delicious! SO SO SO good. I’m going it. I don’t even care what anyone says, I’m making this. TODAY.

  11. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    Cheddar and jalapeno–perfect! Plus I have to mention how jealous I am of that perfect casserole dish. It makes my perfectly serviceable plain pyrex look just a little sad. :)

  12. Connecting Four Not Specified Not Specified

    Looks amazing! Yum!

  13. Natalie Boenker Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m thinking about making this for a bar-be-que that I have coming up in July, would it work to make these in a mini muffin pan so servings are already measured out? This looks delicious!

  14. DeLynne Not Specified Not Specified

    I didn’t have enough cheddar to accommodate for this recipe so I substituted it with Monterey-Jack, which I LOVE HOT, so hopefully it doesn’t mess up the whole texture and consistency. We’ll see. I hope it’s a delicious as it looks!!! *Fingers crossed*

  15. Elise Not Specified Not Specified

    I made this and it was very tasty but, in a 9×12 pan, it turned out to be only about and inch thick. Wonder where I went wrong. I will make it again but maybe double or triple the recipe.
    VERY good flavor!!

  16. Anna @ the shady pine Not Specified Not Specified

    I have never heard of spoon bread before but this looks sooo good!

  17. Barbara Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds great but is there really no baking powder in this recipe? That’s what accounts for the lovely puffiness in my family’s spoon bread recipe.

  18. lisa Not Specified Not Specified

    Just made this for my chilli tonight. It’s awesome, like really really yummy but I ran into the same problem as Elise, wondering if I should have doubled the recipe or used a smaller pan? Either way, delicious though! Love your blog, your recipes and your narrative!

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  20. Javelin Warrior Not Specified Not Specified

    Another amazing post for me to drool over… I’m featuring it in this week’s Food Fetish Friday series (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and as always I love following your creations… Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. Grama Patti Not Specified Not Specified

    gonna try this tonite!

  22. Diana Not Specified Not Specified

    I saw this recipe some days ago posted on twitter and I’ve been saving it because I REALLY want to try it. I’m hoping to make it later on today! :)

  23. Brian @ A Thought For Food Not Specified Not Specified

    I’m saving this for my trip to the Cape in a few weeks. We’re having some guests over who would go crazy over this recipe.

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  26. Zenzi Not Specified Not Specified

    This is just the recipe I have been looking for — have you ever thrown in some fresh, frozen, or creamed corn?

  27. JANET HART Not Specified Not Specified

    I’ve won two cornbread contests with this recipe, phenomenal!!