Saturday, January 2, 2010

Corn Muffins with Bacon and Chives

Sometimes my kitchen resembles Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. The past few days I've stitched food together, scorched it, and turned it loose into the countryside. Today, I got lucky and made something time-saving and edible...with minimal effort. As usual.
I found a box of cornbread mix and the mad scientist rose up in me. I'd used all the bacon for a pasta recipe, but I found a package of *real* bacon bits in the fridge. I added a few chopped chives, a farm egg, and 2% milk.
Twenty minutes later, my experiment was ready. Nothing groundbreaking, but they were very good and at least I didn't catch the stove on fire. The bacon pieces worked better than pan fried bacon (no grease and the texture held together); the chives added a hint of onion.
Corn Muffins with Bacon and Chives
1 box Old Glory cornbread mix (or Jiffy, Martha White, etc.)
1/2 bag Hormel Real Bacon pieces
4 T chopped chives (fresh--and finely chopped)
1 jumbo egg
2% milk
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tins. Add milk and egg to mix. Spoon a layer, then add bacon and chives. Add another layer of cornbread batter. Gently stir each "cup."
Bake 20 minutes.
Perfect with soups, salads, and pasta.Highly recommended for midnight snacks. Leftovers can be used for more kitchen experimentation--cubed and baked, then tossed in a salad instead of "croutons," if there are leftovers.
(Bacon-Sun Dried Tomato-Pancetta Carbonara--tomorrow's recipe.)

22 comments:

  1. dang, your pics have become so outstanding this last year! the pasta is a thing of beauty and how fun you whipped up a recipe with no fire or inhalers required~

    come check out onceinabluemoon, look at the last 2 posts, i am doing food with thought, you must join in, in fact why don't you do consuming passions as your first selection :-)

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  2. I've been craving a more savory fare these days. Your muffins look like they would fit the bill. Sometimes I wonder why I don't just start experimenting and do something different. Three cheers for Frankenstein!

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  3. :)
    I IMPLORE YOU TO STOP IT WITH ALL THE AMAZING FOOD PICTURES/RECIPES. MY DERRIERE JUST GOT *MUCH* LARGER AFTER MERELY A GLIMPSE OF THESE CULINARY DELIGHTS OF YOURS AND I STILL CAN'T WEAR MY 'real' JEANS AFTER BABY THOMAS & NOW YOU ARE MAKING IT WORSE! THE FOOD JUST LOOKS TOO DANG GOOD; YOU MUST CEASE AND DESIST. ;)
    Hugs, Lana

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  4. Happy New Year, Michael. I hope 2010 brings you health and even more happiness. Your pictures today are wonderful. I'll be returning home next week and , hopefully, I'll be able to resume normal correspondence.
    Have a great weekend.

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  5. I love to experiment with food. I just hate those times when it goes straight into the garbage disposal. Luckily, that doesn't happen too often. These sound good!

    Sue

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  6. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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  7. I always enjoy seeing your cooking experiments, Gollum, and this looks very good!

    I fixed one of my cheese balls the other day (the one everyone raved about at Christmas), and I cannot for the life of me figure out why this one turned ount a bit puny tasting. I have gone over and over it in my mind, and I must have left something out because it got rave reviews at Christmas and fell far short for New Year's. Have you ever had that happen with the exact same recipe???

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  8. Cornbread is just about Pa's most favorite food in the world. He has been known to propose marriage to cooks in small diners, even though I'm sitting right there! Sam's Club has those bacon bits in big bags. I use them on salads and in all kinds of experiments. I'll have to try adding them to the cornbread too! The package says they have less fat than regular bacon... like that's gonna help!

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  9. You are brilliant, m'dear! I'm storing this one away! Can't wait to see the next recipe!

    Great photos!

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  10. YUUUUUM! These sound delish so I will be trying this and can't wait for the pasta recipe! XO, Pinky

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  11. Looks good. I need a couple of those to go with my soup for lunch today.

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  12. Ok, my wheels are spinning I have everything except bacon bits ... so I am going to finely chop a piece of baked ham and ~ go for it!

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  13. Those look so good... great minds must think alike as I experimented with cornbread this weekend, too! Check out www.steffesfamilyrecipes.blogspot.com

    Terri

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  14. The corn muffins look so good! I wish I'd had that recipe before I made my Brunswick stew on New Year's Day. Your sneak peek for tomorrow's pasta looks very tempting.

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  15. Corn muffins are just what I need. I love chives or possibly scallions in them. I think NOW is the time to make this.

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  16. Oh Michael - those muffins look so good. I'll be making a version of them soon! Yum!

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  17. Brilliant idea to use the Hormel real bacon bits Michael! These looks dee-lish. :)

    Your photos are STUNNING my friend.
    xo

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  18. Bloody heck woman is there no end to your many talents, I thought the toile table at the bottom of those gorgeous stairs was your pièce de résistance but no here I am drooling all over again, Many Happy New Year hugs, bbfn, Kathy

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  19. You poor thing. You've had a time in the kitchen.

    These look and sound delicious. And, I do believe I may have a stray box of corn muffin mix. I always buy Martha White. Old Glory. I like that name. I'll have to see if our store has that brand. Change can be good.

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