A favorite accompaniment to a hearty bowl of chili, these aren't the corn muffins you thought you knew.
The trick with corn muffins is the cornmeal to flour ratio, so you have just enough of the former to hearty-up the texture
and enough flour and leavening to avoid doorstop density. Flour lends tender structure. Once you master a basic formula, though,
you can have fun playing around with flavor variations, as we did here. The base lends itself to sweet or savory directions.
Parmesan-chive or bacon-cheddar muffins can be a great pairing with soup or chili, while lightly sweetened raspberry muffins
make a great breakfast.
First up, Parmesan Corn Muffins.
Real imported Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is worth the splurge since it tastes best.
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These are a spin on our Parmesan Corn Muffins recipe. A savory bacon and onion combo make these the perfect chili-pairing candidate.
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These slighty-sweet muffins are ideal for breakfast. Have on hand for busy mornings on-the-go.
View Recipe: Raspberry-Cornmeal Muffins
This 3-ingredient reader recipe has become a favorite among reviewers for its ease and versatility. Says recipe creater Tara
Bennett, "The moist, sweet muffins go with almost anything and are a great way to use a ripe banana."
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"These warm, delicious muffins, covered in savory Parmesan cheese, are best right from the oven."
Jamie Castillo, Pittsburg, CA
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These savory muffins are great for breakfast on the go or served with a rustic soup or stew. Whole kernal corn and diced ham
are the stars here.
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This recipe also makes a dozen muffins in a standard muffin tin; bake 17 minutes or until golden brown. You also can double
the recipe and freeze the extra muffins for up to one month. If you do this, prepare the muffins in two batches so the baking
powder doesn't lose its effectiveness while the extra batter waits for the first batch to be turned out of the pans.
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Cheddar, jalapeño, and bacon make these muffins a great partner for chili or as a savory grab-and-go breakfast.
View Recipe: Bacon-Cheddar Corn Muffins