Salsa Brava restaurant. They had a salsa bar with different types of salsa - all good. I had the Baja Taco and Mr. Hawthorne had a pork carnita - both excellent. I ended up buying their cookbook, Salsa Brava Cocina - Smokin' Salsa and Other Chile Inspired Recipes and I've been drooling ever since over the pictures. Today I'm making their Green Chile Cornbread, one of their most requested side dishes, with a few adjustments. First, let me say I've never cared for a sweet cornbread, and this one called for a whole cup of sugar. I thought that was too much, but added the cup anyway. With hindsight, if you like a sweet cornbread, by all means use the whole cup. For my tastes, I think 1/4 cup would be plenty. Or actually none. I prefer no sugar in my cornbread thankyouverymuch.
Cornbread Ingredients: 1 cup yellow corn meal 1 cup flour 1 cup sugar 1 TB baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 3/4 cup milk 2 eggs 6 TB melted butter 1 small can green chiles 1 small can yellow corn, drained Mix first 5 ingredients until well combined. Add the milk and eggs, mixing with a wooden spoon until there are no clumps. Add the melted butter, green chiles, and corn. Their instructions call for 20 minutes in a 375 degree oven, or until a knife inserted into the bread comes out clean. I checked the cornbread after 20 minutes and it was still liquid. Mine took 60 minutes. Here's the process: First, I melted some butter in my skillet ...
Next time you want corn as a side dish, you might want to try this. Maybe caramelize some onions along with the corn. Perhaps a dusting of cumin. Or fresh cilantro.
Here's a trick I use to get a nice crusty corn bread. Oil an 8" iron skillet and heat it up in the oven while you're preheating it to 375 degrees. Pour the batter into the hot skillet.
Salsa Brava Cocina says to use an 8-inch pan and bake for 20 minutes. This was nowhere near done at the 20-minute mark, and I had to continue baking for 40 more minutes, checking every ten, for an hour, total bake time.
Nice texture. Good flavor. Browned crust, bottom, and sides. Sweet. Next time, I'm cutting the sugar to 1/4 cup and doubling the salt to 1 teaspoon. Mr. Hawthorne really liked this. Too sweet for my tastes, but still quite good. Now here's a tip for cornbread moreovers.