MarxFoods Blogger Chile Recipe Challenge

September 11th, 2011

Please Vote for my recipe!

As I was staring at the chiles I received from MarxFoods, I was regretting saying yes to joining this challenge… I don’t know how to cook with chiles… What was I thinking? What should I make? Sweet? Salty? Sweet and Salty?

I decided that I needed a way that allowed me to play with the chiles without burning my tongue or those of the taste testers… Habanero Butter!

I softened a stick of butter, cut up on Habanero Chili with gloves (it was plenty spicy), mixed it all together with a pinch of salt and placed it in the fridge to resolidify… then I started playing…

What about Grilled Cheese with avocado and tomato in habanero butter? Yummy, but sort of boring!

Ok, um, Spicy Salted Caramel? Ok, ick! not good at all…

Alright, fine, I’ll see what I can have in the kitchen… cornmeal… some yeast… honey… Now we are cooking… I give you Honey-Habanero Cornbread dusted with Cumin… They were a huge hit at dinner that night!

Ginny’s Honey-Habanero Cornbread

1/2 Tablespoon Yeast
1 cup warm water
sprinkle of sugar
2 Tablespoon Honey
2 Tablespoon Habanero Butter, melted (plus more for topping)
2 cups Cornmeal
2 cups Flour + more for kneading
1 teaspoon salt
Some cumin and salt for topping

1. Dissolve the yeast in the water with a sprinkle of sugar. Allow to proof for at least 5 minutes.
2. Mix in the honey and the melted butter (make sure the butter is not too hot or it will kill the yeast).
3. Stir in the Cornmeal and salt. Then the flour until the bread is a little sticky but coming together.
4. Place on a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastically. Add flour as needed to make it not stick.
5. Place in a greased bowl in a warm place and let rise until doubled. About an hour.
6. Divide dough into 12 and shape into rolls.
7. Preheat the oven to 350 and let the rolls rise for about 20-30 minutes.
8. Brush the rolls with the butter and sprinkle with cumin and salt.
9. Bake for 20 minutes or until they sound hollow in the middle.
10. Enjoy!

P.S. MarxFood sent me the chilies.

4 Responses to “MarxFoods Blogger Chile Recipe Challenge”

  1. Maren on September 12, 2011 8:43 pm

    I really like your recipe. Honey and Chile together is such an innovative idea. I bet it tasted delicious too. Good luck ;-)

  2. M Rahmoeller on September 14, 2011 1:00 pm

    Hi Ginny,
    I just voted for you. Bertis walked me through the process. Computers are not my strong point.
    Your recipe sounds yummy. Good luck.
    Aunt Maria

  3. Janet Thornton on September 14, 2011 6:32 pm

    Sounds great. I want to try it soon. Good Luck!

  4. mjskit on September 14, 2011 8:05 pm

    Man does this sound wonderful! I love spicy cornbread and you really, really spiced this up! LOVE IT!

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