Roasted Poblano Skillet Cornbread

If there's one thing that a cast-iron pan was born to do, it's make skillet cornbread. The consistent heat is exactly what cornbread needs[. My version here is camping cornbread gone wild. Roasted poblanos? Are you kidding me? This cornbread eats like a meal, and goes great with chili (see page 40) or Old-School Baked Beans (see page 254)!]

Total Time:
45 min
Cook:
45 min

Yield:
8 to 10 servings

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted, plus 2 tablespoons
  • 8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup diced roasted poblano peppers
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
Directions
  • You'll need: Campfire with grill grate, 12-inch cast-iron skillet with lid

  • Start a campfire with wood and wait until the flames die down and the coals glow red with white ash. Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet adjacent to the coals to heat up.

  • Combine the flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and baking soda in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, combine the buttermilk, milk, egg, and melted butter. Make a well in the dry ingredients and slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry, mixing gently until the lumps are dissolved. Fold in the cheese, poblanos, and corn.

  • Remove the cast-iron skillet from the fire and put the 2 tablespoons butter in the hot pan so it sizzles. Roll the butter around the pan to coat it evenly, then pour the cornbread batter into the hot skillet. Top with a lid and place back in the spot adjacent to the coals. Using a metal shovel, place hot coals on top of the lid and cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the bread is golden and firm. Rotate the pan every 7 to 8 minutes so the cornbread cooks evenly. Carefully remove the coals and lid and let the cornbread cool slightly in the pan, about 5 minutes. Slice and serve warm.

  • Conventional Cooking method:

  • Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 20 to 25 minutes, uncovered.

Prep-Ahead Tip: Roast, seed, and dice the peppers. Shred the cheese and measure everything so all you have to do is mix it all together when out camping.


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