Tag Archives: jalapeno

Cornmeal biscuits with roasted vegetables

Matthew:  Now that it is getting cooler I’ve been itching to do more baking.  But with so much late  summer produce at hand, I decided to try something a little different.  I found the basic cornmeal biscuit recipe in The Joy of Cooking and then added some roasted corn, red bell peppers, jalapeno, and cheddar cheese right before forming the biscuits.  They didn’t rise as much as I hoped they would, but they still taste really good, especially warmed up.  Next time, I would add a little more than the half of a jalapeno that I used to spice them up a bit more.  Below is the biscuit recipe:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.  Whisk together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1/2 cup cornmeal, 2 t baking powder, 2 T sugar, 1/2 t baking soda, and 1/2 t salt.  Cut in 5-6 T cold butter until pieces are the size of breadcrumbs.  Add 3/4 cup buttermilk, mix.  (Add roasted veggies and cheese.)  With floured hands, gather dough into a ball and gently knead in the bowl.  Roll dough out 1/2 inch thick and cut into 2 inch squares.  Bake 10-12 minutes.

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Leek and Ham Quiche

Matthew:  I had some late summer leeks to use up from my CSA and I decided that they would go well in a quiche with some diced ham, red bell pepper, jalapeno, and swiss cheese.  I used this recipe for the crust and as a guide for baking time.  I baked the crust for less than ten minutes and then put the filling in for the rest of the baking.  It turned out really well and made for a tasty dinner for several nights.   I tried using some organic brown eggs for the quiche.  I’m not sure that I can really tell a difference in the taste, but it is nice to support local, organic farms.