Our Savory Corn Muffins on the cool down rack. Just waiting to be served!

Our Savory Corn Muffins on the cool down rack. Just waiting to be served!

ADDING A SMOKY INGREDIENT FOR A SAVORY CORN MUFFINS

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Ready for a savory take on the standard corn muffin recipe?  I’m adding a smoked chive to bring these muffins to a whole new level.

You may have seen someone bake cornbread in a cast iron skillet on the grill but that’s just cast iron cooking.  I’m taking fresh chives that have been smoked on the stovetop with hardwood chips from SmokinLicious® and adding them to a favorite buttermilk cornbread recipe for a sweet-savory combination.  You can read about our technique for smoking the chives in Dr. Smoke’s Tips and Technique blog.

We are pouring our batter into the muffin pan and topping it off with our smoked chives in preparation for bacon.

A Flavorful Batter

To make 12 muffins you’ll need the following:

  • 1-1/4 cups fat-free buttermilk
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup yellow cornmeal, medium ground
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 oz. grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped smoked fresh chives, divided

Preheat the oven to 400° F.  Combine the buttermilk, olive oil, and egg in a small bowl.  Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and ground red pepper in a medium size bowl, stirring well with a whisk.  Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour into that well the milk mixture, stirring just until moist.  Stir in ½ cup of the cheese and 2 Tablespoons of the smoked chives.  Spoon into 12 muffin cups that have been greased.  Sprinkle muffins with the remaining cheese and chives.  Now bake in the oven for about 13 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.  Remove from the oven and the remove the muffins from the tin to a wire cooling rack.

Culinary Crew Tasting Notes

Our finished muffins hot from the oven on our plate to be served with your favorite jam or butter.

There are so many variations you can add to this standard recipe while keeping the smoked chives.

  • Add fruit such as blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries and leave out the cheese and pepper.
  • Go meaty with bacon or pancetta but hold the sugar and think about adding a different cheese such as Gruyere or Swiss.
  • You can also change the flavor by swapping out almond flour or coconut flour for the all-purpose.

Purchase products:

Wood Chips- Minuto®

Additional reading:

-EMBER FIRED EGGPLANT & FETA TARTS

-ROOTING FOR GLAZED SMOKED TURNIPS

-Crostini with Smoked Asparagus

Dr Smoke

Dr Smoke -You will love these corn muffins with a touch of smoky flavor!

 

Look at these wonderful bright green chives that we will be adding a pinch of smokey flavor by our stove top smoked chives techniques

By our stove top smoked chives techniques we will be adding a pinch of smokey flavor to these wonderful bright green chives

STOVE TOP SMOKED CHIVES FRESH FROM THE GARDEN

 

Fresh chives are in season so why not do something different with this wonderful herb and try your hand a smoking them!  One of the easiest methods for controlling the heat and smoke level to a delicate item like herbs is to use a stove top smoker or stove top smoker set up with a cast iron pan.  The point of smoking the chives is to add a depth of flavor to any recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

Minuto® Wood Chips

STOVE TOP PAN PREPARATIONS:

Our favorite stove-top smoker

Be sure your smoker base pan of the stove top unit or of your cast iron pan is clean of any previous wood chips or food scraps.  Add the SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Minuto® Smoker Wood Chips in Size #6 in the base of the unit or skillet, about a dessert plate full of chips. Be sure to select a wood flavor that will not overpower the chives flavor.  My choice is Sugar Maple.  The chips should be left dry as stove top techniques work best with dry wood product.

HEATING THE PAN:

After adding the wood chips turn the heat level of your stove to medium.  Put the cover of the unit on or a lid on the pan and let the chips begin to smoke.  On the stove top unit, keep the vent top open about ¼ turn.  You can alter the position of the lid on a skillet so it isn’t air tight.  Remember, you’ll want to trap most of the smoke into the unit or pan.  Once you see smoke vapor exit the vent, it’s time to add the chives.

Putting the chips in the bottom of the pan

PREPARING THE CHIVES:

Gently wash the chives and trim the bloom heads of the stalks as well as any dry bottoms.  Pat the chives dry and place in the food pan.

SMOKING PROCESS:

Using a stove top smoker will be the easiest way to get smoke flavor to each chive as the food pans have evenly placed vent holes to ensure great flavoring to every part of the food item.  Maintain a temperature of about 150°F to ensure that you don’t burn the chives.  About 10 minutes into the infusion, check the chives by lifting off the cover and see if they have taken on a golden hue.  If so, you’re about ½ way there!  At this point, the chives will begin to lose moisture and become similar to a dried herb.

After about 20 minutes, you’re ready to remove the chives and start on the next batch.  Once the smoking process is finished, starting thinking of all the uses for this flavorful herb. Be sure to check out our recipe postings to give you inspiration. Please try using our stove top smoked chives technique on this seasonal herb for a wonderful smokey flavor.

Note the smokey color on the finished product

Bon-Bar-B-Q!

 

Purchase Products:

Wood Chips- Minuto®

Dr Smoke

Dr Smoke- “Smoking chives adds a distinctively great flavor to this versatile herb.”

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