Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chili and Cornbread in a Jar, and Simple Lives Thursday

Greetings all!
I've still barely managed to get any cooking done, but thanks to my dear sweet friend Tracy I was able to throw together a hot meal that was blog-worthy with very little effort.
Tracy, like a lot of awesome people, brought us a bunch of meals that can sit in the freezer until we're too busy to feed ourselves.  She rightly guessed that we'd gotten a lot of food when Ellie was first born but that we had probably eaten it all already and were in need of more.  Tracy brought lots of soups, including chili, so I decided I'd make individual meals in a jar by combining her chili with a cornbread recipe and baking it all in the oven.
Everything came together in less than half an hour and was totally delicious.  This is an easy way to make normal dinner a little extra special, and it'd be great for giving gifts or taking meals on the go.

I used wide mouth jars because they're easier to work with.

Chili and Cornbread in a Jar

start with 1.5 c. of your favorite chili recipe per serving

cornbread (makes 4 servings)
1 c. cornmeal
1 c. unbleached all purpose flour
4 tsp. baking soda
4 tsp. honey
4 tsp. melted butter
1 egg
1 c. buttermilk
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

Combine the first three ingredients in a bowl.  If you'd like, add some dried jalapeños and herbs.
 In another bowl combine your wet ingredients.  Be sure you cool the butter before you add it so you don't risk cooking the eggs.

Combine wet and dry.

 Take your chili.
 And ladle it into your jars.
Add a couple ice cream scoops (probably totaled 1/3 c.) of the dough on top of the chili.
 I baked the jars on a sheet pan just in case any of the dough bubbled over the sides.
Bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes or until the chili is bubbly and the cornbread is brown.
 Best eaten straight out of the jar.  A drizzle of honey wouldn't hurt!
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~T said...

I'm totally going to have to try this! Sounds delish!

Anonymous said...

What a great idea - and on a chilly day like this, it sounds absolutely amazing!

Kierstan said...

(that would be my comments above...)

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