Cheddar-Jalapeño Cornmeal Biscuits

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Not your average buttermilk biscuits, these come full of gritty cornmeal, sharp cheddar cheese, and spicy jalapeños.

Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits

Can I be honest about something? I’ve started to hate my blog name, Completely Delicious. I’m afraid people will think I’m a snob, that I believe that everything I make isn’t only good, but that it’s completely delicious.

What a silly, pretentious name.

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Not only do I mess up in the kitchen all the time and bake plenty of mediocre things, but that’s actually not at all how this blog got its name.

Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits

Years ago as a college student focusing on art and film, I stumbled upon a class dedicated to Monty Python. I fell madly in love, and maybe became even a wee bit obsessed. (If you are unfamiliar with Monty Python, I highly recommend starting with the Dead Parrot Sketch.) Around that same time I started a personal blog and gave it the title “And Now for Something Completely Different”, a famous phrase from Monty Python.

Later when I started a food blog to chronicle my recipes and experiences in culinary school, I thought I’d be clever and call it “And Now for Something  Completely Delicious”. Since I’ve long abandoned that personal blog and no one (I’m sure) gets the reference, I shortened it to just “Completely Delicious”.

There, that’s the whole story.

Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits
Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits

It’s not a very interesting one, I know, but I wanted to get it out there. If you’re still with me, I’d like to reward you with a recipe for these biscuits, which are actually pretty darn good. You could even say they are completely delicious?

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

But seriously, these cheesy and spicy biscuits are a fun accompaniment to breakfast, a soup or salad, or even just on their own smothered in butter or honey, or both!

Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits

baking tip:Biscuit baking tips

  • Keep your ingredients cold. The butter, buttermilk, and cheese should be straight from the fridge. It’s the little bits of cold butter speckled throughout the dough that help give your biscuits rise and flaky texture. Don’t mess with it!
  • Don’t overwork the dough. It’s okay if there are some dry bits. Stop kneading when it comes together. Gently fold half of the dough over on top of itself and repeat 2-3 times.
  • If you want soft biscuits, leave about one inch spacing between them on the sheet pan during baking. If you want crispier biscuits, space them farther apart. They’re great both ways!

Cheddar-Jalapeno Cornmeal Biscuits

Cheddar-Jalapeño Cornmeal Biscuits

Simple buttermilk biscuits made with cornmeal and flavored with cheddar cheese and spicy jalapeños.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (120 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (140 grams) yellow cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, cold and cut into cubes
  • 1 cup (113 grams) cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1-2 jalapeños, thinly sliced (see Note)
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) buttermilk, chilled, plus additional for brushing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl mix together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the butter with a pastry cutter or a fork until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 3/4 cup of the cheese and the jalapeño slices. Add the buttermilk and stir until the dough comes together in a ball.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, gather the dough into a bowl and knead gently 6 times. Pat dough to about 1/2 inch thick. Cut dough into three inch rounds with a lightly floured cutter. Place on the prepared baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Brush with buttermilk and top with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.
Note: Use 1-2 jalapeños depending on how spicy you'd like the biscuits. If desired, remove the seeds before adding them to the recipe.

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