Tuesday, June 26, 2018

What's Cooking?

Cuban Sandwiches

Classic ingredients for Cuban sandwiches: ham, roast pork, dill pickles, cheese, and mustard.
 A Cuban sandwich should be toasted on a panini press, but I used
a frying pan because that's what I have. I used lots of butter!
Served with crudités, mostly locally grown. We definitely enjoyed them!

Cornbread with Bell Peppers and Cheese

Preparation for making cornbread: the dry ingredients, the liquid ingredients, the cheese, bell peppers (barely visible
in blue measuring cup), and the baking dish with butter to flavor the crust. Stir it all together when the oven is ready!

I've also been looking up the history of this type of cornbread. My recipe has pretty much sugar, so it probably is of Southern origin -- in the North, cornbread was savory and usually flavored with bacon fat. Going back further: in colonial times, Europeans preferred wheat to corn, which was considered inferior. Scarcity of wheat often required adding cornmeal to yeast breads which were then called cornbread, though were different from the modern baking-powder versions. Corn pone and similar unleavened dishes were eaten, but wheat was generally the preferred grain. In the 19th century, the development of chemical leavening and then commercial baking powder for quick breads enabled modern type cornbreads. By the 1870s, published cookbooks offered a variety of cornbread recipes. The Jiffy Mix (which I didn't use) was invented in 1930.

Just enough for lunch.
I have written about cornbread a number of times. This week's recipe is HERE. I made a double batch (9 x 13 inch pan rather than 8 inch pan) and used roasted red bell peppers instead of hot peppers.

4 comments:

Jeanie said...

Rick would love the Cuban. And I would love the cornbread!

judee said...

Seriously a hearty sandwich- we are not meat eaters so I'll stick to the cornbread

Deb in Hawaii said...

I've been craving cornbread lately--your cornbread makes me crave it even more! ;-)

Beth F said...

I make a maple cornbread that's heavenly.