Corn muffins are one of those things that can be eaten with other foods or can be eaten as a snack by themselves. Some people like to make them sweeter than others.
Some of the foods people believe corn muffins go especially well with are beans, cabbage, chili, fish, greens, pork and sauerkraut. Others prefer them over crackers when they have soup. My paternal grandfather loved pouring thick, ice-cold, unpasteurized milk over his sliced corn muffins, then topped them with fresh fruit.
Try this recipe for microwave corn muffins, then eat them with whatever you prefer.
- 3 Tablespoons margarine or butter, softened
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 ¼ cups buttermilk baking mix
- ⅔ cup yellow cornmeal
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup milk
- Place paper liners in 6 muffin cups, 2 ½ x 1 ¼ inches or 6-ounce custard cups. Arrange cups in circle on 12-inch plate.
- Mix margarine and sugar.
- Beat in eggs, 1 at a time; mix in remaining ingredients.
- Beat vigorously (batter will be slightly lumpy).
- Fill muffins ½ full.
- Microwave uncovered on high (100%) 1 minute; rotate plate ½ turn.
- Microwave until tops spring back when touched lightly and are almost dry, 1 ½ - 2 minutes longer.
- Let stand 1 minute; remove to rack.
- Repeat with remaining batter and additional cupcake liners.
Makes 1 dozen muffins
There are very few foods with which corn muffins will not go. In particular, dishes that are a bit "soupy" gives one an excuse to dip the muffin in the bowl to soak up some of that savory taste to go with the sweet delicacy of the muffin itself.
When asked, many people indicated they thought corn muffins were just perfect with greens. Some people use the muffins to help scoop the vegetables onto their forks (so they don't have to use their fingers!).
Chili and corn muffins go together like a horse and carriage, love and marriage, etc. Some things are just meant to go together - naturally. Wendy's should begin serving corn muffins with their chili, instead of the crackers they currently serve.
Red beans add a bit of a different taste to corn muffins. If you have any muffin left when you get to the bottom of the bowl, you can use it to sop up any liquid left (instead of picking up the bowl and drinking the leftover liquid).
Corn bread or corn muffins go great with fish. My father loved eating fried fish, cole slaw, hash browns and either corn bread or corn muffin for dinner. He rarely ever ate that for lunch unless it was a Saturday afternoon.
Menagerie of soups
Any kind of soup goes well with corn muffins. Some people like to crumble up their muffins into the soup just as others like to do the same with crackers. It takes some of the "steam" out of the soup and adds a bit more consistency.