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Doctoring up corn muffin mix

I have some Jiffy corn muffin mix that I'd like to use. I was going to try throwing in some blueberries, but I'm also intrigued by the idea of doing a spicy corn muffin. Any suggestions?

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  1. Small can of chopped, roasted green chiles, some cheese, shredded. I also added frozen corn (not too much) to the mix as well, along with roasted red peppers.

    1. Add chipotles in adobo sauce or finely chopped jalapeƱo. For non-spicy variation add thinly sliced fresh or frozen strawberries or chopped red, yellow, and green bell pepper or frozen corn.

      1. You're on the right track. It's fun to use some of those boxed mixes for the foundation of something special. I've used just about every spice and herb you might imagine, as well as a wide variety of cheeses, to perk up Jiffy corn muffins. The only suggestion I have is that you avoid making too many additions at a time. It can adversely affect the texture of the finished muffins and some flavors just don't go well with others in the spice/herb realm. Horseradish powder (dried horseradish) is a real nice surprise, as is a bit of dry mustard (you can also use the bottled stuff but it's a texture risk issue again) onion powder or finely chopped fresh onion, flavored sour cream based dip mixes, or even some dry white wine. Experiment. What the heck. If you don't like it you can always pull out another box for another shot at the target.

        1. Some chili powder, frozen corn kernals, jalapeno relish..

          1. Jiffy, if I recall correctly, is one of the sweeter mixes on the market.

            1. I agree with Paulj that Jiffy is a bit sweet. That being said, when I have it in the cupboard and want a spicy cornbread to go with my chili, it is much easier then making up a batch from scratch.
              I will add chopped onion, pickled jalapeno, grated cheddar cheese and creamed corn (maybe reduce liquid a bit). Yum, quick and easy!

              1. If you are doing a spicy version with chopped jalapeno, you should add chopped bacon! It's the perfect combination!

                1. I like to add corn kernels and jalapenos to the box mixes. If the recipe calls for water at all I will use the juice from the can of corn kernels as a replacement and then add the corn proportional to the mix. For the jalapenos, I just dice them up and mix in.

                  1. this is my massive tweak on jiffy corn muffin mix:
                    recipe and follow up report from my invention on july 4 for a large potluck picnic
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5354...

                    1. Since this is the season of zucchini overload, I have grated the it, squeezed it and added as most of the "liquid" component. Also tossed in handfuls of grated pepper jack. Served warm- neighborhood kids constantly ask for it.

                      1. My daughter adds chopped black olives, fresh rough-chop cilantro and grilled corn.
                        She usually makes these when she has grilled corn left over. Last time she made an avocado butter to serve alongside and it was delicious.

                        1. I decrease the amount of milk called for on the box and add a small can of creamed corn and shredded jalapeno jack cheese. I bake in a preheated, small cast iron skillet that has been greased with some of my hoarded bacon grease.

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                          1. re: Pampatz

                            You are all brilliant. Thanks for the ideas! Yes, Jiffy Mix is on the sweet side, but my market was out of my favorite Hodgson Mills whole wheat muffin mix, and I thought I would try this instead for a treat.

                          2. Here's a Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix copy cat recipe. Adjust for the amount of sugar you desire.

                            http://www.chow.com/recipes/11549