Fat Sunday

Jalapeno onion cornbreadSome friends and I got together for a combined Fat Tuesday potluck and Oscar-watching party last Sunday, engaging in a spirited red carpet dress review while feasting on spicy crawfish, onion and jalapeño cornbread, vegetarian jambalaya, shrimp and sausage gumbo over brown rice, and bananas foster. I made the cornbread using a recipe from Veganomicon in a 12" cast-iron skillet. I don't actually own a skillet, so I brought the ingredients to the party and used the host's skillet. I could have used a baking dish at home instead, but there was something incredibly satisfying about sautéing the onions and jalapeños in the skillet on the stovetop and then pouring in the batter and popping the whole thing in the oven to bake. Furthermore, everyone at the party got to eat cornbread fresh and warm from the oven, an undeniable bonus. I'll be a little more aggressive with the peppers next time to see if I can generate some more heat, since the cornbread turned out quite mild. Now if only I can figure out how to bake an Oscar statuette into a King Cake...