Our fresh sliced tomato topped cornbread cakes are full of spicy hatch chilies and cheddar cheese. Serve warm for the perfect treat for a Cinco de Mayo celebration!
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup finely grated cheddar cheese, plus two tablespoons
1 cup buttermilk
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 large eggs
4 ounce can hatch chilies, well drained
10 thin tomato slices, about the size of the top of the baking cup
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F; lightly coat eight baking cups with cooking spray. Whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, melted butter, and eggs. Add to the cornmeal mixture and whisk until just combined. Stir in the chilies then rest the batter for 15 minutes.
Evenly fill the baking cups about ¾ full. Place in the oven and bake for 9 minutes or until the cornbread cakes are just starting to set on the top. Remove and top each one with a tomato slice and then evenly add the remaining cheese over the tomato slices. Place back in the oven and bake until the cornbread portion is just golden brown about, 5-7 minutes more or when a cake tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool slightly. Serve warm with butter.