Tasso cheese cornbread sticks

Yield: 6 servings

Measure Ingredient
¼ cup Vegetable oil
4 \N Green onions; minced green and white parts
5 ounces Cheddar cheese; grated (abt 1 1/4 cups packed)
¼ pounds Tasso, andouille or other smoked sausage minced, fried til crisp
1½ cup Fine yellow cornmeal
½ cup All-purpose flour
2 teaspoons Baking powder
½ teaspoon Baking soda
½ teaspoon Salt
2 larges Eggs; room temp
1 cup Milk; room temp
2 larges Garlic cloves; minced
2 \N JalapeĀ¤o peppers; minced

Pour 1 tablespoon of oil onto the bottom of a 15x10-inch jelly roll pan; spread over bottom and sides. Put the pan in the oven and preheat oven to 400øF. In a small bowl, mix ¼ cup each of the green onions, cheese and cooked sausage and set aside.

In a large bowl, sift together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, garlic, jalape¤o peppers and remaining oil.

Pour the milk mixture into the cornmeal mixture, add the remaining green onions, cheese and sausage and stir just until the dry ingredients are moistened, about 1 minute.

Carefully remove the preheated pan from the oven. Pour in the batter, spreading evenly; the depth of the batter will be quite thin. Sprinkle evenly with reserved green onion mixture. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Remove the cornbread from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Use a serrated knife to cut the cornbread into 24 fingers (3¾ x 1 ¼ inches), cutting 8 strips lengthwise and 4 strips crosswise. Serve warm.

The cornsticks may be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days. To recrisp, arrange the sticks 1 inch apart, on 2 large baking sheets.

Bake in a preheated 425øF oven until crisp and lightly browned, 5 to 10 minutes.

Simply Seafood Fall 1993

Submitted By DIANE LAZARUS On 01-24-95

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