Recipe: Gluten-Free Cheesy Bacon Cornbread Muffins Featuring Original Jarlsberg Cheese

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Sometimes, I have gluten envy. Does it ever happen to you, too?

By “gluten envy,” what I mean is that I see a gluteny product and, even though I know it could hurt me really really badly if I ate it, I want it anyway. I stare at it longingly, lovingly, imagining what it would taste like, so much so that I can actually almost taste it.

And then I remember that I can’t have it. Back to reality. And I get cranky, tempted to throw a temper tantrum like a two-year-old.

See, this always happens to me at BJs. Whenever boyfriend and I go to BJs, we pick up a rotisserie chicken to take home. BJs is one of the few places I know of that has rotisserie chicken I’m confident is actually gluten-free, so we’re there buying chicken often.

Here’s the problem: right next to the chicken is a stand of mini cornbreads. Like, a box of these cornbreads has maybe a dozen mini loaves in there, and the size is just so cute and they look so delicious. And there they are, right by the chicken, a perfect complement! But nope, I can’t have those cornbreads. As cute as they look, they would wreck my stomach and leave me sick for days. So of course I walk away from the stand of cornbreads, feeling a serious case of gluten envy.

Here’s the antidote to gluten envy. Use it as your mantra next time you feel it creeping up…

Make your own.

(And make it gluten-free, of course.)

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I used that gluteny cornbread to inspire me to make not only my own cornbread, but my own gluten-free cornbread that tastes better than that store-bought stuff. And the best part is, my recipe is ridiculously easy to make.

And did I mention mine involves bacon? Oh, it does. Lots of bacon. And cheese, too! Everything is better with bacon and cheese. The cheese I chose is original Jarlsberg®, which I love for so many reasons. It’s gluten- and lactose-free (and that’s marked right on the wrapping). It has a delicious nutty flavor and adorable holes, reminiscent of Swiss. And it’s versatile, tasting good in a variety of things—I enjoy slivers of it on top of gluten-free crackers, I add it into recipes, I top breaded gluten-free chicken tenders with it…there are lots of possibilities with this yummy cheese. Thank you to the fine folks at Jarlsberg for sending me some to sample! (I have since bought 3 more original Jarlsbergs at the grocery store. I might be addicted.)

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Now let’s get started putting this original Jarlsberg to good use! Here’s how you can make your own gluten-free Cheesy Bacon Cornbread Muffins!

What you’ll need:

  • One box Krusteaz gluten-free honey cornbread mix
    • This mix also calls for 1 cup of milk (I used unsweetened original almond milk from Blue Diamond), 1 egg, and 1 cup of vegetable oil (I used sunflower oil instead)
  • I box Oscar Mayer pre-cooked bacon
  • Original Jarlsberg cheese

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How to make it:

  • Line a muffin tin with 12 wrappers
  • Prepare cornbread mix according to Krusteaz package instructions; set batter aside and do not put into muffin tins yet
  • Heat up all the bacon in the package and get it crispy (I realize it may sound like a lot to use all 12 strips of bacon for this recipe, but since the recipe yields 12 muffins, that’s about 1 strip of bacon per muffin)
  • Once the bacon is crispy, break it into small pieces and stir it into the cornbread batter
  • Get out your Jarlsberg cheese and dice the desired amount into little bits (I used about 4 ounces; use more or less depending on how much of a cheese lover you are!); then stir those bits into the batter
  • Make sure the cornbread batter is mixed evenly, and then scoop it into your wrappers
  • Once the mix is in the muffin tin, slice some small slices of Jarlsberg. Take quarter-sized pieces and put one on top of each muffin, so the top is deliciously cheesy
  • Bake muffins according to package instructions

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How to enjoy your gluten-free Cheesy Bacon Cornbread Muffins

I love the versatility of this recipe. I’ve made the muffins a few times, and here are my serving suggestions:

  • As a side dish for rotisserie chicken (of course—to satisfy my original craving!)
  • As a brunch dish—muffins with bacon and cheese will go nicely with any brunch spread!
  • As a late-night or mid-morning snack—this muffin satisfies carb or salty cravings
  • As a side dish at a barbecue—they’ll go well with hot dogs

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What other ways can you think of to enjoy these delicious muffins?

Disclaimer: The Jarlsberg cheese mentioned in this article was provided to me for review purposes. This did not influence the article in any way; my opinions are my own. If I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t cover it here. See my personal disclaimer for more details.

 

 

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