Gluten-Free Cornbread with Sweet Corn, Cherry Tomatoes and Sheep’s Cheese

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This delicious vegetarian gluten-free recipe is perfect for a gathering of family and friends, and just in time for Easter and Passover! The base is a gluten-free cornbread using oat flour, sweet white rice flour, stone-ground yellow cornmeal and bits of real corn. Plus kefir (yes probiotics!) or buttermilk, butter, delicious veggies, and two types of cheese. It’s a beautiful, heart-warming and flavorful dish that is a sophisticated take on a classic comfort food!

Recipe and photos via The Bojon Gourmet

INGREDIENTS (makes one 10″ round cornbread; 8-10 servings):
2 ears of sweet corn
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup padron peppers, halved
1/2 cup (2 ounces / 60 grams) tiny cubes of sheep’s feta (or other feta)
1/2 cup grated (2 ounces / 60 grams) firm sheep’s milk cheese (or other sharp melting cheese such as goat’s gouda, gruyère, aged jack, fresh pecorino, or sharp cheddar)
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion 5 tablespoons (2.5 ounces / 70 grams) unsalted butter
1/2 cup (2.25 ounces / 60 grams) gluten-free oat flour
1/2 cup (3 ounces / 85 grams) sweet white rice flour (mochiko)
1 cup (5 ounces / 140 grams) stone-ground yellow cornmeal 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups (10 ounces / 295 ml) well-shaken plain, low-fat kefir (or buttermilk, or runny yogurt)

1) Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375ºF (190ºC).

2) Shuck the corn and remove the silk. Holding an ear in a shallow bowl, use a sharp paring knife to cut the kernels off of the corn. Reverse your knife and scrape any remaining good stuff off of the cob as well. Repeat with the other ear, discarding the cobs. Prepare the other vegetables and the cheeses and have them at the ready.

3) Place the butter in a 10″ oven-proof skillet and set the skillet in the oven to melt the butter, about 5 minutes.

4) In a large bowl, whisk together the oat flour, rice flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk well to eradicate lumps. Add the eggs and kefir, and stir until just combined.

5) Remove the pan from the oven, swirl to coat the sides with butter, then pour the melted butter into the batter along with the corn and grated cheese, stirring quickly and gently to combine.

6) Scrape the batter into the buttery, hot pan, and spread evenly. Top with the tomatoes, peppers, feta, and onions. Bake the cornbread until golden on top, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35-45 minutes. (The cooking time will vary depending on the moisture in your vegetables, the thickness of the kefir, the temperature of the oven, the material of your baking pan, etc., so just keep cooking it until it passes the toothpick test.)

7) Let the cornbread cool for at least 1 hour; the bread is still cooking from residual heat. Cut into wedges and serve. Extras can be kept airtight at room temperature for up to a few days.

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