Spoon Bread

from Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone by Deborah Madison

3/4 cup fine stone-ground white or yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons baking powder
salt and freshly milled white pepper if savory
4 tbs. butter, cut into chunks
4 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup of milk
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Lightly butter a 2-quart souffle or other baking dish. Stir the cornmeal, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt together, then add the butter and pour 1 1/2 cups boiling water over all. Stir to break up any lumps, then let stand until the butter is melted. Add the eggs and milk, pour into the baking dish, and bake until puffed, golden and set, 45-50 minutes. Serve hot.
Cheese and Chile Spoon Bread  Stir 1/3 to 1/2 cup chopped roasted green chiles into the batter and scatter 1/2 cup finely grated Muenster or Jack cheese over the top before baking.
Spoon Bread with Condiments  This is a great way to enjoy spoon bread for brunch or supper.  Arrange a variety of condiments in little bowls:  salsas, chopped cilantro and chopped scallion; diced jalapeño chile or chopped roasted green chile; grated Jack or Muenster or crumbled goat cheese.  Serve the bread with a large spoon to make a neat mound, then let each person scatter condiments over the top.

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