Get ready to indulge in a whimsical twist on Southern classics! Our Southern Comfort Cupcakes are a delightful fusion of cornbread, creamy mashed potatoes, savory gravy, and crispy fried chicken tenders. Each bite offers a symphony of flavors and textures that capture the essence of comfort food with a creative flair. Perfect for parties, gatherings, or simply satisfying your comfort food cravings, these savory cupcakes are a unique and mouthwatering treat that brings a touch of Southern charm to your plate.
Preparation Time: 2 hours
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Yields: 12 savory cupcakes
For the Cornbread Base:
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
- 1 egg
For the Mashed Potato & Gravy Filling:
- 2 cups mashed potatoes (prepared and cooled)
- 1 cup prepared chicken or turkey gravy
For the Fried Chicken Topping:
- 12 small fried chicken tenders (precooked and cooled)
- Fresh chopped parsley
1. Cornbread Base:
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a cupcake tray with paper liners.
- In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, melted butter, and egg until well combined.
- Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
- Spoon the cornbread batter evenly into the cupcake liners, filling each about halfway.
- Bake in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool.
2. Mashed Potato & Gravy Filling:
- Using a piping bag or a spoon, gently fill a well into the center of each cooled cornbread cupcake with mashed potatoes.
- Drizzle a spoonful of warm gravy over the mashed potatoes, letting it soak in slightly.
3. Fried Chicken Topping:
- Carefully place a fried chicken tender on top of each cupcake, allowing it to slightly lean against the mashed potatoes and gravy.
- Sprinkle chopped parsley over the fried chicken for a pop of color and freshness.
- Arrange the completed cupcakes on a serving platter, and get ready to wow your guests with this creative twist on classic Southern comfort food!
These savory Southern Comfort Cupcakes are a delightful blend of flavors and textures that pay homage to the beloved cornbread, mashed potato, gravy, and fried chicken trio. Enjoy the fusion of comforting goodness in every bite!