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Southern Comfort Cupcakes: Cornbread, Mashed Potato & Gravy, and Fried Chicken Delight

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)

For Garnish:

  • Fresh chopped parsley


1. Cornbread Base:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a cupcake tray with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk buttermilk, melted butter, and egg until well combined.
  4. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated.
  5. Spoon the cornbread batter evenly into the cupcake liners, filling each about halfway.
  6. 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:

  1. Using a piping bag or a spoon, gently fill a well into the center of each cooled cornbread cupcake with mashed potatoes.
  2. Drizzle a spoonful of warm gravy over the mashed potatoes, letting it soak in slightly.

3. Fried Chicken Topping:

  1. Carefully place a fried chicken tender on top of each cupcake, allowing it to slightly lean against the mashed potatoes and gravy.

4. Garnish:

  1. Sprinkle chopped parsley over the fried chicken for a pop of color and freshness.

5. Serve:

  1. 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!

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