Please consult the OU's guidelines for checking fruits and vegetables.

Cornbread with a Kick
Cornbread with a Kick Eileen Goltz | Dairy
1 hour, 5 minutes 25 minutes
40 minutes
9 squares (6 to 8 servings)

  • Add another jalapeno pepper if you like your cornbread really spicy.
  • Fresh cilantro tends to be infested with aphids, thrips and other insects. Please see
    “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on checking cilantro for insect infestation.
  • Butter-flavored spray
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon canola oil
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels
  • 1 large jalapeno pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Spray an 8-inch square baking pan with butter-flavored spray.
  2. Roast the jalapeno pepper. Chop, seed and set aside.
  3. In a bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Mix to combine.
  4. In another bowl combine the buttermilk, eggs, oil and sour cream. Whisk to combine. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture.
    Stir only once or twice.
  5. Add the corn, pepper and cilantro; mix until just barely combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the baking pan and bake about 25 minutes or until a toothpick tester comes out clean and edges just begin to come away from the side of the pan.

Kashrut Instructions


DESCRIPTION: Fresh Chives, basil, cilantro, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, and thyme are often used as spices or garnishing.

Please Note: Curly leaf parsley is very difficult to check. It is therefore recommended that only flat leaf parsley be used.

INFESTATION: Aphids, thrips and other insects may often be found on the leaves and stems of these herbs. Insects tend to nestle in the crevices between the leaves and branches of herbs. These insects can curl up and stick to the leaf once they come in contact with water.

Vegetable spinners, power hoses, and light boxes are not always available in the home. We therefore recommend the following alternate procedure.

RECOMMENDATION: In order to determine if a particular bunch of herbs is infested prior to washing, bang it several times over a white cloth. This is most important when checking oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme. If only one or two insects are found proceed with the steps below. If three or more insects are detected in a particular bunch of herbs it should not be used.


  1. Soak herbs in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated unscented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
  2. Agitate the herbs in the soapy water, in order to loosen the sticking excretion of the bugs.
  3. Using a heavy stream of water, thoroughly wash off the soap and other foreign matter from the herbs.
  4. Check both sides of each leaf under direct light.
  5. If one or two insects are found, rewash the herbs.
  6. If any insects are found after repeating the agitation process twice, the entire bunch must be discarded.

Please note: To prepare herbs such as cilantro, dill, or parsley for use in soups, wash them thoroughly and place in a cooking bag.