Friday, November 13, 2009

Add Some Texas To Your Turkey Day

Great southwestern recipe just in time to be a new vegetable dish for your Thanksgiving feast! This recipe says for 4 to 6 people, so I am going to triple the amounts for our crew. Coutesy of Texas Monthly Magazine:

Creamed Corn With Crispy Bread Crumb Topping

Corn:

3/4 pound pancetta or good-quality bacon, diced
1 cup diced red onion
8 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 pint whipping cream
1/3 cup quick-cook polenta
1 teaspoon chipotle purée (optional)
1 cup finely grated Parmesan
1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley, divided

In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat, render pancetta until crisp. Pour off about half of the fat and reserve for topping.

Add onion to pancetta in pan and sauté over medium heat until golden. Add corn and cook just until it starts to become tender. Add cream and bring to a simmer, stirring gently. Scatter the polenta evenly in several batches over the corn-cream mixture, stirring between each addition. Cook until mixture is thickened, about 5 minutes. Fold in chipotle purée and Parmesan and add half the chopped parsley. Taste, adjusting seasoning if needed.


Topping:

reserved pancetta fat from corn recipe
1 1/2 cups panko (coarse Japanese bread crumbs)
kosher salt to taste
freshly ground pepper to taste
reserved flat-leaf parsley from corn recipe
Heat reserved fat in a nonstick sauté pan over low or medium-low heat. Add bread crumbs and toss until golden, being careful not to burn. Season with salt and pepper. Add reserved parsley and remove from heat.

To serve, bring creamed corn to a simmer and pour into an ovenproof pan (or individual serving dishes). Sprinkle bread crumbs evenly on top and heat under broiler until golden brown, watching carefully.
Serves 4 to 6.


This image is not exactly the above recipe, but I haven't made it yet, so don't have my own photo!

3 comments:

Todd said...

We're crossing the border again this T-giving (to Oklahoma). So close to Texas, and yet the food and people are so different! So is the weather. It's a week I'll never get back!

Kay Dennison said...

It looks like what we call scalloped corn with a few variations. I love it.

joared said...

I really like corn of all kinds and fixed every which way. This recipe looks really yummy. Thanks for sharing!

Hard for me to realize there are individuals actually allergic to corn and all corn products as a family member of mine became in his mid thirties. I never realized how much corn permeates so much of our foods. Eating out for this person is now a real challenge.