I was planning to blog about a few other things this week but have noticed over the past few days that just about the only thing on most people’s minds is their Thanksgiving menu. I’ve actually had several emails from friends and co-workers requesting recipes for a couple of specific things, so I decided I should share them with the world (or at least my lovely devoted readers)!
Every year we have a Thanksgiving potluck at work, and every year I bring the same thing- Corn Pudding. Actually, a couple of my co-workers probably wouldn’t allow me to participate if I didn’t bring it. When the sign-up sheet comes out, I’m not even the one that signs myself up anymore, yet mine is the first name on the list, with a big CORN PUDDING out beside it. No joke. Don’t get me wrong, I love corn pudding as much as my co-worker who signs me up for it, so I would probably continue to bring it time and time again even if I wasn’t prompted. But it is nice knowing my food is appreciated :-)
When it came time to make it this year, I remembered that in previous years the container was scraped clean, with no leftovers to have for lunch the next day. This is just not acceptable around my office- we want to eat like kings for at least a couple of days! So this time I doubled the recipe and made 2 separate casserole dishes, thinking we probably wouldn’t even put the second one out on the table, but instead, save it for the next day’s lunch.
Yeah, right. Dish #1 went fast, so Dish #2 was heated up and over half of it was devoured as well. I’ve now learned my lesson and have made a mental note to triple the recipe next year!
Some of you out there may be reading this and thinking, “What the heck is corn pudding?”. Well, it’s served as a side dish, and is most definitely a classic Southern comfort food. I’ve seen it made with various ingredients, some more sweet and some more savory.
This recipe was handed down from my grandmother– it was a dish that she often made when I was growing up. So not only do I love it because it’s outrageously yummy, but I love it even more because it brings back memories of her. Hers is on the sweeter end of the spectrum of corn puddings, and it’s totally addictive, so beware!
Grandmama's Corn Pudding
2 (14.75 oz) cans cream style corn*
4 Tbsp butter
4 Tbsp flour
6 Tbsp sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk (whole, 2%, skim, soy, whatever you have on hand, they'll all work!)
*you can also use 1 can drained whole kernel in place of 1 can cream style for a thicker consistency
Preheat oven to 350. Melt butter. In an 8x8 pyrex casserole dish*, mix melted butter with sugar and flour. Add beaten egg and mix.
Add corn and milk. Mix all. Bake for 1 hour.
*make sure you use a flat dish to bake, and not a bowl. The bowl shape will cause it to cook unevenly, and your center will be too runny.