3/29/10

spicy corn casserole



Hic...

Hic...

Well... I have the hiccups. And I just don't have the hiccups, I get the hiccups. It becomes an event.



My sister compares me 'to that drunk mouse in the cartoons.'

My whole body jolts. I can't think, it hurts to move, I just hiccup.

Hic.

And they will come and go for hours, sometimes days.

Hic.

My cure of choice is a tablespoon of sugar but after a downing a few tablespoons... well, let's just say a sugar high and the hiccups just don't mix. I almost don't live to tell the tale.

Hic.



spicy corn casserole: adapted from chaos in the kitchen

4 cup corn kernels, divided into 3 cups and 1 cup... want a neat way to take the kernels off the cob? click here.
2 cups milk, divided
2 tbsp butter
1/2 onion, diced
2 jalapenos, diced
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper, to taste
1/3 cup cornmeal
 3 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese 
chopped cilantro for garnish

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease a cast iron pan or medium casserole dish with butter. In a food processor, combine 3 cups of corn kernels and 1 cup of milk. Pulse several times or until about half of the corn is pureed. Melt butter in a sauce pan over medium-high heat. Saute onions and jalapenos in butter until soft. Sprinkle with flour and cook for a couple of minutes or until golden. Add remaining 1 cups of milk and whisk until smooth. Cook, whisking often, until thick and smooth. Salt and pepper the sauce to taste. Stir in corn mixture, the 1 cup whole corn kernels, cornmeal, and cilantro. Taste for salt and pepper again. Pour mixture into the casserole dish and sprinkle with grated cheese. Bake 30 minutes or until cheese is golden and beginning to brown. If the cheese isn't brown enough you can place it under the broiler for a minute or two.Allow casserole to sit for about 10 minutes and then sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro before serving.

Tasting Notes: Hic.


8 comments:

Melissa said...

Wait, you wont' eat corn chowder but... O_o

"Tasting Notes: Hic."

*Giggle*

cestlavietlb said...

I get hiccups when I eat spicy food. Guaranteed. It's like I am a walking Scoville scale!

Hope you stop soon!

PS MY teach used to put out a $100 bill when someone had hiccups. She said if we could hiccup again, we could have it. She never ever gave it away...

robin @ penny pinching provisions said...

This looks so good! Pepper jack cheese is my favorite. I always want a side when we have tacos or chili, and I can never think of what would go with it. This would be perfect!

Kristin @ Going Country said...

And HOW do you get the kernels off the corn, Krysta? With a naught-looking bundt pan, that's how. But you already knew that.

Liam O'Malley said...

Kernels off the corn with a bundt pan? Color me intrigued. I've always used the (perhaps more barbaric) get 'em with a steak knife method.

me again said...

I would SO make this for our family-gettogether Easter dinner if only there was a general concensus that jalapenos were not evil. But alas, it would not go over well. Sigh. I WILL make this here in my household, though :-)
==lennie==

stacey said...

a mouse, a cat, and an electric shaver... good times

krysta said...

mel... teehee... i am working on the corn chowder.

cestlavietlb... i would have won that 100 dollars!!! and i stopped.

robin... it is perfect and would go nicely with tacos maybe even meatloaf.

kristin... i included the link... sorry i forgot, that was the best trick EVER.

liam... you have to try this bundt method.

me again.... jalapenos are not evil but try it at home there will be more for you that way.

stacey... hahaha... that is the mouse you meant right?