Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Cajun Corn Pudding & Peach Salsa

Yes, you guessed it, another southern recipe! Cajun Corn Pudding this time. It sounds a bit gross, the word pudding and all, but I promise it really isn't. It's meaty, a little spicy and a little sweet, it real comfort food. Well obviously as it is souther.
This recipe is from Diners, Drive ins and Dives and I came across it on The Food Network and you can find it here 

We had a little BBQ, even though it was pretty cold and windy, for Dan's mum and dad the other week and these are two little side dishes I knocked up. Any excuse for me to test some new recipes.

What your going to need:

Butter for the baking dish
1/4 cup fine breadcrumbs
4 ears of sweet corn (or a can of sweet corn)
2 tbsp olive oil
Sea salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
6 slices of bacon, chopped
3/4 cup diced onions
3/4 cup diced bell pepper
2 cups heavy cream
1 cup milk
5 eggs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp freshly ground pepper
1/4 tsp grated nutmeg

What you need to do:

Firstly preheat the oven to 190 C and butter the bottom and sides of a baking dish, sprinkle the breadcrumbs evenly to coat the bottom and sides of the dish. 

Cut the corn off the cob or just empty a can of corn like I did (cheat!) Heat some olive oil in a pan over a medium heat, add the corn, 1 1/2 tsps salt and cayenne and saute for 2-3 mins. Add the bacon and cook until crisp. Now add onions and bell peppers and cook them until they are a little soft, not too soft though. Leave a little crunch. Remove it all from the heat.

In a medium bowl whisk the cream, milk, eggs, parmesan, cornmeal, sugar, pepper and nutmeg until frothy. Add the corn mixture from the pan and stir to combine. Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 mins until firm. Serve it hot from the oven!

It is seriously yummy! My mum was doubtful when I handed her a huge bowl but she loved it and asked for more.

I also made a little peach salsa to go with the BBQ'd mackerel. It was pretty spicy but the peaches added a nice sweetness.

What I used:

1 can of peach slices
2 tomatoes
1/2 a lime
1/4 white onion
1 yellow pepper 
1 green jalapeno
1 tbsp sugar

What you need to do:

Chop everything up into the same sized pieces and pop them into a bowl, I only added a few of the seeds from the jalapeno. If your brave, add them all.

Squeeze over the lime juice and sprinkle over the sugar. Give it a good mix up and pop it in the fridge to cool a bit.

We served it with mackerel from the BBQ but you could add it to tacos or with a salad maybe.

Try out the recipes and let me know what you think in the comments section below. I'd love to hear from you.

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