This recipe is courtesy of Cynthia Detterick-Pineda of Andrews, TX. Check out more of Cynthia's
This recipe is meant for a side dish or even a main dish if you want to go meatless, but it is almost sweet
enough to be served as a dessert!
The recipe is a conglomeration of one of my own recipes for a corn casserole that originally had
cheese and green chiles with a corn pudding base. I combined my own recipe with a wonderful recipe my cousin John Detterick submitted to me for a family recipe
book I put together for our last family reunion to celebrate my Aunt Grace Betty’s 90th birthday. He had gotten the recipe from Gourmet
Magazine. I liked the extra layer of flavor the vanilla bean gave it, and the way the extra bit of sugar helped to soften the heat from the chili. The two
recipes together produced a wonderful taste sensation that goes great with roasted meats and Bar-B-Que.
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Southwest Corn Custard with Roasted Peppers
Yields: 5 to 7 servings
Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 45 min
2 1/2 cups of fresh
corn kernels or 1 (1 pound) bag of frozen corn kernels thawed, divided
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 cup milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped, or 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to touch
4 tablespoons all-purpose
1/4 cup chopped green
chile peppers (2 or 3 roasted Anaheim or poblano chiles, peeled, and seeds removed*
1/8 teaspoon of freshly-ground nutmeg
* Roast chiles by piercing them once with a small knife and placing them
on a cast iron griddle or skillet over high heat until the skin has
charred and appears loose on the pepper. Wrap the chiles pepper with a
slightly dampened paper towel until they have cooled to touch. The skin
should peel easily from the chile pepper.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. and butter a 1 1/2-quart shallow
casserole or quiche dish.
In the food processor, pulse 1/2 of the corn until it forms a
paste (this will take approximately 8 to 10 pulses on most food processors).
In a medium-sized bowl, mix the corn paste, the remainder of the whole
corn kernels, sugar, salt, milk, cream, eggs, and vanilla seeds or
extract. Mix well, taking care to make sure the processed corn paste is
mixed in thoroughly or you will have clumps in your finished dish. ;Add
the flour, butter, and diced green chile peppers, stirring until combined.
Pour the mixture in your prepared casserole or quiche dish. Sprinkle the
nutmeg over the custard and bake on the middle rack of your oven until
the center is just set, about 40 to 45 minutes (30 minutes
at the same temperature if you are using a convection
oven). Remove from oven.
Allow the corn custard to set for approximately 5 minutes before serving.
Makes 5 to 7 servings.