Recipe: Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

Ingredients:
3 cups half and half
4 cups corn
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
4 tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup cornmeal
5 large eggs
3 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Butter a 9×13 shallow ceramic baking dish.  In a large skillet, melt the butter.  Add the thyme and cook over moderate heat until the onion is softened, about 8 minutes.  Remove from the heat.  Add the corn and cornmeal and toss to combine.  Season with salt and pepper and let cool.

In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the half-and-half.  In a blender or food processor, combine 1 cup of the custard with 1 cup of the corn mixture and puree until smooth.  Whisk the puree into the custard.  Then stir in the corn mixture, cheese, salt and pepper until well blended.

Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish and bake for about 40 minutes until the pudding is slightly puffed and just starting to brown.  Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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