Baked Corn and Bacon | Otago Daily Times News Online

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This is comfort food at its best, never bland or boring – the flavors are quite tangy, with a bit of bite – the sweet and savory bacon balances the spiciness of a ripe cheddar and the juiciness of creamy corn envelops the all.

It makes an elegant lunch or a casual dinner served with a salad. Cut into bite-size pieces, it’s a perfect appetizer – easy to eat in one bite. It is eminently transportable, which makes it ideal for picnics or lucky pots. Good hot, straight out of the oven, but I think the flavors are much more intense when cooled a bit.

For 4-6 people

130g self-rising flour

1 and ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika

½ teaspoon of onion salt

100g savory cheddar cheese, grated

â…“ cup chives or spring onions, finely chopped

180 g striped bacon, finely chopped

60 g sundried tomatoes in oil, drained well, patted dry and finely chopped

4 large eggs size 7

1 cup of milk – 250 ml of blue cap

410g creamed corn

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 ° C in baking mode.

Lightly oil the base and sides of a shallow pot with a capacity of about 7 to 8 cups. I used an oblong dish, 26cm × 18cm × 5cm. Place a sheet of baking paper in the gratin dish to line it. The oil helps hold the paper in place. You need an overhang of 2-3 cm on all sides.

Sift the flour, smoked paprika and onion salt into a medium bowl and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the cheese, chives or spring onions, bacon and sundried tomatoes and, using a fork, combine the mixture.

Pour the dry ingredients into the cheese and bacon mixture and with a fork, stir lightly until combined.

Beat together eggs, milk and cream of corn with a whisk or mixer until blended.

Add the egg mixture to the bowl with the flour, cheese and bacon and stir until just combined.

Pour into the lined gratin dish and distribute evenly over the bottom. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until well risen, golden brown and firm in the center.

Let cool in pan for 10 minutes to firm before taking out. Use parchment paper to place on a serving platter.

Slice and serve.

Lasts up to 4 days if properly covered and stored in the refrigerator.


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