Decadent Creamed Corn Casserole!

Trust me when I say– someone at your dinner table will ask you for this recipe! 

You’ll Need:

8-10 ears of fresh shucked corn off the cob, or 1 pound frozen white kernels and 1 pound frozen yellow kernels. Or, all yellow.

1/2 onion, peeled halved and studded with 3-4 cloves

1 large russet pototo peeled and cut in large 1/2 inch dice

1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed

1 pint unsweetened whipping cream

1 cup chicken stock

1/4 cup cane sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1/2  teaspoon white pepper

1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper

2 Tablespoons very cold butter

2 Tablespoons flour

Chopped parsley for serving

Paprika for garnish

1/2 cup grated Parmesean cheese, divided

Fresh homemade crutons

Here’s How:

Preheat the oven to 350′ F Degrees. Generiously butter an 4 quart casserole dish, and dust with grated parmesean cheese. Set aside on a foil lined sheet pan.

In a large heavy bottomed saucepan, combine all the ingredients except for the butter and flour bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

In a small dish combine the flour and butter to form a paste. Mix into the corn mixture and continue to cook until thicken.

Adjust seasoning with salt, white pepper and cayenne. Add additional sugar if your prefer your recipe a bit sweeter. Remove smashed garlic and studded onion. Discard.

Add diced potato and parmeseasn cheese and mix to combine,

Place in prepared casserol dish and cover. Bake for 10-20 minutes until flavors are incorporated and potatos are cooked.

Serve piping hot. Garnish with warm homemade crutons with a sprinkling of paprika and chopped parsley.

Makes approximately 8 to 10 servings

Variations:

Add chopped fresh pimento for a little kick .

Cranberry Pear Compote

Kick the can! Once you get a taste of my fresh homemade cranberry sauce- you will never eat that over processed gel again. Trust me on this one! So simple to make – every year someone asks for this recipe!

You’ll Need

2 bags (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen whole cranberries

1 cups sugar or coconut sugar, or maple syrup

3 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed

3 Bosch pears, peeled, cored and chopped in one large 2 inch chunks

2 wide strips of lemon zest and juice of 1/2 the lemon

3 cups good quality white wine

1 small cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

Here’s How

In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, sugars, lemon zest, wine and spices including salt and pepper. Stir.

Bring to a boil over medium-high and add pears. Reduce to a simmer and cook until you begin to hear the cranberries pop open.

About 20 to 25 minutes. Once the cranberries pop the sauce will begin to thicken. Continue to cook until a knife will gently slide through the pears. Careful not to over stir and break down the pears. Taste and adjust seasoning with additional spices to suit your personal taste preference.

Remove from heat, cool and store airtight. Can be made up to a week in advance. Serve chilled.

Makes a great hostess gift when packed in a fancy glass container. Slather on left over turkey sammies.

Yields approximately 2 dozen servings.

Photo by Cookie and Kate

Luscious Parsnip Purée with Truffle Oil ! 


Parsnips are my all time favorite root vegetable to purée or mash ! They are so naturally sweet and not too starchy, which makes for an ultra-silky side dish! 

Ingredients:

1 pound parsnips, peeled, thinly sliced- tough cores should be removed on larger parsnips but not necessary

 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

½ cup heavy cream, or substitute 

½ cup whole milk, or substitute 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, or substitute 

Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon white pepper

Good quality truffle oil

1/4 cup sprigs of fresh chervil for garnish or chopped flat leaf parsley 

Method

Bring parsnips, garlic, cream, milk, and butter to a boil in a medium saucepan. 

Reduce heat, cover, and simmer until parsnips are very soft, 10–15 minutes. Uncover and cook until liquid is reduced by half, about 5 minutes; season with salt and white pepper. Purée in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Serve drizzled with truffle oil and chopped parsley.

Note: Parsnip purée can be made 1 day in advance. Allow to cool then just cover and chill. Reheat over medium-low, stirring often adding a bit more cream & a dollop of butter to reconstitute. 

Makes approximately 8-10 servings