Sunday, December 20, 2009

Southern Corn Pudding

Today I have this overwhelming urge to dye my hair blonde, develop a Memphis accent and adopt a 300 pound kid from the projects. Wow. If you haven't seen Blindside with Sandra Bullock, please go. It is the feel good movie of this Christmas season.

Corn Pudding is likely on every Thanksgiving and Christmas table throughout the South. Midwesterners hardly ever heard of it and I've met NO Utahns who've tasted it until I began bringing it with me on Thanksgiving. But everyone seems to love it. Its a great side dish, very moist and buttery with just a touch of sweet.
You make the whole thing in one pan, pop it in the oven for an hour and LAWSY, LAWSY, you have the best dang side dish in all of Tennesee. Did I ever tell you I am half Swedish and half down in the holler, corn mash Tennessean? My Daddy was born in a teeny tiny town called White Bluff. Only one stop light y'all and one gas station, run by Junior Bibb. When my father returned to White Bluff after 20 years, after making his career living up north with all those damn yankees in Chicago, he stopped in Junior Bibb's service station to fill up on gas. After filling the tank, Junior walked over to the car and said, 'No need to pay Mr. Anson, I'll just put that on your account.' He'd been gone for 20 years and his account was still open.

Corn Pudding

1 Box Jiffy Corn Bread Mix (you know, those little blue boxes?)
1 Can Creamed Corn (14 oz)
1 Can Whole Kernel Corn (14 oz) - DRAINED
1 Stick melted butter
2 Eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 Tblsp sugar (can be omitted)

Melt butter in 9 x 9 pan. Add rest of ingredients. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees until brown. Serves 4 to 6 (use 9 x 13 if you double this recipe)

I am also including a recipe to make it from scratch (this is a bit larger so use 9 x 13 pan), still 350 degrees for 1 hour.

2 Cup Flour
1 Cup Cornmeal
1/4 Cup Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
3 Tsp Baking Powder

Mix dry ingredients then add to:

2 stick melted butter
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 cans cream corn
2 cans whole corn drained

Note: I will be posting a recipe each day this week. Y'all come back now, ya hear!!

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