Saturday, April 25, 2015

Parmesan Creamed Corn

Sometimes the side dishes to a meal can be the most difficult decision when making dinner. Ever notice when you go to restaurants how bland the beans or rice dishes are? Like it's just a garnish or an afterthought rather than a part of the meal? 



As a result of this phenomenon, the side dish becomes bland or overcooked and boring, and then, it gets thrown out! What a waste!  

Don't let that happen with your precious college funds! Make every part of your meal tasty and worth eating; otherwise, keep the dollars in your wallet! 

Check out this simple, cheap side dish that you can make any time of the year with a few ingredients, but alot of flavor!

(Adapted from Epicurious Cookbook)

Parmesan Creamed Corn

Equipment:
Oven-proof 8"x8" or 9"x13" dish, buttered
Medium 3-5 quart saucepan
Whisk



Ingredients:
2 Tbls butter
1 Tbls all-purpose flour
1 cup half-and-half
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne red pepper
20 oz of frozen or canned corn kernels (just plain, no sauces or sugars added)
3/4 cup parmesan cheese, finely grated



Instructions:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Preheat oven 425F degrees.
3. Prep your baking dish and get your ingredients laid out.
4. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over moderate heat.


5. Whisk in the flour and stir constantly for 1 minute.


6. Add the half-and-half, salt, and cayenne, and reduce the heat.


7. Stirring occasionally, the liquid should thicken within 3-4 minutes.
8. Add corn and 50% of grated cheese, and stir.



9. Transfer to your buttered baking dish and top with remaining cheese.


10. Bake at 425F degrees x 15 minutes until golden brown.


Great addition for grilled meats. Another way to make and use corn. Alternative to Mac 'n Cheese. Better the next day!