Thanks to Mike Befeler for his post yesterday. Life certainly is a balancing act.
Once a month a group of neighbors (the ROMEOs, which stands for "Retired Old Men Eating Out") has a pot-luck supper where the spouses of said Old Men are invited to attend. I wonder if it's because some (not all, to be fair) of these men like that the wives often do the cooking.
At any rate, there was a chili theme last month, and there were the usual side dishes, but one stood out for me. I asked the woman, Sally Parda, if she'd mind sharing, and she gladly agreed. She pointed out that she adapted a cookbook recipe, and I've included her modifications. I made it according to the directions, and it was just as yummy as the one she brought. And it's one of those, "toss everything into a bowl, mix, and bake recipes, so it goes together quickly.
Pastel de Elote (Mexican Corn Pie)
3 Large Eggs
1 8 3/4 -oz can cream style corn
1 10-oz package frozen corn, thawed and drained. (I just dumped it onto several layers of paper towels to thaw. If you're pressed for time, run it under hot water, then drain.)
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
1 cup sour cream (8oz) or 8oz Greek yogurt (my market sells the Greek yogurt in 6 oz containers, so I made up the difference with the sour cream)
4 oz shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
4 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Our market sold a shredded "Mexican" mix of jack and cheddar, so I used that.
1 4-oz can chopped mild green chiles
1/2 tsp salt
Grease a 10" pie plate or iron skillet* with shortening, or spray with a non-stick spray.
In a large bowl, beat eggs. Add remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed. Pour into greased pan.
Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 1 hour. It's done when the custard has set. Insert a knife about 1/3 out from the center. If it's clean, it's done.
*Note: If using the iron skillet, place in oven while it is preheating...makes the outside crust crispier.
Sally's modifications: Instead of the corn meal, she used a box of Krusteaz Honey Corn Bread mix leaving out the salt. She also did not have the frozen corn to add to the mix, so she left it out.
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