Southwestern Corn Pudding and Maple Baked Beans

By Katie, 5:57 am

My idea of “comfort food” will always be my late grandmother’s cooking: velvet-y smooth mashed potatoes, thick creamed corn, and sweet homemade applesauce. That food wasn’t just delicious; it was literally an extension of my grandmother’s overflowing love for her family.

While the meal below lacked the nostalgic qualities of that kind of comfort food, it had all of the other elements: simple, home-cooked, warm, filling, and familiar.

First up was this Southwestern Corn Pudding.

Dave and I both went wild over this recipe. The sweet corn, the touch of breading, the tiny kick from the jalapeno – it was all wonderful!

All I did to make this was pulse some corn kernels in the food processor until they were mostly pulp, and then mixed in some whole kernels. Then I stirred in eggs, plain Greek yogurt, cilantro, and jalapeno. Poured the mixture into a baking dish dusted with breadcrumbs, and 40 minutes later…voila!

Very comforting. :-)

Southwestern Corn Pudding
Slightly adapted from Vegetarian Times (I can’t find it online, so no link!)
Serves 6-8 (depending on whether it’s more of a main or a side dish)

Ingredients
1 cup breadcrumbs
4 cups fresh or frozen (thawed) corn kernels, divided
4 large eggs
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (original recipe calls for sour cream)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 small jalapeno, minced (2 tbsp)
1 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350º. Coat an 8-inch square baking dish with cooking spray, and dust with breadcrumbs.

2. Pulse 3 cups corn kernels in food processor until pulpy and broken down. Transfer to a bowl, and stir in remaining 1 cup whole corn kernels.

3. Whisk together eggs, Greek yogurt, cilantro, jalapeno, and salt in separate bowl. Stir corn into egg mixture.

4. Transfer to prepared baking dish. Bake 30-40 minutes or until top is golden.

**Alternatively, this dish can be made in small individual ramekins, for added cuteness. ;-)

We enjoyed our Southwestern Corn Pudding with a grand serving of these absolutely-positively-never-eat-them-from-a-can-again-delicious Mapled Baked Beans.

Would you believe me if I told you this was the first time I made my own baked beans??? Shameful, I know! :oops:

This recipe from Angela is done in the slow cooker, which is perfect for this 9-to-5 gal. I used a mixture of Great Northern beans, sweet onion, molasses, maple syrup, mustard, apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, sea salt, and dried cranberries. Check out Angela’s post for the full recipe with measurements.

I cooked the whole mixture on low for 7 hours, and then had my slow cooker switch to its “warm” setting for another 2 hours or so, until I got home from work and cooked the Corn Pudding. The beans didn’t burn at all, and there was ample time for the flavors to fully meld together.

These beans were especially delicious served over roasted sweet potatoes.

And since there were plenty of leftovers, I was able to enjoy this comforting meal over and over again! Can’t beat that! ;-)

What’s your idea of comfort food?

AND

What’s something you’re embarrassed to admit that you’ve never made yourself, instead eating it only from a can or a package? Like I said, I can’t believe I relied solely on canned baked beans for so long!

35 Responses to “Southwestern Corn Pudding and Maple Baked Beans”

  1. Oohh those maple baked beans sound gorgeous!
    Favourite comfort food – tempeh, cereal, yogurt, muffins :)
    I’ve only ever had canned baked beans too :P

  2. Both these dishes look amazing. I made a corn pudding for my mom’s birthday a while ago and loved it – I forgot about it!! Need to make this soon :)
    I’d never had baked beans up until a few weeks ago, when I tried them from a can. Hated them! Made them myself, though, and loved them! I’ve also never made my own hummus. Cedar’s is just too creamy and delicious for me to try and beat!

  3. Lauren says:

    Looks awesome!! I still need to try the baked beans and sweet potato combo. Always looks so good! ;)

  4. Liza says:

    mmm that all looks delicious!
    comfort food for me is something hot and hearty– my mom makes a yummy pasta with cauliflower and tomato sauce and she makes delicious chili too.

  5. runblondie26 says:

    That looks sooo good. It looks nice and creamy without a touch cream or butter.

    I’ve never made my own tomato sauce. There are like 1,306,901 different varieties to choose from off the shelf, so I don’t feel like investing the time (maybe if I were Italian I’d feel otherwise, lol). Pie crusts make such a mess of the kitchen, I use frozen 99% of the time too.

  6. Marinara sauce!

    Your meal looks INCREDIBLE. Can I come help with the leftovers?!? :smile:

  7. Oh my gosh, I LOVVVVVVVE corn pudding! Such comfort food! Yours looks awesome!

  8. Simply Life says:

    oh those beans look so good!

  9. this is 100% my idea of comfort food! holy delicious!

  10. Shawnee says:

    Wow, all of that looks great! I’ve never made homemade mac and cheese.

  11. I have yet to make my own beans, your meal looks so good!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Looks great! My mom has a recipe for corn pudding that is so awesome. And it is so congealed and thick. It truly lives up to the name pudding :)

  13. Hope says:

    My idea of comfort food–mac and cheese, all.the.way. I love it, and there is nothing better.

    And, embarrasingly enough, I’ve never made it homemade. Only from a blue box. :O

  14. Arielle says:

    Comfort food to me is anything with white gravy on it – so it could be scrambled eggs, biscuits, a chicken fried steak… mashed potatoes. Also, Kraft macaroni & cheese.

  15. I think canned baked beans are delish—but those look even better.

  16. I also love some cornbread for comfort food!

  17. homecookedem says:

    Both recipes look so good!! Baked beans are sooooooo good!! I craved them nonstop during my first trimester!!

    Comfort food to me is Andrew’s chili, my mom’s spaghetti and meatballs, my grandma’s pecan pie, my Dad’s sausage rolls, my sister’s buttercream frosting, my Mimi’s country fried steak, and my aunt’s biscuits. Food that reminds me of my family is what is most comforting!!

  18. Mac and cheese or a grilled cheese sammie with tomato soup are my comfort foods. Obviously, anything involving cheese is a winner for me. I think anything that I enjoyed as a kid is now comforting.

  19. My favourite comfort food is my mom’s chili and cheese tea biscuits. It’s the perfect meal to warm the soul!

    I’ve never made my own pasta sauce! Since I share a fridge with my roommates, I never really have a lot of room to store leftovers, so I just stick with jarred pasta sauce. :P

  20. Meg says:

    That corn pudding sounds very similar to one my parents make at the holidays. They add crap instead of the jalapeno and cilantro. It’s the number one thing I look forward to. I’ve never made baked beans either!

    • Meg says:

      um, I just realized I wrote “crap” instead of “craB”. Haha! I meant crab. I get my b’s and p’s mixed up sometimes!

  21. Man that all looks good. I had corn pudding for the first time a few years ago on Thanksgiving and loved it. And I’ve always loved baked beans :)

  22. Hmm..I’ve never made black beans starting with dry beans. Only canned. :) Lame, huh?

  23. Dorry says:

    Looks delicious. I LOVE baked beans. And I eat too many canned beans in general. I’d like to start making my own!

  24. Lisa says:

    That corn pudding looks delicious. It reminded me of my Nana’s homemade creamed corn. Yummy!!!

  25. Comfort food for me is either spaghetti/ravioli or macaroni and cheese! Incredibly healthy, I know, haha.

  26. Sheww…you weren’t kidding when you said comfort food! Both of those dishes look phenom.

    Comfort food for me is a big bowl of soup…with bread for dippage, of course :)

  27. Ooohh wow both of those look soooo good! I too have never made baked beans but I’m thinking I should try that recipe you used sometime in the near future!

    My idea of comfort foods is mashed potatoes, chicken fried steak, and green beans. YUM. Unfortunately it’s also incredibly unhealthy. :(

  28. I LOVE corn pudding. However it seems like the only time I eat it as at Thanksgiving or Christmas. Isn’t it funny how we associate some foods with holidays, and holidays only?

    I just bookmarked this recipe though, so when I get home, I’m going to give it a try. There’s nothing like fresh corn during the summer!

    My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese. No question. :-)

  29. Kate D says:

    I might be tempted to try those baked beans (probably not until I buy a better crock pot).

    Comfort food for me is anything my Grandmother makes–cookies, breads, macaroni and cheese, pancakes in the shape of teddy bears, and most importantly rice pudding!

    I’ve never made bread from scratch, though I’m tempted to all the time.

  30. my idea of comfort food….cereal probably. i eat it every day, it’s a serious addiction.

    i don’t really eat packaged food (um, besides cereal) but i’ve read the biggest mistake people make is buying premade salad dressings. apparently, you can make them at home for so much cheaper and tastier.

  31. i never would have thought of slicing up some sweet potatoes and topping with beans!! thats a fibrelicious bowl!!

    comfort food is definitely warm food, usually soft and filling. actually, quite similar to your bowl in terms of satiety and softness <3

  32. christina says:

    katie, that corn pudding is just WOW. wow wow wow.

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