14 December 2011

Corn? Good. Pudding? Good. Corn Pudding? GOOD.

My favorite holiday food is corn pudding (a savory side dish, not a dessert) from a recipe I found at our local grocery store, HEB, the first year I was in Austin. I make it every year for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and any office holiday parties, and not to toot my own horn, but a few weeks ago I was accosted by a co-worker who wanted to confirm that I was planning to make it again this year. That's how good it is. (The recipe card even calls it "Especially Good Corn Pudding.")

I've modified the recipe to account for gluttony (I increased everything by a third to make a larger batch in a bigger pan) and for laziness (I use canned corn instead of ears, and I cut some other corners that just don't seem crucial). It's super-easy and takes maybe 15 minutes plus cooking time.

Here's what you'll need to make it:
2 16-ounce cans of sweet corn
1-1/3 cup heavy cream
4 large eggs, separated
2-2/3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more (not melted) for buttering the pan
4 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
heaping 1/4 teaspoon white pepper

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Butter a 9x13 Pyrex dish (or similar).

2. Drain the cans of corn and put the corn in a large bowl. Whisk the cream, egg yolks, melted butter, sugar, salt, and pepper into the corn.

3. In a separate medium-to-large bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the corn mixture.

4. Gently pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Place in a larger pan of water and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until firm and a knife inserted into the center comes out fairly clean. Serve at once or reheat before serving.

I've never wanted photographs to have a scent component as much as I do when I look at this picture.


  1. Ooh, that sounds really good. I'll have to try that sometime soon.

  2. I love corn pudding! I've seen so many variances in recipes that I want to try them all lol

  3. It's being served at our Christmas dinner this year... along with your cranberry sauce!