During our short stay back in the Midwest, we grew very fond of Chevy's. Ok, really... Chevy's wasn't amazing or anything... BUT... they had a super yummy corn pudding-like side dish. Every time I would have Mexican, I would think about that corn pudding. Sooo... I did what anyone these days does. I googled... and voilà magic ;)
I've been making this yumminess for the past four years... but not until a year ago did I start making it plastic-free!! Ummm... maybe you remember that I said I was going to share the recipe back on day 1 of Plastic-Free Food week last September?!? Sorry for being a slacker!!
Sweet Corn Tomalito
Recipe from St. Louis Post Dispatch (circa 1997)
1/2 c organic butter at room temperature
1/2 c Masa (for tamales)
1/2 c + 2TBSP sugar
4 c fresh corn removed from cobs (4-6 ears of corn depending on size), divided
3/4 c water
3/4 c cornmeal
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 c milk (I use homemade almond milk to make this plastic-free, but really any kind of milk will work.)
Oven directions: Place roasting pan in the oven. Fill it with water to a depth of about 1". Preheat oven to 350˚F.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter, masa and sugar together until light and fluffy. Spread in a glass dish with 2" sides. (Use a 2 qt round with a lid or an 8" square with aluminum foil.)
Blend 2 cups of the corn and water in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl (I use the same bowl that I mixed the butter mixture in) and add remaining 2 cups of corn, cornmeal, salt & milk. Mix well, then spread on top of the butter mixture.
Cover with lid (or tightly with aluminum foil). Place the dish into the water-bath. After 15 minutes, stir... then stir again after 45 minutes. Continue to cook for an additional 15 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the tomalito comes out clean. Keep tightly covered until ready to serve.
To serve, use an ice cream scooop :)
Approximately 16 (ice cream scoop sized) servings.
TIP: If you don't have a roasting pan (or large enough pan to make a water bath)... you can steam this on the stove-top using the double-boiler method :)