Southwest Corn Spoon Bread

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Southwest Corn Spoon Bread
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This rich, comforting dish is a great make-ahead, and kids can help mix the ingredients. You can rev up the spice as much as you like by adjusting the amount of hot pepper sauce.

What you'll need

  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions
  • 1 cup frozen white corn, thawed
  • 1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper, drained
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 3/4 cup grated Colby-Jack cheese
  • 1/4 cup canned diced green chilies, drained
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

How to make it

  1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green onions, corn, red peppers, and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, heat the milk, heavy cream, sugar, and salt over medium heat until the mixture comes to a simmer. While adding the cornmeal in a fine stream, briskly whisk the mixture until it thickens, about 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter, then let the mixture cool for 5 minutes.

  3. Add the sautéed vegetables to the mixture, along with the pepper, cheese, chilies, eggs, and hot pepper sauce, if using. Spoon the mixture into a greased 8- by 8-inch pan and bake at 350º until the bread is golden and set, about 30 to 35 minutes. Enjoy warm. Makes 8 to 10 servings.

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