Saturday, March 14, 2009

Nobody puts Baby in the "Corn"er

When my sister was pregnant with her first child I was a single, enrolled in grad school and working at her office. It was a time in my life when I would spend a lot of time with her when I wasn't in school or studying. We worked together, so naturally during the day we would make tons of plans that centered around the arrival of her first baby. One thing that we used to do almost every Friday was take shopping excursions to Babies R' Us. We would buy necessities like bottles and diapers and non-necessities like duck-shaped bathtub thermometers and miniature Nike socks. It was great fun and a period that was filled with so much excitement. I will always treasure those outings because it was her last pregnancy that I lived in New Orleans for and I am grateful to have been a part of the preparation of arrival of her first newborn, my Godchild.

Whenever we took those Babies R' Us outings we would always go to the same restaurant for dinner and meet her husband. Almost every Friday for several months we dined at Zea's. Zea's is a rotisserie restaurant that serves any kind of meat you can imagine roasted to perfection on their rotisserie grill. Although their meats are the star of their menu there was another menu item that stole my heart. They served a side dish that is to this day still one of my all time favorites - corn grits. Corn grits were the perfect accompaniment to the bold flavor of the beef or chicken. They were rich, sweet, smooth and crunchy all at the same time. I have never been able to find a recipe for corn grits although I often look for one when serving a hearty meat as my main course. I was happy to find this recipe below during one of my searches and it did an excellent job of satisfying those characteristics of my treasured corn grits.

Corn Casserole
Adapted from Cooking Light September 2007


8 servings

  • 1/4 cup egg substitute or 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (8 3/4-ounce) can no-salt-added cream-style corn
  • 1 (8 1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix
  • 1 (8-ounce) carton fat free sour cream
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°.

Combine first 6 ingredients in a medium bowl;

stir well. Pour into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray.

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until set.

This dish was ready for the oven in no time at all. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a special side dish to compliment the main course, but with the ability to stand out on its own. I was very pleased with the moisture, flavor and appearance of this side. It was light and fluffy and very addictive.


Anonymous said...

You earned an A+ on this post. 100% - 25% of your grade was for the post title, you got another 25% for the story, 25% for the photography, and 25% for a very satisfying recipe!

MaryBeth said...

A.. I loved that movie and B... this looks fabulous. Please stop in for a visit, I have something for you!!!

Anonymous said...

I would love to try this

Anonymous said...

This looks just like Zea's corn grits! I will have to give the recipe to Robbie. And that was a great time in my life too! I wish you were here for this pregnancy, although we would not have to go to Babies R Us nearly as much.

Your sister,


teresa said...

Hi! I just discovered your blog, you've got some great stuff here, your food looks delicious!

Kathy said...

OMG the title to this post is so cute. Always love a Dirty Dancing quote recipe.

Connie said...

I have been looking for a recipe like this! My kids love it!! Of course, the trick will be finding creamed corn (not always available) wonder if there is a recipe or substitution... going to google. :)

Kira said...

I love grits and corn and the title of this post. A winner!

Krista said...

Cute title!

This looks delicious. It's similar to the corn casserole that I make for Thanksgiving. My husband's favorite.


Krista said...

Cute title!

This looks delicious. It's similar to the corn casserole that I make for Thanksgiving. My husband's favorite.


Anonymous said...

saw this on tastespotting and gave it a try a huge hit among my family! thanks

Stephanie said...

I made this on Easter and it was the biggest hit! Thanks!

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