I am hoping to once a week (or once every couple of weeks, depending on what I can come up with) to post a menu. I know how it is to come up with something new to cook. We all need inspiration once in while. I made this dinner this weekend and we all LOVED it. Although it may have something to do with all that fat !! But I made sure we had a light meal the next night , to make up for it. Now about the cream corn, you will see that I baked it slow and low with a bain marie. Oh what is a bain marie ??
Bain-Marie (Mary's bath) refers to the method of placing a pan of food in another pan with water in it to stabilize the heat reaching the food (water bath). The term was originally used in alchemy, and was named after Moses's sister, who was an alchemist.
Although I did not set the pan in the water. I put the pan on the top rack and another small pan with water on the rack below. The reason is by cooking this low and slow and having the bain marie it keeps the custard very soft and silky. Custard can get grainy and break when cooked at a higher heat and I find the steam in the oven really helps this from happening to. So even if you have your own corn pudding recipe, try cooking it like this and see if you like it.
The hamburger, you can make any old hamburger (This is just how we like it. We like garlic in everything) and just wrap the bacon around it.
Now after all this rich cream corn and salty bacon, you need something to balance it all out. I think the spinach is perfect for this. I made the dressing just barley sweet to balance out the meal. Also you will see I have a very small ratio of vinegar to olive oil. This is one of my (many) pet-peeves. Most salad dressing are far too vinegary. Well at lest in my opinion. So play with everything to suite your taste. I think this meal is a brilliant balance between rich, salty, sweet and clean.
3 cups of corn (fresh cut off the cob or frozen. You can mix in the corn still frozen. It will be fine)
2 1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tsp. garlic powder
slat and pepper to taste
grated parmesan cheese
Whip eggs and cream together add garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix in corn and pour in a greased 8x12 (or closest size) pan. Sprinkle cheese over the top. Slide bain marie in lower rack. Bake at 300 for two hours or till set in center.
Bacon wrapped burger
Makes 7-8 burgers.
Mix 1 1/2 pound ground beef with finely chopped garlic clove, 1 TBLS. soy sauce, pepper, paprika. Make patties and take one slice of bacon and wrap around burger. Then grill or fry in pan.
Spinach Salad with honey balsamic
Dressing: 1/2 cup olive oil, 3 TBLS, balsamic, 1 TBLS. honey, salt and pepper.
Toss spinach, tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion and avocado with dressing.