martes, 8 de enero de 2013

When I have fever I get homesick and I cook chilean food: Pastel de choclo (corn pie)

Here I am 6 days before my thesis deadline, super late with it by the way, with some pretty damn  high fever and a severe problem of study avoidance behavior (yeah you all know I cannot concentrate for more than 10 minutes.. ), the last factor is what gather all of us here today, hence it is because of it that I ended up cooking one of my favorite Chilean dishes of all times, and which I never thought I was going to be so easy, its called Pastel de Choclo, or Corn pie (not really sure whether that is the proper translation, too lazy to google it) 

I made a simplified version of it, because the original one includes grinding some corn and then boiling it.. and it includes some chicken and olives and preparing the meat the day before bla bla bla.. so here is my very simple version which will not take you more than 30 minutes.

Ingredients: 

first a corn mixture for which u need:

1/2 cup of milk
1 or 2 corn cans if can also be frozen corn then u have to boil it....
basil (5 leaves)
salt 
some sugar 

for the meat part:

little bit of oil
salt, pepper, cumin, powder garlic
1 diced onion
about 200 grs of ground beef
some raisins


How to make it

1. mix the grounded beef with the garlic, pepper, salt and cumin, leave it rest for a bit while you dice the onions
2. heat the oil in a pan, add the beef, and while cooking add the onions and the raisins, cook till the meat is ready. 
3. let it rest while you prepare the corn mixture
4. for the corn mixture, put the canned corn, the basil leaves, milk, salt in a blender, blend but not till it goes completely uniform, leave some chunky bits, if you think its too liquid add some corn starch (maizena)
5. when ready, put it on a pan and cook it for about 5 minutes





6. Finally, on a clay baking dish (if you don´t have one.. like me today, because where the hell will i find a clay dish in Holland.. just use any baking dish you have) put first the meat and then on top of it the corn mixture, put some sugar on top of it.. (i know.. it sounds weird... it tasted good trust me)


7. Pre heat the oven to 200 °C and put your baking dish in there for about 20 minutes, or until you get a nice golden top. 


and there you go! your own Chilean dish! i always put some more sugar on top of it 

If you want to be really chilean then listen some chile music while you eat it.. I always listen to Los Huasos Quincheros.. hahah but find what you like guys.



xoxo

Keni 

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