Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ear Apparent

This week's episode is Ear Apparent -- about corn. I had some fresh corn on the cob in my fridge, so I was attracted to this episode.

Here's the link to the episode on the Food Network. And it's pages 136 - 141 in the cookbook.

Apparently, in the episode on tv, Alton Brown made his own microwave popcorn, but that recipe is not included in the book (it is on the website though). I'm very intrigued by the idea of homemade microwave popcorn, so I want to try that sometime. But today I made the other two recipes -- creamed corn and cornbread.

I wasn't originally interested in making creamed corn, but the cornbread recipe calls for it (or you can use canned) so I figured I'd give it a shot. So glad I did! The creamed corn was so delicious! Max and I both loved it. I halved the recipe but otherwise followed the directions, and it turned out great.

As you can see in the picture, we had the creamed corn on top of the corn bread. They went great together. Of course, I suppose it would be difficult to for corn to clash with corn. :)

The cornbread was good, but it's not really my favorite kind of corn bread. I generally prefer a lighter sweeter cornbread. If I were to make it again, I would half the salt and double the sugar. Also, I think the amount of oil it called for was overkill. I guess it gave it a nice crunchy outside, but I think I could've gotten away with using only one Tbsp of oil instead of two.


Whitney said...

I don't have a cast iron skillet? Do you think it would turn out fine in a glass 8x8 dish? Any suggestions?

Danielle said...

Yeah, I think a glass 8x8 pan would work fine. Yours would probably turn out a little thicker than mine, but no problem.

If it were me and I were using a glass pan instead of cast iron, I'd butter the pan instead of using oil (and don't bother pre-heating the pan).