Monday, September 15, 2008

Corn Fritter Casserole

I recently stumbled across this recipe in an old issue of Cooking Light and thought it would be a great side dish for the pork loin I was making for Sunday night's dinner. Particularly since the rain from Hurricane Ike swept in, making the day cool and blustery. The more I ate of this dish, the more I liked it. It's sweet like corn bread, but the consistency isn't so dry that you can hold it like a small piece of cake or muffin. The accompanying article suggests it's a "cross between corn bread and corn pudding."

I guess Michael's more of a purist; being a corn bread enthusiast, he would have been happier with a pan of regular corn bread. However, I think I prefer this to corn bread. It's soft and doesn't have the crunchiness that the corn meal often brings to corn bread (and which I don't enjoy). So delicious.

Corn Fritter Casserole
Source: Cooking Light, September 2004
Yield: 9 servings, 2/3 cup each

3 tablespoons butter, softened
3 large egg whites
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole-kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8 1/2-ounce) package corn muffin mix (such as Jiffy)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Cooking spray

Preheat oven to 375°. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Stir in onion, bell pepper, whole-kernel corn, and cream-style corn; mix well. Add muffin mix and black pepper, stirring until well combined. Pour into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.

247 calories; 8.4 grams fat; 1.9 grams fiber

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

My mom makes something similar to this and I love it! So yummy! Love that you found a healthy recipe for it.