Friday, August 3, 2012

Ham n Sweet Corn Mac n Cheese

I'm a food TV junkie.

The best part of watching the shows is when they air a really delicious looking recipe and you have all the ingredients in the house!

So when The Next Food Network Star had a recipe for Sweet Corn Mac n Cheese, I knew I had to make it...and I had to include some sort of pork product.

As The Boy says, "Bacon makes everything better!"

I didn't have bacon, but I did have a ham...so I figured it would be a nice test run of the recipe before I splurged on bacon (have you SEEN those prices lately?)

 And because the corn was hidden with cheese, The Boy didn't have a problem eating it.

I opted to skip making homemade croutons. That's 5 minutes of work I don't mind skipping in favor of panko.



Ham n Sweet Corn Mac n Cheese

Ingredients

  • Two 8-ounce cans creamed corn
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 3 dashes hot sauce, optional, plus more for serving
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 8 ounces grated mild yellow Cheddar
  • 12 ounces grated mozzarella
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 
  • 2 C chopped ham
  • 1 C panko bread crumbs

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a saucepan, simmer the corn with the milk for 5 minutes. 

Combine the cornstarch with about 2 tablespoons water and stir well. Add the cornstarch to the corn mixture and whisk over medium heat for 3 minutes. Season the corn cream with a little nutmeg, salt, pepper and hot sauce if using. Remove from the heat, cover and keep warm. 

Boil the elbow macaroni in full rolling salted water for 4 to 6 minutes. Drain the macaroni well and add to the corn cream. Add the Cheddar, half of the mozzarella and the egg. Mix in the chopped ham. Stir well. 

Pour into a 4-cup casserole dish or 12-inch cast-iron skillet and top with the remaining mozzarella.
Top with panko bread crumbs.

Cook on the top rack until golden, 15 to 20 minutes. 



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13 comments:

  1. YUM! I have to make this. It looks great and I know my kids would like it too. Thanks for linking up at Doodles & Stitches.

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  2. This sounds really good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  3. Yummy! Stopping by from Scrumptious Sunday Link Party

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  4. Looks and sounds yummy - will definitely have to try this one for my grandkids....stopping by from Debbie Doos.....

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  5. Oh dear, I think I could get addicted to this recipe. I can taste it already and will have to make it to get it off my mind...thanks : )

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  6. Great recipe! Looks like my new favorite comfort food :)

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  7. Sounds great and I think my daughter would love this! Thanks for linking up! Sarah

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  8. I am drooling this looks sooooooo good. I would love it if you could share this wonderful post at our WIW linky party. I hope you can join us.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  9. This sounds sooo good - and the ham was a good call. Thanks for sharing on Busy Monday!

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  10. Yum! That looks so cheesy and delicious :)

    I wanted to take a moment to invite you to submit this and any other yummy recipes to my link party, Recipe Sharing Monday. Hope to see you there!

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  11. This recipe looks so yummy!! I just pinned it and am now your newst bloglovin' follower :)
    Have a great evening!!
    Meegan
    What Meegan Makes

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  12. Stopping over from pin the tail on the bloggy (I'm next to you with the link that didn't show up!) to pin the mac.

    ~Bliss~

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Thanks and have a great day!