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
- 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
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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