Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Cornbread Pudding
I hope everyone had an incredible weekend! Tony's uncle, whom Max is partially named after, gave his life for our country. For that, I am eternally grateful. My thoughts were definitely with all that have given the same. 

We, luckily, spent some time with friends on Sunday. The illustrator is still too busy to step away for long, but the few hours he did take were extremely nice and delicious...

This is not what I made for the BBQ, but I will share this first and the salad I took tomorrow...


I love being a part of the Foodzie Blogger Tasting Panel. I feel like I shy away from things that aren't in our normal repertoire of foods we like to eat. I know I'm guilty of not stepping outside of the norm when I walk through the grocery store. I have my normal list and I stick to it. Foodzie's tasting panel has definitely challenged me to think about different ways to use products to to add flavor and ease preparation.


When I received this jar of Wayne's Green Tomato Relish from Foodzie, I assumed it would be sour due to the green tomatoes, which I was looking forward to. The illustrator and I were throwing around ideas of things to do with it. Then I tasted it...um, this stuff is sweet, like sweet pickle sweet! I was a little worried because I don't really care for sweet pickles and I really did not know where to go with it.


When I first tried it, I ate it with corn cut from the cob, an over easy egg, grilled zucchini and corn griddle cakes. I actually really liked it with the corn. This lead to me thinking about how the relish could actually make a great casserole easy since you wouldn't have to sautee any onions or peppers.


So, Cornbread Pudding with Wayne's Green Tomato Relish was born! The boys absolutely loved it. In fact, I made more last night! I only have a couple of tablespoons left of the relish!


Now, this is a two step process, but please don't be afraid of that. The dish really does come together quickly.


I asked the illustrator if he thought I should try it with regular cornbread and he said no and that he loved the doughy consistency of the corn griddle cakes. The griddle cakes are a great quick side to a meal that cornbread would go well with.


Corn Griddle Cakes
(makes 22 small cakes)

3 cups corn flour (masa harina)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
3 cups water
20 drops vanilla stevia (or 2 tsp sugar)

Combine the corn flour, baking powder and salt. Next add the egg, water and stevia drops. Mix until well combined. Using a 1/4 cup scoop, cook the corn cakes on a heated electric skillet flipping once browned on one side. Allow to cook until browned on each side.

Cornbread Pudding
(makes 3 side dishes, but easily doubled)

6 corn cakes, diced (about 2 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup Wayne's Green Tomato Relish
1 cup corn
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/3 cup almond milk
1 egg, beaten

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 ramekins with oil (or 1 1/2 quart casserole dish).

In a large bowl, combine the diced corn cakes, green tomato relish, corn and salt. Next mix together the almond milk and the beaten egg. Combine the corn cake mixture with the milk and egg; stir until well combined. Distribute the mixture evenly between the ramekins. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes for the ramekins and 55 minutes to an hour for the casserole dish) until browned on top and firm to the touch.

Since the illustrator is so swamped with work, I try to make easy to eat meals for him, so I plated his up and the kids had them in the "fancy" dishes. They think it's so exciting when they get the pretty food. I thought it plated up pretty too!


What's the last product you bought that was out of the norm for you to force yourself to use something different? What did you do with it and did you like it?

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 7:14 AM  
24 Comments:
  • At May 31, 2011 at 7:34 AM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    I LOVE these recipes for SO many reasons. First and foremost - they are gluten and soy free. AND they are super picnic friendly. People who don't have allergies would LOVE them. Thanks so much! I'll totally be bringing this as a side dish to some gathering this summer. You rock!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg said…

    Ooooh, look at those big chunks!!! This looks SO good!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 7:57 AM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    Oh mannnnn. My grandpa is a "real" cowboy and he makes the best cornbread pudding, but this looks absolutely incredible!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 8:09 AM, Anonymous Jess@HealthyExposures said…

    That's exactly why I am loving the tasting panel, too! I seldom purchase a jar of something pre-made...but it really does make it so easy to whip something up without worrying about getting seasonings just so! My eyes are being opened up to the many wonderful products out there. Normally I say "ah, I can make that myself," but I don't think I can make green tomato relish, flavored salt or horseradish-dill mustard ;)
    The pudding looks like it turned out wonderful. I've still got to stop and pick up some eggs at a little farm in town, but soon after that, consider this made!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 8:32 AM, Anonymous Susan said…

    Omigosh this looks amazing. I just made cornbread this weekend but I'm starring this for next time.

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 8:53 AM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    That looks crazy good! I adore cornbread, it works with so many different kinds of meals...

    Have a great week, lady!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 8:59 AM, Blogger Heather Iacobacci-Miller said…

    How fun getting to try new products like that and coming up with new recipes. This isn't really out of the norm, but I did get to try TJs mango butter when in Seattle and loved using it as a marinade. I love sauces and condiments though.

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 9:16 AM, Anonymous Gina @ Running to the Kitchen said…

    Yum! seeing a ton of cornbread recipes recently and now craving it badly!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 9:32 AM, Anonymous Holly @ The Runny Egg said…

    I love how this looks -- cornbread is definitely one of my favorite things to eat!

    To be honest I don't buy too many "new to me" products -- although yesterday I made an apple crisp with coconut oil and that was my first time using that product.

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 10:20 AM, Blogger Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said…

    I like the way you think. :)

    I'd like to put in a request for this corn pudding - so you better save those last few TBSP of relish! ;)

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 10:39 AM, Anonymous Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun said…

    You seriously have the most delicious and original sounding recipes. This sounds fabulous!!!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 11:08 AM, Blogger Melissa said…

    This is so creative! I would love that relish. YUM!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 11:30 AM, Anonymous Averie said…

    oh wow, looks awesome and love the 1st pic, the overhead. So pretty and such an artsy shot to go along with a great recipe :)

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 12:11 PM, Blogger Lindsay and James Cotter said…

    oh my oh my! I must make this before the hubs leaves this week. Those cakes looks delicious.

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 12:12 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    So glad that you had a nice weekend, Sarena. This looks like an amazing recipe. Yum!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 1:47 PM, Anonymous Kristina @ spabettie said…

    I definitely took time this weekend and yesterday to think about what the day really means - I am thankful for our service men and women and everything they do.

    this looks crazy awesome! I love cornbread and had to think - I DO NOT think I've had a pudding style?? I would love it... yours sounds perfect. I love foodzie and the new product exposure...

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 2:08 PM, Anonymous Amy @ Simply Sugar and Gluten-Free said…

    Love cornbread pudding! Haven't had it in way too long...thanks for sharing at Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays!

    Hugs,
    Amy

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 4:16 PM, Anonymous kris (everyday oats) said…

    ohh goshhh this looks wayy too good to pass up!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM, Anonymous Lee said…

    How do you get to be part of the tasting panel? I want to be part!!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 9:12 PM, Blogger Lisa said…

    What a great recipe! I love the idea---we love cornbread around here, so this looks like a really fun variation.

    I haven't been too adventurous lately with food...but you inspire me!

     
  • At May 31, 2011 at 10:55 PM, Blogger gfe--gluten free easily said…

    Sarena, I have a friend who made me green tomato relish for Christmas 2 years ago. Like you, I was sure it was sour and I wouldn't like it, so I gave it to my parents. They said it was great, but I never inquired for details as they like sour relish. Then my friend gave me some more for Christmas this past year. This time I needed some relish to make tuna salad and added it. I was amazed how good it was! Now I use it in all kinds of recipes. :-)

    Hugs,
    Shirley

     
  • At June 1, 2011 at 12:00 AM, Anonymous Ashley @ The Drunk Squash said…

    Yuuuummm, looks delicious! I love cornbread and these corn griddle cakes turned into pudding look like my cup of tea.
    I don't experiment enough with these sorts of premade sauces and whatnot, I think I need to expand my horizons because that green tomato relish looks so interesting and tasty!

     
  • At June 1, 2011 at 8:06 AM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    Looks great!!! And that relish sounds amazing!! Foodzie has some really great products :)

     
  • At June 10, 2011 at 10:50 PM, Anonymous Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli said…

    Mmm! This looks incredible Sarena! And I can't wait to try the corncakes! I think the recipe will work great with the Appalachian Picalilli that I picked up at the farmer's market last weekend since it too is sweet like pickle relish...that is if I don't eat it all first!

     
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