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Recipe courtesy of Allison Robicelli and Matt Robicelli

Elotes Corn Pudding

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 8 to 12 servings
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Ingredients

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus an additional 1 tablespoon for greasing pan

One 2-pound bag frozen corn, thawed

4 large eggs

1 cup mayonnaise

Zest and juice of 3 limes

1 teaspoon chipotle pepper flakes or cayenne pepper

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup dark brown sugar

1 1/2 cups Cojita (or Parmesan if not available) 

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

3/4 teaspoon ground pepper

2/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro 

1 bag microwave buttered popcorn

1 tablespoon Tajin spice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with softened butter or cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Put corn, eggs, mayonnaise, butter, lime zest and juice, chipotle flakes, granulated sugar, brown sugar and 1 cup Cojita in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse in short bursts to break up the corn, about 1 minute, then process for 3 full minutes, stopping occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a silicone spatula. Add the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper and half the cilantro and again pulse in short bursts until just combined. Pour into the casserole dish, using the spatula to smooth, and bake uncovered until the pudding is barely set and a bit jiggly in the center, 40 to 45 minutes. 
  3. Just before the 40 minute mark, microwave the popcorn according to package directions, then empty the bag into a large bowl. Add the Tajin spice, remaining cilantro and 1/4 cup Cojita. Stir with a heavy wooden spoon or potato masher, roughly crushing the popcorn. 
  4. Top the pudding with the crushed popcorn, gently pressing it into the top with your hands (you may not use it all, depending on how thick of a popcorn crust you want). Sprinkle with the remaining 1/4 cup Cojita and return to the oven, 10 minutes more. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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