No meat for you! Corn Casserole

If you are a fan of the classic TV show Seinfeld, then you know what I’m talking about when I say “No Soup for you!” If you don’t know, then you need to Google it right now and watch it and then remember to come back to read this post. Seinfeld is definitely at the top of the list of favorite shows between my husband and I. We quote lines from it all the time and probably annoy people who don’t know what we are talking about. Our girls even quote lines just because they hear us say them. It’s great when your three-year old will point at you and yell, “No soup for you!” with a little grin on her face. One of our dogs, Kramer is named after the one of a kind Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld. So today at a local market, I felt like I was in that episode of the show.

I stopped by a local market to get a couple of steaks for supper tonight. It’s a small market that has local meat and produce and lots of bulk dry goods. I’m always a little knocked over when I walk into the store. It has a certain odor that kinda smells like rotten produce. When you check out the products, though they are very careful and have great quality fruits and veggies displayed and keep the place clean. But the smell is noticeable. It’s not some fancy grocery store with white floors, this is a very bare bones kind of store. It kinda makes Aldi look like a palace. I think they must not have a huge exhaust fan or something to circulate the air and maybe that’s why there’s a certain odor. BUT… their meat is always the freshest and local and really is better than those big chain grocery stores. So today I stopped by for a couple of things: Steak, hot dogs, and maybe some fresh Michigan peaches for my oldest little peach.

I grabbed a couple nice looking peaches, some hot dogs for my youngest who is not a big steak fan and made my way to the meat counter. The meat counter is one thing that kinda intimidates me. Their meat is not cheap. I want a great local steak, but don’t want to pay a fortune. And I may need the butcher to hold my hand and explain all the different options and which are better for certain preparations. Not too much to ask, right? I grab a number and read all the prices and signs of all the different steaks they have. Porterhouse, T-Bone, Top Sirloin, Tenderloin, Top Loin Steak with bone, without bone, Tri-tip, Sirloin Tip Center, Flank, Skirt, Ribeye, NY Strip . . .   and my eyes glaze over. A man a couple of numbers ahead of me got a huge bag of some sort of steaks, five pounds of thick cut bacon, and five pounds of ground round. He was on a mission. I wondered what he was going to do with 5 pounds of bacon! I guess the possibilities are endless! I see the familiar face of the butcher who helped me a couple of months ago decide which steak to get for shish kabobs. I think I changed my mind three times and could tell he was getting annoyed with me. When the butcher called my number, I took a second changing my mind back and forth. There were people waiting behind me who probably all knew exactly what they wanted and I could feel their eyes burning through my head. I was kind of laughing in my head that I would hear “No meat for you! Step aside!” any second so I just blurted out that I’d take a couple of the big Top Sirloin Steaks. They looked good for grilling. Not too fatty, partial bone, but not like a T-Bone. The butcher must have known I was a little clueless because he assured me they would be great for grilling and asked if there was anything else I needed. Thankfully that was all, folks. OK, done. Whew, not too shabby. $20 for two big steaks that are large enough for four good sized portions. I was behind that meat mission man at the checkout. I have no clue what kind of steaks he bought, but his whole bill was $60 something for all the steaks, bacon and the ground round. I need him to help me at the butcher counter next time!!

I marinated the steaks and my husband grilled them to perfection! We had some leftover sweetcorn from a church picnic so I decided I would try to make a corn casserole to go with it. I did a quick search on my good buddy, Pinterest and looked at a few recipes. I am not a fan of creamed corn, so I dismissed any recipe with creamed corn. Also, I was out of Jiffy cornbread mix and only had yellow corn meal so I found a recipe that used that instead. I changed some things up a bit and lighted it up and I think it turned out pretty good. My husband said it was the consistency he likes in a corn casserole, airy with a little crunch and not soggy. I agree, I like corn casserole to be basically a loose fall apart crumbly sweet corn bread with whole corn in it and a tiny bit of creaminess, but not too much. I think I just kinda lucked out, because I didn’t follow the recipe and did my own thing.

The recipe I found for Corn Casserole from Scratch was at Tastykitchen.com.

Here’s how I made my version:

Corn Casserole

Ingredients:

Cut the corn off of 5 large ears of corn (ours was leftover from the other day so it was already cooked and was cold in the fridge).

1 C sour cream

1/2 C Heavy Whipping Cream

1/2 C milk (I used 1%)

1/2 C melted butter

2/3 C All Purpose Flour

1/2 C Yellow Corn Meal

3 TBS Sugar

1 TBS Baking Powder

Sea Salt and Ground Black Pepper to taste. I like a lot!

3 TBS butter for top

Directions:

Combine corn and wet ingredients in one bowl. Combine dry ingredients in another. In a large bowl, combine the wet and dry ingredients together. Pour into a Greased 9 x 13 pan. Top with more salt and pepper and evenly distribute the 3 TBS of butter on the top.  Bake at 350 Degrees for 50 minutes until golden brown.

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Here’s my tasty plate! Yes, I think I already ate a few bites before I took the picture. And yes, I have a heaping pile of mashed potatoes. They are one of my weaknesses! My family knows this is true!

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