Monday, January 3, 2011

Dean Koontz's "Best Baked Corn" recipe

Dean Koontz's in-laws made this as a side dish the first time he came over for dinner and he's been raving ever since. He even got a full page in Parade magazine last month to yak about it!

Being a fan of his work and not seeing how making it would lead to my demise or disappearance into another world, I went for it.

Ingredients: 1 cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 (15 ounce) can corn, drained
2 eggs, well beaten

Directions:1. Boil 3/4 cup milk with butter and sugar
2. Dissolve flour in 1/4 cup milk
3. Pour flour mixture into milk mixture to make thin white sauce
4. Add to drained corn in a 1 -1.5 quart loaf pan
5. Mix in eggs
6. Bake 1 hour @ 400

I mixed up steps four and five (mixed in the eggs before adding the corn) and ended up with a pretty eggy dish.
It tasted like a fluffy egg omelet with sweet corn at the bottom - not exactly what I was expecting.

As you can tell from the picture it was done (I defy it not to  have been done after an hour at 400 degrees!).

For you real cooks out there - could doing steps 4 and 5 in the correct order make that much of a difference? I'm willing to try it again if the outcome will be much better but otherwise this one isn't ending up in the recipe book - regardless of how yummyly it photographs.

In more cheerful food news I made Creamy Mushroom Macaroni yesterday and it was delicious!


Alicia said...

Well in the picture it looks really tasty, almost like mac & cheese. It's always nice to try new things either way!

Anonymous said...

Forget Koontz and forget his book “What the Night Knows” (a ghost vengeance story, been there, done that), instead read a book that’s been BANNED like “America Deceived II” by E.A. Blayre III.
Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

Anonymous said...

First -- I made the recipe as written and it still turned out like Anny's. Somewhat eggy, with the crunch of corn at the bottom. Simple, very good, but not what I expected. Will definitely make again!
Second -- Why do people like "Anonymous 1:17 pm" (not me!) have to butt in with comments totally unrelated to the conversation at hand? Grrrr...