Preparing for Patagonia

In only a few short weeks from now, The Boyfriend and I will be travelling to Patagonia!!!! I still  can’t really grasp the idea of it, but it is really happening. We will fly out to Santiago in Chili, then travel all the way south to Ushuaia, the most southern city in the world, and back up again to Buenos Aires 🙂 Along the way there will hiking up a glacier, visiting pinguins, whale spotting, hiking up a volcano, tango dancing (The Boyfriend is not yet convinced about this part ;-)) y mucho más 🙂

To prepare a little bit for this trip, I was looking for some Argentine and/or Chilean dishes to make. Then I found this cool recipe in this ancient (2005) Vegetarian Times issue:

Humitas (Argetine Corn Pudding)

  • 5 cups corn kernels
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 medium-sized green pepper (I used a red pepper), chopped
  • 2 large ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 Tbs. grated Parmesan cheese

Put corn kernels, eggs and milk in food processor or blender, and purée until smooth. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and green pepper, and sauté 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, paprika and cayenne, and cook 8 to 10 minutes. Add corn mixture, salt and pepper, and cook 2 minutes. Pour into baking dish (I used small, 1-serving dishes), and sprinkle with cheese.

Preheat oven to 175C (350F). Bake for 30 minutes. 

I served this with homemade pita chips and a tomato salad. And it was GOOD! So good, we are doing a rerun this weekend, as requested by The Boyfriend.

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