Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Gruyere Corn Gratin

It’s hard to think of a better side dish that goes with pretty much everything. Fresh crunchy salad, roast potatoes or Yorkshire puddings are all contenders  but they all fall just short of this delicious accompaniment. The rich cheese combined with the sweetness of the corn is perfect already and that’s before you’ve even added a crunchy bread topping and yet more crispy cheese. Rich, hearty and full of flavour with not half as many carbs as the macaroni cheese version.

Serve this up alongside guacamole, salsa, crispy veg and French stick. It's really good as a sharing dish too and of course works alongside any meats.

Gruyere Corn Gratin

Cooking / Preparation Time - 45mins

Feeds 4/6

Ingredients -

3 x Corn on the cobs
100g of Gruyere Cheese (vegetarian versions available online) - Finely grated
1/2 x White Onion - Cubed
2 x Cloves of garlic - Crushed and finely sliced
1 x Handful of coriander - Finley sliced
1 x Handful of crunchy baguette breadcrumbs
60g Butter
50g of Plain flour
1 x Tsp of English mustard
Salt & black pepper

Instructions -

Start by taking a sharp knife and removing the corn kernels from the cob and put to one side.

Melt the butter on a medium heat and add the flour before whisking continuously a thick paste starts to form. Next add the salt and mustard followed with small dashes of milk and continue to stir. As soon as the milk is absorbed into the paste add another dash and continue this process until all the milk absorbed. You will now have a thick, rich sauce. Add in the corn kernels, onions, garlic, coriander and grated gruyere to your sauce (saving a small handful of gruyere to add to the top), stir well then add to a ovenproof dish. Add the roughly cut breadcrumbs and grated gruyere before baking in the oven for 25minutes and serving.

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