Switch up your traditional holiday party fare with a traditional Chilean dish by Anderra. Pastel de Choclo is a layered casserole, similar to shepherd’s pie, topped with choclo corn and served in a shallow, round clay pot. It’s a delightful choice for an intimate, fall-weather gathering.

Ingredients

  • 6 large ears fresh corn
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup Anderra red wine
  • 1 cup black olives, sliced
  • 1 cup dark raisins
  • 3 hard-cooked eggs, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Preparation

Step 1:

Grate corn from cobs; place corn and liquid in medium saucepan. Add milk, butter and salt; over medium-high heat, heat to boiling. Reduce heat to low; simmer 10 minutes until mixture is thickened slightly. Set aside.

Step 2:

In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, in hot oil, cook onions until tender- crisp, stirring occasionally. With slotted spoon, remove to bowl.

Step 3:

In same skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef until well browned on all sides, stirring frequently. Stir in cooked onions, cumin, salt and pepper; cook 1 minute. Add wine; cook 3 minutes or until wine is absorbed. Stir in olives and raisins.

Step 4:

Preheat oven to 425°F. Spoon mixture into 1 ½-quart baking dish. Top with hard-cooked egg slices. Spoon corn mixture over the top. Bake casserole 30 minutes or until top is golden brown. Sprinkle with confectioner’ sugar.