Creamed Elote with Spaghetti Squash


Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

Hi hello hi.

I’m currently flying in the air, bouncing above the clouds headed to Nashville from New York. I was in New York for like a minute for some The release is only 2 weeks away!!).

Flying while being on the internet has alway felt like magic to me. I can’t be the only one. When I think about it really hard I’m like, WHO MAKES THE INTERNET WORK?! What does it look like in physical form. How does it even work. Maybe this sounds dumb (probably does) but as a non-engineer it all feels like it just exists in the ether and happens on its own. (I’m not stoned, I swear.)

Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

Now, about this bowl of corn. This is proof that seasons can play wonderfully together to create something warm and cozy. Corn is still around, it’s at the stores and at the farmer’s markets, but not for long. And squash seems to be popping up (!!!) and out of all the squash varieties, spaghetti squash is one of the first to appear.

Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

This recipe was inspired by something I had years ago at Baco Mercat. It was a bowl of creamed corn and summer squash (I think). I put the Mexican street corn twist on it because that’s maybe my favorite way to enjoy corn out of all the preparations in this entire world.

This dish is pretty easy to throw together and I think it’s something I would definitely serve with like a roast chicken and a salad or a piece of fish. Or maybe even this and just a salad could work?

It’s simple and easy and the perfect thing to make while we take a big deep breath until the next couple of months begin. They’re gonna be busy.

Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/2 spaghetti squash
  • 3 ears of corn, husks and silk removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Salt
  • Ancho chile pepper, divided
  • 1 ounce crumbled cotija cheese or queso fresco, divided
  • Handful of cilantro, for garnish
  • 1 radish, thinly sliced, for garnish


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a parchment-lined baking sheet, place the spaghetti squash half flesh side down. Transfer to the oven to bake until tender, about 35 minutes. Set aside until it’s cool enough to handle. Using a spoon, scoop out and discard the seeds and pulp. Using a fork, scrape the squash--it'll resemble spaghetti! Set aside.
  • To remove the kernels off the cob, I like to flip over a small bowl and set it inside a medium sized bowl. I rest the kernels on the small bowl and slice downward to remove the kernels. They usually fall right into the medium bowl, making it a less messy situation than using a cutting board.
  • In a medium saucepan, set over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the shallot and 1/4 teaspoon of salt; cook for about 2 to 3 minutes, until softened. Mix in the minced garlic, corn kernels, 1/2 cup of water. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat to medium low. Cover the pan and cook until the corn is tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the cream and simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes. It should thicken up. Give it a taste and add a bit of salt to taste. (I ended up adding about 1/4 teaspoon more.) Fold in the reserved spaghetti squash, small handful of cotija or queso fresco and pinch of ground ancho chile pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl. Garnish with a sprinkling of ancho chile pepper, a handful of crumbled cotija or queso fresco, a few cilantro leaves and sliced radishes.


Note: A lot of people love adding a liberal pinch of sugar to their creamed corn. The corn I get is usually pretty sweet and I never think it’s necessary, but by all means, give it a taste at the end and decide for yourself! Just keep in mind you can always add more, but can never take away!
Serving: 4g
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  • Reply Gaby Dalkin September 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    yeah, I still don’t even know how we can be on the internet and flying but I don’t hate it! also, this dish makes me instantly warm! love it!

  • Reply Serena September 21, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Dude, I literally have the same thoughts about internet magic every time I fly (although I now feel cheated on flights that don’t offer it…). Happy travels and can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of this book of yours!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 21, 2015 at 10:46 am

      I’m the same way! Such an internet in-flight snob now. Also, I loooove Jet Blue because it’s free and they have super fast internet.

  • Reply Jenn @ A Toast to the Good Life September 21, 2015 at 8:54 am

    What a great summer-to-fall transition dish! I love corn and spaghetti squash. The flavors in this dish sound like they pair perfectly together. A recipe I want to try! Thanks for sharing. xo

  • Reply Kristina September 21, 2015 at 12:24 am

    This dish looks delicious. I have never had something like this, such an interesting combination, I would never think about it. I have to add this to my repertoire, it is a nice new way to prepare corn.

  • Reply Anna September 20, 2015 at 8:04 am

    looks absolutely delish 😀

  • Reply Bella B September 19, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    yum! I have a thing for fresh corn lately. Safe travels!

    xoxoBella |

  • Reply Elise September 19, 2015 at 11:24 am

    What a brilliant idea! Corn and squash are such a natural pairing, love the use of spaghetti squash as a base to show off the elote.

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 20, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Omygoodness. Thanks so much, Elise. Such a huge fan of yours, by the way.

  • Reply Chrissy September 19, 2015 at 6:49 am

    Yay on the book! And I”m with you on the internet. It’s all sorts of magic.

  • Reply Cristina @ I Say Nomato September 19, 2015 at 5:47 am

    This looks so delicious, love the mix of unexpected things! Technology is so amazing, isn’t it? We live in a very exciting time!

  • Reply Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 19, 2015 at 5:13 am

    This is a really neat idea! Love the spaghetti squash and corn mixture. Best of luck over the next two weeks!! Things are about to get exciting!

    • Reply Adrianna Adarme September 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      Hahah. Yeah they are! It’s a little nerve wrecking but I’m going to try and enjoy it. Thank you!