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Creamed Eloté with Spaghetti Squash

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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!

Nutrition

Serving: 4g