Pastel de Choclo

Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Pastel de Choclo

Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Pastel de choclo is a corn casserole that is popular throughout South America. The main layer is ‘pino’, ground meat fried with onions and typical South American spices.

Corn Blended with Basil

The corn is blended with fresh basil leaves and caramelized in the oven. Traditional fillings are olives and boiled eggs, and some cooked chicken. As always, we kept it simple, and you can skip all fillings or make it vegetarian.

Variations
  • Substitute ground meat (all or partly) with chopped vegetables, e. g. eggplants, zucchini, or mushrooms.
  • Substitute black olives with green olives.
  • Add slices of carrots to the ground meat.
  • Add cooked chicken (bone- and skinless) as the second layer, on top of the ground meat.
The Pastel de Choclo Culinary Spice Kit includes the following spices:

Aji panca, cumin

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Chilean Pastel de Choclo
Cuisine Chile
Keyword aji panca
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb ground beef or poultry or mixed
  • 2 lb corn kernels
  • 8 leaves largefresh basil
  • 1 cup black olives pitted
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs sliced
  • milk
  • sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
Optional
  • raisins
Culinary Spice
  • Aji panca, cumin
Cuisine Chile
Keyword aji panca
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
Shopping list
  • 1 lb ground beef or poultry or mixed
  • 2 lb corn kernels
  • 8 leaves largefresh basil
  • 1 cup black olives pitted
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs sliced
  • milk
  • sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • vegetable oil
  • salt
Optional
  • raisins
Culinary Spice
  • Aji panca, cumin
Instructions
Corn Paste
  1. In a FOOD PROCESSOR, mix corn and basil with some milk into a creamy paste.
  2. In a POT, cook the corn paste with butter and salt to taste over low heat for about 20 minutes until it thickens. Stir frequently.
Pino Filling
  1. In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  2. Fry onions until they turn translucent.
  3. Add meat, Pastel de Choclo Spices, and salt to taste.
  4. Stir-fry meat until it’s crumbled and cooked. Set aside.
Assembling
  1. Coat a BAKING DISH with oil.
  2. Fill it in layers, starting with the meat, add eggs, olives, and optional raisins.
  3. Finish with a thick layer of the corn paste.
  4. Sprinkle the top thinly with sugar.
Bake
  1. Preheat OVEN to 350°F.
  2. Bake the Pastel de Choclo in the OVEN until the sugar turns brown.
Serve
  1. Serve Pastel de Choclot with a fresh salad of your choice (optional).
  2. Enjoy!

In the Midst of Cranberry Season

In the Midst of Cranberry Season

Freshly Fruity Fun

It is this time of the year when juicy fresh cranberries are everywhere and we can enjoy them as much as possible! 

  • Start with this 3 steps recipe below for freshly made cranberry sauce. 
  • Check out some ideas to use this fruity deliciousness and discover your own.
  • Add different spices for a new twist along the way with our spice recommendation in the recipe below.
cranberry camenbert
On a Bread with Cheese
peach cranberries
On Fresh or Baked Peaches
On a Pancake
On a Pancake
With Venison
With Venison
With Baked Camenbert
With Baked Camenbert
As Simple Dessert
As Simple Dessert
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Easy Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Freshly made cranberry sauce is much more delicious than from a can, and it takes no effort with this 3-steps-recipe.
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • agave syrup or honey
  • fresh orange juice
Optional Cranberry Spices
  • cinnamon, cloves, cacao, ginger, green pepper, star anise, vanilla
Servings
3-4
Ingredients
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • agave syrup or honey
  • fresh orange juice
Optional Cranberry Spices
  • cinnamon, cloves, cacao, ginger, green pepper, star anise, vanilla
Instructions
3 Steps
  1. In a small POT, add cranberries and 1/2 cup water.
  2. Bring to boil. Cook over low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Stir in 1-2 tbsp orange juice and agave syrup or honey until it tastes as you prefer it.
How about a new taste for your cranberry sauce?
  1. Try one or two of the following spices.
  2. Add little by little and see how you like it:
  3. cinnamon, cloves, cacao, ginger, green pepper, star anise, vanilla