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Corn-Bacon Spoon Bread with tomatoes Recipe


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     Corn-Bacon Spoon Bread with tomatoes

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Servings   4
Preptime   1 hr 15 min

4 strips bacon, diced
1 cup stone-ground cornmeal
2 3/4 cups whole milk
Kosher salt
2 tsp sugar
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 cups corn kernels (from 2 ears of corn)
4 scallions, finely chopped
4 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 pound tomatoes, chopped
2 tbsp EVOO
3 tbsp chopped mixed fresh herbs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 325. Prepare the spoon bread- Cook the bacon in a skillet until just crisp; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate, leaving the drippings in the pan. Grease a 6-cup shallow baking dish with some of the drippings and dust with 2 tsp cornmeal. Place on a baking sheet.
Add the milk to the remaining drippings in the skillet and bring to a boil over high heat. Whisking constantly, gradually pour in the remaining cornmeal. Add 1 tsp salt, the sugar and cayenne. Lower the heat and simmer, whisking, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in the corn, scallions, and bacon; remove from the heat.
Beat the eggs with a mixer until very pale and fluffy, about 5 minutes; add the baking powder. Stir a quarter of the whipped eggs into the cornmeal mixture, then carefully fold in the rest. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish; bake until puffed and golden, about 50 minutes.
Prepare the tomatoes- Toss the tomatoes, olive oil, and herbs in a bowl with salt and black pepper to taste; set aside for at least 5 minutes. Let the spoon bread rest 10 minutes; serve with tomatoes.

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