Humita Recipe – Savoury Corn Pudding
Summer is an awesome time to get together with friends to enjoy some drinks and some nice steaks on the grill, and this humita is the perfect companion to the flavours of the season.
Humita is a Latin American dish from pre-Hispanic times made with corn. There are many different regional versions of humita including this one from Argentina which is slowly cooked with onions and spices until it becomes thick and rich. This recipe has been adapted for the home kitchen and is very easy to prepare. Hope you love it!
You will need:
- 8 cobs of fresh, sweet corn on the cob, husks removed
- 1 medium yellow onion, diced
- 1 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1-2 teaspoons crushed chili flakes
- salt and pepper, to taste
Start with a box grater and grate the kernels off 8 cobs of the freshest, sweet corn you can get your hands on into a large mixing bowl, saving all the precious liquid (don’t waste a drop!). When you’re done, run the back of a chef’s knife along all the cobs to get the last of the juice out (that is the sweetest juice). Set aside.
In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of butter over medium heat. Add a diced medium onion and let cook for 6-8 minutes til translucent. When the onion’s done, add the grated corn and continue to cook until it gets thick and creamy.
When the corn is thickened, stir in ¼ cup of whole milk and continue to cook til creamy. When the milk has been absorbed, stir in the rest of the milk and continue cooking until the mixture has thickened once more (4-5 minutes). When that’s done, add a teaspoon of ancho chili paste or crushed chili flakes. This is gonna give the corn a nice smoky flavour with a little spice. To that, add a cup of fresh basil leaves. Stir until combined, season with salt and pepper to taste and get ready to serve.
Humita is a great side for a nice steak or grilled fish, some slices of really good crusty bread or right off the spoon. Take this recipe, make it yours and have fun in the kitchen!