Make This Tonight! Corn Pudding

I'd never heard of corn pudding before this summer, but apparently I'm behind the times. Luckily, I can think of approximately four to five tasty ways to catch up, starting with tonight's dinner.

This dish really has it going on. Imagine chewy nibbles of corn cradled in silky custard with a generous handful of shredded cheese for good measure. You can bake it in a casserole dish as a side dish or serve it as a meal on its own in hollowed out squash halves, like Heidi Swanson does in her recipe on 101 Cookbooks (see below).

Corn pudding can also go by the name of corn spoon bread, and you'll find as many variations as there are cooks. It can be thick like bread pudding or loose like dessert pudding. I love the idea of adding sundried tomatoes or roasted poblanos for an extra kick. And of course, a crunchy crust of breadcrumbs or crackers will never go amiss on my plate.

Check out these recipes:

Cheddar-Corn Spoon Bread from Martha Stewart
Roasted Corn Pudding in Acorn Squash from 101 Cookbooks
Summer Corn Pudding from Food52
Sante Fe Corn Pudding from Sunset Magazine
Toasted Sweet Corn Pudding from Epicurious

How do you like your corn pudding?

Related: Tip: How to Choose the Best Sweet Corn

(Image: Martha Stewart)