Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Creamed Corn Spaghetti

Prize-winning urban legend brought to life!
Horrifyingly, I was having a conversation recently with someone who had not heard of Dr. Bobb's Kitschen. Which means you people haven't been busy liking our Facebook page , talking us up at cocktail parties, distributing flyers around your neighborhoods, and whatnot. GET BUSY.

Anyway, back to my story. My friend related that her sister, many years ago, had a go-to recipe called "Creamed Corn and Spaghetti". The dish was apparently so delicious, and so frequently made, that the sister had submitted it to a newspaper recipe contest. But, feeling like maybe the recipe, on paper at least, was a little too....well, to be politic I'll say "down home" for a high-falutin' newspaper contest, sister submitted the recipe under her mother's name.

Long story short - recipe won, mother horrified, yadda yadda yadda, family lore is born.

It was Aristotle, I believe, who said that "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts," so let's do a little math with today's ingredients and see how that statement holds up.

Spaghetti + Cheese = awesome
Spaghetti + Butter = awesome
Butter + Corn = awesome
Corn + Cream Sauce = awesome

Spaghetti + Butter + Cheese + Corn + Cream Sauce = SUPER AWESOME

It's true!  Thanks, Aristotle!

And why not mix all these things together? As my father used to say, while stirring the entire contents of his dinner plate into one giant lump of grayish matter that vaguely resembled food, "It all goes to the same place."

My friend couldn't recall the exact recipe - she believed it also involved cream of mushroom soup - but cobbling together a few different versions from the internets, I came up with the following:

1 can cream-style corn
1 can whole-kernel corn with liquid
1 cup (about 1/3 pound) spaghetti, uncooked, broken up
1 cup grated cheddar or mozarella cheese (I used a half cup of each)
1/2 stick butter, melted

Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish. Bake covered at 350 for 30 minutes. Uncover, and bake an additional 30 minutes.

You'll see that Dr. Husband struggled with his rating - Also due to the white-trashiness of the combination of ingredients.
Our Rating: Two One Screaming Husband!
(all dishes are rated from one to five Screaming Husbands. One Screaming Husband equals a happy home where all problems are solved during cocktail hour. Five Screaming Husbands signals the beginning of divorce proceedings.)

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