Chilean Pastel de Choclo

Cuisine: Chilean
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

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Pastel de choclo is as Chilean as it gets, and it is delicious!

The pastel de choclo, or corn pie, is a classic Chilean creation. Although not stated or emphasized in the name, this recipe also has meat. In Spanish, different words like choclo or maíz are used for corn, depending on the country or region.

In a recent survey by a Chilean online magazine, pastel de choclo was ranked as Chile’s favorite home-cooked meal, favored by 21% of respondents. You can find it pretty much everywhere: restaurant menus, bakeries, supermarkets, and sidewalk food stands. Here is a recipe for Pastel de Choclo. As with many of these recipes, cooks add their own twist, so feel free to test your creativity.

Serve up this recipe and show off your Chilean pride when you get together with friends and family.


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  1. Heat the grated corn, chopped basil, salt and butter in a large pot. Add the milk little by little, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
  2. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Leave to one side while you prepare the meat filling.
  3. Fry the onions in oil until transparent, add the ground meat and stir to brown. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin.
  4. To prepare the pie, use an oven-proof dish that you can take to the table. Spread over the bottom of the dish the onion-ground meat mixture.
  5. Over this, place the hard-boiled egg slices, olives and raisins.
  6. Put the chicken pieces on top, bone the chicken if you like. Cover the filling with the corn mixture. Sprinkle the confectioners’ sugar over the top.
  7. Bake at 400 F for 30 to 35 minutes until the crust is golden brown. Serve at once. In Chile, more sugar is served to sprinkle over the “pastel” as it is eaten.
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