Easy Trinidad Corn Pie

May 24, 2016

A delicious Trinidadian style corn pie, popularly found on dinner tables in the Caribbean for Sunday lunch. Sweet and savory, this corn pie recipe is a crowd pleaser.

Baked trini corn casserole, in a circular white dish with a green bell peppers, plates and napkin



This corn-filled pie can easily be the star of your lunch or dinner table.

It is an amazing Trinidad corn casserole that is filled with corn mix, corn kernels and other vegetables. It's then baked until it's golden on the outside.

This pie is both a mixture of sweet and a little savory.

Let me tell you this does not last after it's made. I mean, done in a flash. And if they are any leftovers, know for sure that your guests are going to be packing and taking away.

We subscribe to a narrative called "Sunday lunch" here in the Caribbean. This means we cook a banquet feast on Sunday to feed our families.

It's a menu that include everything. Ranges from stew meats, to pies on the side, along with rice, and peas, salads, and let's not forget the drinks.

I'm talking about a table filled with stew or curry chicken, rice and macaroni pie, some cucumber salad, callaloo.

Sunday lunch is not just about food but are really about family and building community.


How to make Trinidad Corn Pie


I usually like to stick to recipes that use basic pantry items, but this recipe requires an ingredient I know people don't usually have in their pantry. Well I know Caribbean people don't always have corn muffin mix.

So if you do choose to make this, make sure you plan ahead and get it.
  
Eggs, bell peppers, corn mix, corn butter. Ingredients needed for pie, distributed out



The ingredients are:
  • Corn muffin mix
  • Cream style corn
  • Whole-kernel corn
  • Eggs
  • Butter (you can use salted or unsalted butter)
  • Chopped bell peppers/sweet peppers - Red, green, orange
  • Onion
** If you want some additional flavor, you can also include a tablespoonful of the wonderful pimento peppers. I don't get them easily here but will sometimes use Bertie's pimento sauce that I get from callaloo box

Ingredients are simple items that are going to give this a big taste.

If you are not a huge fan of bell peppers, and especially having them in large chunks in your casserole, blending them up fine would be a good idea.

You can use a food processor or a grinder, then add that mix to the melted butter. But I cannot suggest to you to omit it since this adds some great flavor to the pie.

In another dish, you need to make a mixture of your corns. Drain the liquid from the corn then mix the corn and the cream of corn together.

Also in a large dish, beat your eggs together, and set aside.

Heat your heavy bottom saucepan on medium heat and melt butter and add your onions and bell peppers. I mentioned above the option to grind them up if you prefer them not in chunks.

  
Melted butter with onions, and bell peppers


If you don't grind them I like leaving them in slices since it looks prettier in the end with all the colors.

Once tender (onions opaque) add black pepper and remove from heat.

In the bowl with your egg mixture, add in the corn mix, corn mixture and vegetables.

Combine everything evenly making sure that the mix isn't lumpy and is a consistent paste. A whisk is the best tool versus using a spatula.

  
Mixing eggs with jiffy corn mix, then corn mixture and vegetables



Pour your batter into a well-greased dish. A 9 X 13-Inch baking dish works well or an 8" bowl. If you want a thick pie. A wider dish would give you a thinner layer pie.

  
Combined batter for corn pie in a white bowl ready to bake.


This bakes for a while (1 and a half hours) so it gives you time to prepare the other things to go with it.

While it's baking now is a great time to catch up with news and adventures with your family. Well, that is if they have not already assigned you a new task.

Though you may want to slice this right out of the oven, this pie is best sliced when cooled.

What to eat with Trini corn pie


A typical Sunday lunch would have some pie (this one or a macaroni pie) along with meat, peas, and a salad.

Some stew chicken or curry beef would pair great. And if you don't want something with too much gravy, try some stew lamb.

Then as a side, stewed peas and a cucumber salad.

With the food, there are always drinks. You may then have to go make some mauby.

  
Baked pie out the oven and sliced

Storage and reheating


This pie reheats really well. And it can be frozen.

It can last in the fridge for up to three days, any leftovers after that, need to be frozen.

I freeze any leftovers like I do my bread pudding after it's baked. Cut it up into small servings, wrap in plastic wrap, then put them into Ziploc bags.

They can last in the freezer for up to 3 months.

  
A close up of a slice of baked corn pie, on a white plate


To reheat, let pie defrost in the fridge, preferably overnight, then get it to room temperature. and then just pop it into your microwave. I always cut the pie in to smaller pieces, though to make sure it gets warmed all the way through faster.

I love the hint of sweetness from the creamy corn, and the coarseness of the cornmeal mix, then the little savory from the vegetables.

This dish is an explosion of flavors. And if you are like me, I love my pie edges a little crispy, so that there is a contrast of texture in the pie when I bite in.

Can you tell I'm having memories of eating this pie right now?

I love that food is always a good common denominator for families. It easily becomes the one thing that can convince everyone to come out and create memories.

I really hope you decide to add this Trinidad corn pie to your lineup for your next family gathering during the holiday season.

  
A close up of a slice of the baked trini corn pie held with a fork.



We love using corn and cornmeal. So here are some other recipes that incorporate them:
Cornmeal coo coo
Boiled corn
Paime
Corn soup















Trinidad Corn Pie, trini corn pie, trini corn casserole
Side Dish
Caribbean
Yield: 8
Author: Renz @ HomeMadeZagat
Trinidad Corn Pie

Trinidad Corn Pie

A delicious casserole combining sweet corn and savory bell peppers. Perfect side for those family gatherings.
Prep time: 30 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 2 Hour

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Heat a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat and add butter to melt
  3. When halfway melted, add bell peppers and onions. Cook until onions are opaque
  4. Add black pepper and set aside
  5. In a separate bowl beat eggs.
  6. Add jiffy mix and corns and combine
  7. Add vegetables and combine
  8. Add to lightly greased baking dish
  9. Bake for 1 and a half hours until knife, inserted into center of pie, comes out clean
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Renz HomeMadeZagat
Renz HomeMadeZagat

Hi guys, I’m Renz. I am the chief cook and bottle washer here at HomeMadeZagat. I am here sharing Caribbean recipes that I grew up eating and new ones I’ve fallen in love with over the years. I just want to showcase the amazing diversity of Caribbean food and that everyone can recreate these dishes.