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Corn Butter?!?!

JethroSpanks Aug 16, 2009 06:58 PM

So, while watching Iron Chef America, I was intrigued by Bobby Flay's use of a "ground corn butter" and "fresh corn butter". I want to make this! I cannot find a recipe! I assume it's just incorporating butter and cornmeal and/or butter and ground corn, but I could be wrong.

Does anyone know or have any idea or tips?


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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: JethroSpanks Aug 16, 2009 07:10 PM

    i was just watching it too - it's funny, i saw it when it originally aired, and i didn't recall it being such a resounding victory for Bobby Flay.

    anyway, there's no way he used raw cornmeal. i'm guessing it was a pretty simple puree of cooked corn kernels with butter (and perhaps a little salt).

    ETA: i jus did a quick Googel out of curiosity, and there are a couple of vegan recipes for "corn butter" floating around the web that are nothing more than corn kernels and a pinch of salt, pureed with enough water to reach a desirable spreading consistency. interesting how loosely people use certain terms - why not just call it corn puree?

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      paulj RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 16, 2009 08:44 PM

      Hasn't apple butter been around for some time?

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        JethroSpanks RE: paulj Aug 19, 2009 08:30 AM

        Thanks to both of you! Very good point, paulj!

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: paulj Aug 19, 2009 02:17 PM

          that is a good point - i've never really understood how apple butter got the name either (or pumpkin butter while we're at it)...now that it think about it, i guess maybe i just don't believe something qualifies as "butter" unless it's made with fat (i.e. cream or ground nuts/seeds).

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            paulj RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 19, 2009 07:18 PM

            I'm guessing it is a smooth spread, different from both jam and jelly.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: paulj Aug 19, 2009 07:27 PM

              but jelly *is* smooth...

              for the record, i'm not trying to be difficult or argumentative, i'm just trying to make sense of it :)

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                paulj RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 19, 2009 09:48 PM

                Wiki puts it this way
                'There is no dairy butter involved in the product; the term "butter" refers only to the thick, soft consistency, and apple butter's use as a spread for breads.'

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: paulj Aug 20, 2009 01:33 PM

                  ok, THIS one i can see - the "thick, soft consistency" makes sense. i generally only turn to Wiki as a last resort, but in this case i'll take it. thanks :)

            2. re: goodhealthgourmet
              paulj RE: goodhealthgourmet Aug 20, 2009 08:01 AM

              A good source for info on things like this is the Food Timeline
              It says the first print mention is 1774
              and following one of their links, would you like German prune butter?

              Peanut butter is a latecomer, 1895, a product of the same mind that brought us cornflakes

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                JethroSpanks RE: paulj Aug 20, 2009 07:42 PM

                This has become a wonderful and fascinating conversation!

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          ljhaberer RE: JethroSpanks Jun 11, 2013 08:32 AM

          There's a recipe in Cooks Illustrated Aug13 used in their Fresh Cornbread recipe. 3 ears of corn, cut off kernels(2 1/4 cups), puree until smooth(about 2 minutes), you should have about 1 1/2 cups, transfer to saucepan cook over medium heat until very thick and deep yellow and it measures 3/4 cup. 5 to 8 min. From here it was used in the cornbread recipe. Just like apple butter you really don't use butter in the recipe, but use it as a spead like butter, jelly or in recipes.

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            boyzoma RE: ljhaberer Jun 11, 2013 08:45 AM

            When I eat cornbread, I like "honey butter". Easy to make and really yummy on the cornbread.

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