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Mary Anne Nelson
Mary Anne Nelson - Travel Expert

Born in the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, Mary’s insider knowledge and dry sense of humour make her a highly valued member of the Tailor-made Holidays and Group Tour sales team.

corn casserole
  • Prep: 15 minutes
  • Cook: 1 hour
  • Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
  • Recipe serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh ears of corn, kernels grated
  • 450g ground beef
  • 200g chicken breast, diced and cooked
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • 4 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 cup black olives
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3 tbsps butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large saucepan heat the grated corn kernels, basil, salt, pepper and butter. Slowly add milk, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cook over a low heat for 5 minutes; set aside.
  2.  In a frying pan heat the oil; add onions and fry until softened. Add ground beef and cook until lightly browned. Season with salt, pepper and cumin and cook for a few more minutes.
  3. Spoon the meat filling into a baking dish; then arrange the egg slices, olives and raisins over the top in layers. Place cooked chicken pieces on top and cover with the reserved corn mixture. Sprinkle with sugar and bake at 400ºF for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown.

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  • Ben Line
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  • Hannah Waterhouse
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    Hannah had an early introduction to Latin America when her family moved to Ecuador and she returned to study in Buenos Aires for a year before backpacking across the continent.

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