Corn, Chicken and Beef Gratins
This Chilean classic, called pastel del choclo, contains a bit of everything: chicken, ground beef, hard-boiled eggs, olives and raisins, topped with a basil-flecked corn puree.
- 4 wholes chicken legs, split into drumsticks and thighs
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 pound lean ground beef
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon hot paprika
- 5 cups fresh corn kernels
- 1 cup chopped basil leaves
- 4 large hard-cooked eggs, peeled and halved lengthwise
- 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
- 1/2 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 400°. On a large rimmed baking sheet, season the chicken with salt and pepper. Roast on the top shelf of the oven for 25 minutes, until the skin is golden and crisp and the meat is cooked through. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Increase the oven temperature to 450°.
- Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion and cook over moderately high heat until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the beef, garlic, cumin and paprika and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no pink remains, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a food processor, puree the corn with the basil. Scrape the puree into a large saucepan and cook over high heat, stirring, until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season the puree with salt.
- Spread the ground beef mixture in four 12-ounce gratin dishes. Set the chicken and eggs on the meat and sprinkle with the olives and raisins. Spread a 1-inch-thick layer of the corn puree on top of each dish. Bake the gratins on the top shelf of the oven for 10 minutes, until bubbling and heated through. Serve hot.
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