Pastel de Choclo CORN AND MEAT PIE Courtesy of Jose Iribarne INGREDIENTS: Serves 12. 6 large ears of corn, grate the kernels 8 leaves of fresh basil, finely chopped 1 tsp. salt 3 tbsp. butter 1/2-1 cup milk 4 large onions, chopped 3 tbsps. oil 1 lb. (1/2 kg) finely ground lean beef Salt and pepper to taste 1 tsp. ground cumin 4 hard-boiled eggs, sliced 1 cup black olives 1 cup raisins 12 pieces of chicken, browned in hot oil, seasoned with salt, pepper and cumin 2 tbsps. confectioners' sugar METHOD: 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. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Leave to one side while you prepare the meat filling. Fry the onions in oil until transparent, add the ground meat and stir to brown. Season with salt, pepper and ground cumin. 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. Arrange over this the hard boiled egg slices, olives and raisins. 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. Bake in a hot oven 400 Deg. F (205 Deg. C) for 30-35 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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