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Monday, December 14, 2009

Recipe: Shoepeg Corn Dip and a History Lesson About Shoepeg Corn


My online friend, Jen, repeatedly updated her facebook and/or Twitter status that she was eating Shoepeg Corn Dip. This was maybe a year ago. I was intrigued, and she eventually posted the recipe. I made it this weekend for our annual UMBC Gang Christmas Party. It was a big hit! A special note - it makes and obscene amount of dip, so don't make it to only split with a few people. We tried it both warm and cold, and it was delicious either way. WoWN stated that it has an excellent "mouth feel." I put the recipe down exactly how I made it (I don't mind light sour cream but hate light mayo), but you can feel free to substitute light or fat free or regular stuff where I didn't.

Shoepeg Corn Dip
8 oz Reduced Fat Sour Cream
8 oz Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
4 oz Regular Mayo
1 small can diced green chilies
1 small can sliced ripe black olives
Chopped Green Onions
1/2 packet taco seasoning (although I used Tastefully Simple Wahoo Chili Mix, now discontinued)
Dash Chili Powder
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (mexican mix or cheddar, I used half and half because I was almost out of mexican cheese)
2 11 oz cans Shoepeg Corn

Mix the sour cream, cream cheese and mayo. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix. Chill and serve with tortilla chips or vegetables. I heated in the microwave for a few minutes to warm, but only because I was too lazy to use the oven.

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A History Lesson about Shoepeg Corn
Who knew? Shoepeg Corn is apparently like a big time Maryland / Delmarva thing!

Apparently there was this guy named Malcom Mitchell. He lived in Harford County (one website said "Perryman," but I think they must mean Perryville). He grew Shoepeg Corn and sold it as Mitchell's Shoepeg Corn. I saw Mitchell's in the supermarket, but the cans weren't the same size as in the recipe above, so I ended up buying Green Giant brand instead. Supposedly, Mitchell's farm (at least some of it, I suppose), was turned into Aberdeen Proving Ground. Now, Mitchell's Shoepeg Corn is distributed by Hanover Foods, located just up the street from me in Hanover, PA.

Seriously, who knew? Shoepeg Corn




4 comments:

Mary said...

Perryman is correct. Perryville is in Cecil, not Harford County.

Nick said...

that was some good dip.

Kim said...

@Mary I stand corrected!

novajen said...

Yay, glad you liked it. I want to make some now!

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