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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.


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


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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