Jan Buhrman, owner of Kitchen Porch caterers, is well-known on the Vineyard for her support of artisanal producers, sustainable agriculture, and fisheries.
She also helped bring the international Slow Food movement to the Island, and her food always reflects the Island’s best. This side dish makes a lovely presentation.

Serves 6 to 8

• 4 cups Morning Glory corn (about 3 ears)
• 1 cup milk
• 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, plus more for greasing dish
• 3 tablespoons finely diced shallots or scallions
• 3 tablespoons flour
• 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese, cheddar, or feta
• 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
• Freshly milled white pepper
• 3 eggs, separated
• Any good salsa

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 6-cup soufflé dish.

2. Purée 1 1/2 cups corn with milk for 3 full minutes, then pour into a fine sieve and press out the liquid with a soft rubber scraper. Set aside.

3. Melt butter in a saucepan, add shallots, and cook over heat for 1 minute. Stir in the flour, then whisk in the corn-milk mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in the remaining corn, cheese, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a little pepper.

4. Warm the egg yolks by pouring 1/2 cup of the mixture over them, then return to the pan, stirring briskly.

5. Beat the egg whites until they hold firm peaks, then fold into the hot base. Pour the batter into the dish and set in a baking pan with boiling water to come halfway up the side.

6. Bake until a golden puffy crown has emerged, and the pudding is sturdy, about 1 hour. Serve warm.