Atol de Elote

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(Salvadoran corn beverage)

Atoles are very popular beverages in El Salvador with roots in Mayan cuisine. They are a sort of thick drink often eaten with a spoon. Atol de elote is based on fresh corn (elote) and has a wonderfully fresh flavor. For ultimate effect, serve it in a bowl made out of a dried calabash gourd.

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4 to 6 servings

Ingredients

  • Yellow corn on the cob -- 6 to 7 ears
  • Water -- 4 cups
  • Sugar -- 1/3 cup, or to taste
  • Salt -- 1/2 teaspoon
  • Cornstarch (optional) -- 3 to 4 teaspoons
  • Ground cinnamon -- for garnishing

Method

  1. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut enough kernels off the corn cobs to make 3 to 3 1/2 cups. Then scrape the cobs with a knife to remove all their milk. Place 2 1/2 cups of the corn in a blender along with 2 cups of the water and puree well.
  2. Strain the pureed corn through a sieve into a medium saucepan and discard the solids. Stir in the remaining corn kernels, 1/3 cup sugar and salt.
  3. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes, or until lightly thickened. If the atol doesn't thicken to a creamy consistency, mix the cornstarch with a little cold water and whisk into the simmering liquid until it is just thick enough to coat a spoon.
  4. Pour the hot atol into mugs or small bowls, sprinkle with a little cinnamon and serve hot with a spoon to scoop up the corn kernels.

Variations

  • Frozen corn can be used in a pinch, but the flavor won't be nearly as good.

Notes

  • Because the corn used in Central America is starchier, you may have to add the suggested cornstarch to achieve the lightly thickened consistency.
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It's the bomb

5

I love it! My family is from El Salvador and my mom has made it for years. I'm trying to learn how to make it but even my amateur tries are delicious! All the haters need to get a life - craving for some attention with negative comments. If you don't have anything nice to say...

Very lucky!

Wow! and all I wanted to do was get some different ideas and suggestions on how to make this wonderful Drink! I'm very lucky to live in the United States and I'm allowed to explore other cultures and the food they enjoy.

deliciosa receta y si canela

5

deliciosa receta y si canela en raja para mejor sabor
la proxima vez pruebo hacerlo con leche y no con agua
que rico moviendo el atol de elote

ITS WHITE CORN NOT YELLOW

5

ITS WHITE CORN NOT YELLOW CORN THE WHITE CORN MAKES IT THICKER AND BY USING IT YOU DONT NEED TO USE THE CORN STARCH TRY IT AND YOU WILL SEE BUT IT IS VERY HARD TO FIND WHITE CORN IN THE SUPERMARKETS HERE BUT TRY IT AND YOU WILL SE THE DIFFERENCE

We use yellow corn all the

We use yellow corn all the time it comes out thick. & we use milk instead of water.

it is yellow corn

You would use yellow corn, in El salvador , the only corn I have used is yellow.And you would want to use the corn starch so it will be creamy. Also cinnamon sticks and milk.

no yellow corn is used in El Salvador

Only white corn is use in El Salvador to make all of our delicious dishes. The only yellow corn i have seen there on chicken farms as feed. the opposite than US. but not the same corn though.

it is yellow corn

You do use yellow corn, in El salvador it is not white. And you do use a little cornstarch to make it creamier, and we use milk.

I would cook the corn

5

I would cook the corn kernels separate and top them on the wamr atol before serving. Otherwise, don't cook too many corn kernels, or else it wont be atol, it would have more elotitos

A more authentic version of this recipe

3

To make this recipe more authentic, use milk and cinnamon STICKS, not ground cinnamon and water. You can also sprinkle some ground cinnamon in each cup of atol de elote, but in El Salvador they use the whole cinnamon sticks to flavor this drink.

I tried this a few weeks ago

5

I tried this a few weeks ago at a Salvadoran restaurant here in the States and was hooked! Looking forward to giving this recipe a try.

hi im doing a year 10 school

5

hi im doing a year 10 school food tech assignment and i need to know about El salvador and i need 1 serving of this meal so i can cook it with in an hour so is there any chance that any of you people who know about this resipe can you please help me thank you

Every construction site

5

Every construction site roach coach has it, and it's Mexican Carnation Instant breakfast! It's muy bueno! Warms your whole body up, and makes you ready for a HARD day of rough work! Then....at lunch, what else? Papusas & Tamales! I love Mexican and Salvadoraneo fuud.
De Paisano a Paisano

IS ACTUALLY SALVADOREAN NOT

IS ACTUALLY SALVADOREAN NOT MEXICAN GET IT STRAIGHT.

LOL yea u tell her lol

LOL yea u tell her lol

what do u have against

what do u have against mexican food?? the above person clearly said it loved mexican AND salvadorean food.

Let them be!

Let them be!

ELSALVADOREAN FOODS

ACTUALLY SALVADORENO FOOD IS BETTER THAT MEXICAN ALOT BETTER MY HUSBAND IS SALVODORENO AND I PROMISE THERE IS NO COMPARRISON AT ALL SALVADORENO FOOD IS CLEARLY BETTER

wondering

5

hey~ this drink actually sounds good to me....

I was wondering if anyone has tried it with rum?

I love how clear rum adds the kick in coquito , however

i don't want to ruin its favor ...anyone ever try it ?

Atol de elote

5

It is so good. I tried it in Elsalvador and was hooked. There they make it with milk and strain the corn threw a dish cloth Hours of work.

You could also add 1-2 star

5

You could also add 1-2 star anise for flavor

You may want to add a few

5

You may want to add a few cubes of cured cheese while its hot they melt within the drink and you can fish them out while eating it with a spoon. That's how we do it in Cuba.

U cant say nothing till u try it

all the Gunacos(ppl from el salvador) love it its so good if u dont like it then somethings wrong with u. That means u need to learn new stuff from us.

Wow

Wow, I cannot believe it actually tastes good, whod a thunk it eh? I do need more cornstarch though, it fools you palette into thinking you are not drinking dinner.

Sooo Good

This is really good, despite what you may think when you first read the recipe. I put a bit of cream cheese in it, and it made it even better, and nice and thick, try it out. It reminds me of Gazpacho...

Don't forget to add the

Don't forget to add the cornstarch to this recipe because as they advise, the corn you normally found in USA and Canada is not the same!
I add two or three cinnamon sticks to this recipe because it improves its taste. The ground cinnamon is good but I see it more as part of the presentation.

Atol De Elote

When I first tried this I was soooo hooked, Its really like a creamy soup that is slightly sweet. I'm glad to find a recipe for it. I live in S. Florida, & we are so fortunate to have many ethnic foods from all over the globe. The Pupusas from El Salvador are also a treat,cto those who have not tried different things you are really missing out. For those stuck with a McDonalds mentality there is life beyond the burger & fries try it sometime .Sue

gross

sounds really gross

lol. only if you was the cook

The only way this would taste bad is if the person who is cooking it is not good at it. Plus granmma says that mean, angry or people with strong temper can't get not even closer to the kitchen while someone is cooking it or it will go bad.No pregnant women can't see the preparation or samething will happen.

To Gross:

Your comment was stupid and ignorant. If you don't want to explore new recipes, go to McDonald's and eat BigMacs for the rest of your life. Why surf the net looking for new and different recipes if you are going to be so closed-minded. YOU sound really gross.

It's good

4

I find it so funny everyone saying it sounds gross when the ingredients sound like it would be good. what sounds so gross about this recipe? Thats like someone saying they think wheat grass drinks are gross but thats also good and good for you. But this is corn. Who doesn't like corn?

This is the BEST drink ever.

This is the BEST drink ever. When I was growing up my mom would make cream corn all the time. Years later when I started to date a latino man we went out to eat and he ordered me one. It was love at first taste lol. It reminded me of my moms cream corn.....Awwww

I don't understand why some

5

I don't understand why some people feel the need to write negative comments. If you have not tried "it", then keep your comments to yourself! There are just too many stupid, ignorant, negative, hateful people out there. I was born in El Salvador and have been living in the U.S. for over twenty-five years. I love american, italian, japanese (i love sushi), mexican, chinese, korean, guatemalan, Philipeno and indian food. Yes, I have tried it and loved it all. I think people should be open to try new things even if it is only one time. I was looking for a recipe to make champurrado (a mexican drink) and look where I ended up! I will definitely try this recipe.

wow

Hey you have no right to call people "stupid, negative, hateful people..." yes there might be some, but what do you care. Let them be. They don't want to try it, so be it. They don't want to. Just because of that you shouldn't be so negative towards them. Everyone is different and sometimes know what they like and don't.

like all

i agree with this comment it takes a very high cultural educated people to understand how different are we all over the world and trying new things is mi passion if I do not like well!! I do not put them down in any way and so with the customs and cultures it could be be very boring if we were all alike like a paper cut outs o factory assembly line people

Im so happy I found this

Im so happy I found this recipe,I will try it. I love this drink... P.S even my 10year old son loves it...

atol de elote

5

it is awesome, you may think its grose thats ok the more for those of us who like it.

ATOL

Just got back from lunch at Amelia's on Virgil here in Los Angeles...Had my usual wonderful mug of Atol de Elote...and it's delicious. If corn on the cob is good, why wouldn't a corn drink be good? Served hot, this is sweet and fresh tasting, and a great alternative to coffee with or after your meal.

Dare yourself to try it. Live dangerously.

holaa=]

1

this actually does sound really digusting! a drink made of corn!! ehww!!

i think you are very

i think you are very ignorant. and maybe don't even know how to cook. i will suggest for you to educated your self

???

Do you realize you consume corn in great quantities on a regular basis. Most of the products you buy at the market contain one form or another of corn. And yes this drink is delicious.

what do you think beer is u

what do you think beer is u artard
corn is ctually used in alot of drinks that u have probaly tried

sounds gross=[

1

sounds really gross

Re: "sounds really gross"

Anonymous, have you tried this atol? it has a different and unique taste but if you don't like it, just say it but don't say is gross. The food is part of the culture and when you speak this way you disrespect the Salvadorian culture.

atol de elote

Sweety:

You should not critisize the foods of other country with out trying it first. Good luck in your search of cultural experiences... An Israeli that lived and tasted food from this country EL SALVADOR.-

Its very tasty and good, to

Its very tasty and good, to the last drop.
Think of oatmeal and substitute corn.
Custards are often looked as gooey, but is not bad.
Believe or not. It takes time to try something new.
Enjoy.

it sounds gross but its

it sounds gross but its really good

ignorant

You don't know about food this is a very delicious drink. You are ignorant learn about different foods. Don't just eat top Ramen and hamburger helper

Learn to eat!!!

Its not gross. It show you don't know about foods.!!

Atol de Elote

Your Crazy for saying its gross, Anyone will get hooked..... you must be mexican, go eat your champurado....lol