Corn Pudding, Corn Casserole, Corn Bake. Call it what you will - this easy corn side dish is impressive at holiday meals but easy enough to toss together as a weeknight side dish. It's almost like a corn pudding soufflé!
I'm not even going to be subtle or polite about it: this casserole-style corn pudding recipe is by far the best way to prepare corn, other than leaving it on the cob. Something about it feels extraordinarily special, even though it's simple. Almost soufflé-like in texture, kernels of corn never knew they could be this fancy until they landed smack-dab in the middle of your Christmas dinner table .
Corn Pudding makes Corn taste special
It's a holiday standard in my house. We make corn pudding every year.
Oh, and when I go to the Farmer's Market in the dead of summer and the fresh corn is calling my name? I make this southern corn pudding then, too.
Once, on a night we both had to work particularly late and came home to a house with only pantry and refrigerator "staples" but no real dinner, I broke out two cans of corn from our Hurricane Preparedness Kit, and we had it for dinner along with some steamed frozen green beans in garlic.
It's the best kind of "secret weapon" dish. Delicious and requiring practically zero effort if you use canned corn, but absolutely sublime when you have the time to go through the trouble of using fresh cobs, this corn pudding / corn casserole will make you friends, clean your house, and increase your worldwide influence.
Or it's just an awesome dish. Whatever. Either way.
- 2 cups shucked raw corn, save cobs ( or 2 cups canned corn )
- 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp melted butter
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Toss corn kernels, flour, salt, sugar, and cayenne in one bowl until corn is coated in other ingredients.
- Over a measuring cup, run the back side of your knife along each side of the shucked corn cobs to "milk" the corn into the cup. Fill the cup the rest of the way to the 1 cup mark with cow milk.
- In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then add the milk and butter and beat until combined.
- Stir the two mixtures together and pour into a greased 1.5 qt baking dish, pie pan, or tart dish.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.
Marianne, on the off chance you were able to cook this without eating the whole dish right away, have you had good luck with freezing it? I'd like to make it ahead for a holiday meal.
I have not frozen it, but if you do, I'd love to know how it turns out!
Bill, what I do is mix this up ahead of time - a few days - and pop it into a ziplock bag or Tupperware. But the butter will turn into globules so you will have to let it come to room temperature and whisk it again. I’ve been making this for my family for 20 years. It’s the favorite of the entire crew. I also use half n half instead of whole milk. Delish!
This just made it on our Christmas day menu 🙂