Friday, December 27, 2019

Scalloped Corn Casserole

A vegetable casserole, made with whole and creamed corn and a mixture of vegetables in a custard-style milk and egg sauce.
A vegetable casserole, made with whole and creamed corn and a mixture of vegetables in a custard-style milk and egg sauce.

Scalloped Corn Casserole

Just like corn casseroles, there are a lot of variations on scalloped corn. Some automatically add cheese, some eggs. Others don't. I can't tell you which is more "authentic" than the other, so let's just say that this one is likely more of a Deep South version and a happy medium!

Not quite a standard corn casserole, creamed corn, corn pudding, or a corn spoonbread, but I guess that it falls somewhere in between all of those.

Here's how to make it.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 11 x 7 inch or 2-1/2 quart casserole dish; set aside. In a large skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Leave drippings in skillet but remove bacon, drain on a paper towel and set aside. Crumble when cooled and reserve for garnish.

Drain the corn, if needed, but do not drain the cream corn; set aside. You can use fresh cooked, home canned, frozen or regular store bought canned corn, or any combination. You'll need a total of about 3 cups of well-drained corn. Crush crackers and set aside. I like to do this with a zippered bag and rolling pin.


Add the butter to the bacon drippings and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the drained pimentos, green onions and seasonings.


In a separate bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. To the sauteed vegetables, add the corn, creamed corn, cracker crumbs and milk mixture; mix well and warm though. Pour into the prepared casserole dish.


Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for about 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Garnish with reserved bacon and let rest for 10 minutes to settle before serving.


Serve!


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Recipe: Scalloped Corn Casserole

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 50 min

Total time: 65 min
Yield: About 4 to 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1-1/4 cup crushed butter crackers (like Ritz), about 30
  • 3 cups corn, fresh, cooked, frozen thawed, or canned well-drained
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet or yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped green sweet bell pepper
  • 1 (2-3 ounce) jar pimentos, well drained
  • 4 green onions, sliced, reserve a pinch for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper, or to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 (15 ounce) can creamed corn, or equivalent homemade
Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 11 x 7 inch or 2-1/2 quart casserole dish; set aside. In a large deep skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Leave drippings in skillet but remove bacon, drain on a paper towel and set aside. Crumble when cooled and reserve for garnish. Drain the corn, if needed, but do not drain the cream corn; set aside. Crush crackers.

Add the butter to the bacon drippings and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and bell pepper and cook until softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the drained pimentos, green onions and seasonings.

In a separate bowl, beat together the milk and eggs. To the sauteed vegetables, add the corn, creamed corn, cracker crumbs and milk mixture; mix well and warm though. Pour into prepared casserole dish.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F for about 45-50 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Garnish with reserved bacon and let rest for 10 minutes to settle before serving.

Cook's Notes: Use any combination of corn to equal 3 cups. I used LeSueur brand shoepeg corn with some frozen thawed corn. May substitute half and half or whole milk for the evaporated milk.

For Au Gratin: Stir in 1 cup of shredded cheese with the corn and top with 1/2 to 1 cup of additional shredded cheese the last few minutes of cooking.

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