Crowd-Pleasing Casserole

by Dec 7, 2023North Brunswick, Recipes, Southern Sandi

Throw out all the corn casserole recipes you’ve collected over the years. This Country Corn Casserole is the only one you need.

The Full Harvest Moon, also called the Corn Moon, typically occurs in September, but every couple of years it will occur in October. This gives us the opportunity to watch the brilliantly bright moon early in the evening. Throughout history, farmers took advantage of the moon’s extra light that comes soon after sunset to bring in the summer-grown crops to harvest.

Crops such as corn reach their maximum growth at this time of the year and could soon start to perish, so the moon indicates that harvest must commence. It is no wonder that most Thanksgiving tables include a corn dish or rainbow corn centerpieces — even Halloween decorations and pumpkin patches include corn stalks. In other words, fall is the time for corn.

Corn is rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage and wards off diseases like cancer and heart disease. Corn is also good for eye health and can help prevent lens damage that leads to cataracts.

Every year at Thanksgiving I prepare a corn casserole. I have tried many variations; some included cottage cheese, milk and green peppers, and I even tried my hand at the recipe suggested on the back of the Jiffy cornbread package. In the past my attempts were either too dry, strangely textured or too soupy, but the recipe I offer here is perfect.

I tried making this by using only canned corn and it was tasty, but fresh-off-the-cob corn provides a crisper texture and to me the result is better. I also toyed with many types of cheese on top, but the sharp white cheddar had the best flavor and most appealing presentation.

There are many variations to making corn casserole, but I assure you, this one is “the one.” When the Full Corn Moon is shining bright, prepare yourself for all dishes corn. And if you are asked to bring a dish at Thanksgiving try this one — you won’t be disappointed and neither will your guests.

Photography by James Stefiuk

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Country Corn Casserole
Throw out all the corn casserole recipes you’ve collected over the years. This Country Corn Casserole is the only one you need.
Country Corn Casserole
Cuisine Comfort, Southern
Keyword casserole, corn
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Cuisine Comfort, Southern
Keyword casserole, corn
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Country Corn Casserole
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Fry the bacon pieces until crispy in a pan over medium heat. Remove the bacon onto a paper towel to drain, leaving the grease in the pan to sauté the onions.
  3. Add the onions to the pan of bacon grease and cook until softened. Add in the garlic and cook for another minute. Remove the pan from the heat.
  4. For the dry ingredients, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the sour cream, butter and egg until smooth. Stir in the corn, cream corn and onion/garlic mixture. Crumble half the bacon into the mixture and then add the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
  6. Pour the corn mixture into a greased casserole dish. Bake for 35 minutes then remove from the oven and top with the cheese. Crumble the remaining bacon pieces on top of the cheese. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle chopped chives over the top and serve.