Let's get corny
November 16, 2011 2:34 PM   Subscribe

I'm participating in a Thanksgiving potluck this weekend. I've been assigned a corn based dish - possibly a casserole of some sort. I'm not a good cook, but can manage simple things. Does anyone have any favorite corn based recipes that are more involved than heating up frozen or canned veggies?

Looking to serve between 10 to 20 people. Also, imagine that you're describing how to cook to a very, very incompetent person.
posted by codacorolla to Food & Drink (31 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
posted by smcameron at 2:37 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Google cream cheese corn - tons of recipes out there. Basically, canned corn, butter, salt , pepper and cream cheese. Add green chilis.

very low brow, but holy cow is it good.
posted by domino at 2:38 PM on November 16, 2011 [5 favorites]

Look up a recipe for jalapeno cornbread. Easy and tasty.
posted by LobsterMitten at 2:39 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

What about corn on the cob? Super easy and delicious. There are tons of recipes out there.
posted by swingbraid at 2:40 PM on November 16, 2011

Sorry- I forgot you said casserole!
posted by swingbraid at 2:40 PM on November 16, 2011

Best answer: Corn pudding!
posted by pinky at 2:41 PM on November 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

Corn Relish!
posted by timsteil at 2:43 PM on November 16, 2011

Best answer: Indiana soofle -- ridiculously easy, insanely good:

1 can creamed corn
1 can corn, drained
1 stick melted butter
1 box Jiffy corn bread mix
1 cup sour cream
1 egg

Mix together, bake at 350 in a deep dish until done (about 45 minutes).
posted by trip and a half at 2:44 PM on November 16, 2011 [9 favorites]

My mom makes a corn casserole that I loved as a kid and it's super easy. It took 2 cans of corn, drained. 2 cans of cream of celery soup. A sleeve or two of saltines. A stick of butter. You layer the corn, soup, and crumbled saltines in a dish. Do about 3 layers, slice up the stick of butter and arrange it on top. Bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes. Not the most elegant dish but it's got a very Kansas church potluck feel to it, if you and your friends are into that sort of thing.
posted by jabes at 2:44 PM on November 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

My favourite cornbread recipe is the first on this page. The recipe uses no flour (only cornmeal) and a variety of veggies + cheese, so in a way it is vaguely casserole-like.
posted by Lorin at 2:46 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Seconding pinky's Corn Pudding. It's so bad for you. It's not one bit healthy. That's why it's delicious and excellent and I will eat it until I have to unbutton my pants and have a nap on the sofa, which is as it should be on Thanksgiving.

That said, I often just make some corn, either sliced off the cob or frozen with some butter, fresh lime juice and some diced jalapenos and some of Emeril's Rustic Rub, and it's spicy and flavourful.
posted by peagood at 2:48 PM on November 16, 2011

Jiffy Corn Pudding feeds a small army.

2 cans cream-style corn
1 can whole-kernel corn, drained
2 eggs
1 c. sour cream
1 box Jiffy Mix

Mix in order listed. Put in buttered 9" x 13" pan. Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees.
posted by MonkeyToes at 2:53 PM on November 16, 2011 [4 favorites]

Came in to suggest corn pudding as well! Same recipe as trip and a half and MonkeyToes. It's a family favorite, and I've won over many a person who claimed to "not love corn" with it. Definitely a crowd pleaser.
posted by CharlieSue at 2:55 PM on November 16, 2011

This is a cross between a corn bread and a casserole -- sounds weird but it tastes SO good. Always disappears at potlucks VERY quickly.

posted by LittleMy at 3:02 PM on November 16, 2011

I don't have a recipe, but corn fritters are soooo good!
posted by cestmoi15 at 3:08 PM on November 16, 2011

Corn Chowder!
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 3:10 PM on November 16, 2011

Best answer: Indian pudding. NOM NOM NOM!
posted by zomg at 3:16 PM on November 16, 2011 [2 favorites]

Do you have a crock pot or slow cooker? Creamed corn! Oh how yummy!! Slightly artery clogging, though. ; )
posted by Yellow at 3:55 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Corn pudding, as per CharlieSue, MonkeyToes, and trip and a half. Except: cover the whole thing with a layer of grated cheddar cheese before you bake it, and cover it with aluminum foil for the first half of baking time. This is so unhealthily good that it causes physical fights among my cousins over who gets the last serving.
posted by rebekah at 5:20 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

Corn pudding is super-good, but if you wanted something less heavy, this recipe for caramelized corn with fresh mint is dynamite.
posted by neroli at 5:35 PM on November 16, 2011

Seconding creamed corn! I just typed out my entire recipe for it but had to log in to the wifi when I clicked "comment", and thus lost everything I typed.. Memail me if you want the recipe, though.
posted by cp311 at 5:37 PM on November 16, 2011

Indiana Soofle - heh, never heard it called that, is corn pudding. I use Jiffy corn bread mix as the base, add corn, eggs, butter, cream. Not as much butter or cream as some recipes, and I use more eggs, and top with cheese. It's delicious, easy, and makes tasty leftovers.
posted by theora55 at 6:15 PM on November 16, 2011

Polenta? Tasty and delicious, and very simple if you use a crock pot.
posted by Marky at 7:14 PM on November 16, 2011

Roasted corn on the cob. You should be able to find shucked half-ears or quarter-ears in the frozen vegetable section of your grocery store. Cooking for 20? Get about 25.

Defrost them in your fridge for a day.

Make tarragon butter: Mix a couple of sticks of softened butter with a handful of chopped fresh tarragon (you can get herb packets in the salad section of the produce aisle.

Smear some butter on each ear, and wrap individually in foil. Put your foil packets on a sheet pan and roast at 400 for...a while. Start checking around 45 minutes to see if they're done, but it could take up to an hour and a half.

Once they're done, unwrap and serve. If you're making in advance, unwrap and let cool, and refrigerate. Before dinner, pop them into a warm oven (300 degrees or so) for half an hour.
posted by elizeh at 7:32 PM on November 16, 2011 [1 favorite]

My mom makes a corn souffle that's like a very moist cornbread, studded with whole kernels. I can find you the recipe if you like-- I can vouch for its deliciousness.
posted by nonasuch at 8:36 PM on November 16, 2011

Spoonbread! I have in fact made this for Thanksgiving in the past. Closely related the corn souffle/Indian pudding/corn pudding recipes.
posted by gingerbeer at 9:03 PM on November 16, 2011

Best answer: This ham and poblano corn pudding is really easy, but flavorful, and just unusual enough that people will be impressed and think damn, you can cook!
posted by purenitrous at 9:11 PM on November 16, 2011

This is easy and delicious, though it's probably more appetizer than side dish: black bean and corn salsa. It's a summer favorite of mine - with tortilla chips, served on fish or just eaten straight out of the container. Happy Thanksgiving!

Black Bean & Corn Salsa

- 2 11 oz cans of Green Giant Niblets Whole Kernel Corn – drained
- 1 15.5 oz can of Goya Black Beans – rinsed and drained
- Small red pepper – seeded and cut into small dice
- Medium red onion – cut into small dice
- ¼ - ½ cup of cilantro leaves – chopped fine (depends on whether you like or love cilantro)

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and toss with honey lime dressing. Serve with tortilla chips or as a salad.

Honey-Lime Dressing

- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 - 2 tbsp honey (depends on how sweet you like the dressing)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
posted by Wet Hen at 2:55 AM on November 17, 2011 [2 favorites]

I also wanted to suggest spoonbread!
posted by pemberkins at 5:17 AM on November 17, 2011

Response by poster: Lots of great suggestions! I'll probably be coming back at some point when I have to make stuff for another potluck, but I'm going with Pinky's for tomorrow. Thanks everyone who replied.
posted by codacorolla at 2:23 PM on November 18, 2011

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