Corn Casserole For The Holidays

traditional corn casserole

During the holiday season, thousands of families will be serving a traditional corn casserole as a side dish. Sometimes called corn pudding, it goes well with your Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, a delicious baked Christmas ham or with holiday leftovers for a comforting meal after a busy day.

corn pudding with holiday ham
Corn Pudding Served With Christmas Ham And Cranberry Chutney

I’m sure we have all asked, “what can I bring” if invited to Thanksgiving dinner. Don’t be surprised if the answer is, could you please make a corn casserole. Everyone seems to enjoy traditional meals that our mothers and our grandmothers cooked and this much requested side dish continues to be popular. Corn casserole has been around for years and is one of those traditional family recipes that must be served at the holiday table to keep everyone happy.

In the 1960’s, Jiffy, a company well known for it’s corn muffin mix, created a recipe for Spoon Bread Casserole also called Corn Bowl, Corn Casserole, Scalloped Corn or Corn Pudding. Made with the muffin mix, butter, canned corn and creamed corn, sour cream and eggs, it soon became a classic. Many people wouldn’t consider a Thanksgiving meal without this classic dish on their table. It is moist, creamy, filled with corn kernels and delicious.

Corn Casserole, Perfect For The Holidays

When our nontraditional 2020 Thanksgiving for just the two of us came around last year, we didn’t want to cook a whole turkey for just the two of us. Instead, we bought a small spiral cut “honey baked ham” that would give us plenty of meat that we could use in other recipes. I thought a corn soufflé would be good with the ham but my husband suggested making a corn casserole which he hadn’t had in years. Simpler and less time consuming, the corn casserole was the perfect choice.

Traditional Corn Casserole, The Perfect Holiday Side Dish

There are literally thousands of recipes besides the original and they are all very adaptable. You can make the recipe entirely from scratch and add ingredients such as fresh or frozen corn, herbs, sautéed onions, roasted green chilies or cheese. In my version, I used frozen corn kernels instead of canned. I did however use canned cream style corn, which my husband requested, for the added sweetness. Heaven knows there are plenty of other labor intensive dishes that we will be making for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, so how about making an easy side dish. It won’t take you more than 15 minutes to gather all the ingredients, mix and then pop in the oven to bake.

Corn Casserole

Serves 6 – 8

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/2 c. fine cornmeal
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar, more or less
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda 

One 8.5 oz. box of “Jiffy” corn muffin mix may be substituted for the above dry ingredients.

  • 1 stick of butter
  • 2 large eggs, beaten 
  • 1 c. (8 oz.) sour cream 
  • 1 (15 oz. can) cream style corn 
  • 1 1/2 c. frozen corn, thawed or 1 (15 oz can) whole corn, drained

In a mixing bowl whisk together flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking soda and set aside. Butter or spray a 9 x 9 inch or 11 x 7 inch baking dish with cooking oil. Melt the stick of butter in a large microwave safe mixing bowl then cool slightly. Add the eggs and sour cream and mix well. Stir in the corn kernels and the canned cream style corn. Add the dry ingredients (or 1 box of Jiffy mix) and fold mixture until combined but do not over mix. Pour into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Bake until the casserole is puffed, slightly browned, and the center is firm, about 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool about 10 minutes before serving.

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Most all of the time, I cook everything from scratch but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a “not from scratch” recipe. After trying this corn casserole, from now on I’ll have a box of Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix in my pantry. If you live in an area of the world that doesn’t have this boxed muffin mix, this recipe includes all the ingredients to duplicate the mix. There is a reason that simple quick recipes such as this corn casserole have persisted over the years, they are easy and delicious.

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34 thoughts on “Corn Casserole For The Holidays

  1. Wishing you and your family an early Thanksgiving, and I do believe you just put me in the “spirit” with this casserole. I’ve not had it in years, but it brought back memories. It’s so good.

  2. Corn casserole is a tried and true classic! I haven’t had it in years but remember it being one of my grandmother’s favorite things to serve around the holidays. Great recipe Karen!

  3. I haven’t made corn casserole in ages and ages. Yours looks great! Neat to make it again. I don’t have Jiffy Mix, but I do have all the other ingredients (well, I need to get some canned creamed corn; haven’t had that for quite awhile either, but it’s good stuff). Really nice — thanks.

  4. I have never had corn casserole! When I grew up in Michigan I lived about 30 minutes away from the Jiffy Mix plant in Chelsea Michigan! In elementary school we went on a class trip to tour the plant and as a gift were given a Jiffy cake mix to take home! Jiffy mix corm corn bread is my go to when making homemade chili.

  5. Jiffy has been around in our family a long time, Karen. My Southern grandmother made her own cornbread recipe often, but there were many times she just got out a box of Jiffy. We were never disappointed. This recipe looks really tempting and delicious. I’m hosting again this year, after last year being just my husband and I, along with my mother. We didn’t even do ham! We bought chicken pies from a local vendor. Easiest Thanksgiving we ever had, but kind of a sad affair when you think about it! I look forward to a more traditional day, and everyone brings something. If no one is bringing anything corn based, this would be easy for me to put together, and I’m sure we’d love it! 🙂

  6. Karen, this is one of my favorites on the holiday table! Your version sounds wonderful with the two types of corn and sour cream!

  7. I have never heard of corn casserole but I am game to try anything. Fresh corn will not be possible at the moment and I have never seen frozen here, I do have tins though. Recipe copied and thanks for giving me a new idea.
    Keep safe Diane

  8. Growing up, my family wasn’t one of those “corn pudding” families. We always had buttered corn kernels. But that makes corn pudding just so much more special for me! Yours look lovely. I’ll be hanging on to this recipe!

  9. We’re actually thinking of doing a ham this year for Christmas, something we never do and this corn pudding would be perfect. Thanks for sharing! Love how easy it is to make since it’s always such a busy day.

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