Looking for a ridiculously easy and mouthwateringly delicious side dish? Look no further! Green Chile Corn Casserole is the perfect addition to your holiday feast, requiring just eight simple ingredients and a mere five minutes of prep time.
I have always had a soft spot for side dishes, and when it comes to combining the flavors of corn and cornbread, Green Chile Corn Casserole takes the cake. This vintage recipe, which may have originated with the Native Americans, is a delightful fusion of creamy corn goodness and smoky green chiles. Don’t worry, the chiles add flavor, not heat!
Now, let’s dive into the ingredients and tools you’ll need to create this delectable dish.
Tools You’ll Need
No need to run to the store for fancy gadgets! You likely already have everything you need in your kitchen:
- Mixing Bowls: Opt for glass or bowls with grippy bottoms for easy stirring.
- Silicone Spatulas: These versatile tools are a must-have for any kitchen.
- 8×8 Baking Dish: Choose one with a lid for convenient storage of leftovers.
Gather these essential ingredients:
- Cream Corn: A can of cream-style corn adds rich consistency.
- Cornbread Mix: Grab a box of your favorite cornbread mix, such as Jiffy Cornbread Mix.
- Egg: One large beaten egg is all you need for binding.
- Olive Oil: Use a light olive oil to enhance the flavors.
- Milk: I prefer 2% milk, but feel free to use the variety you have on hand.
- Green Chiles: Canned green chiles, with their mild and slightly smoky flavor, are the star of the show.
- Ground Cumin: Add a touch of warmth and earthiness with ground cumin.
- Cheese: I recommend shredding your own monterey jack cheese for the best melt-in-your-mouth experience. Pre-shredded cheese often contains anti-caking agents that affect the melting process. For a spicy kick, substitute pepper jack or combine the two cheeses.
How to Make Green Chile Corn Casserole
You won’t believe how incredibly simple it is to make this crowd-pleasing casserole. Once you’ve experienced its ease and deliciousness, you’ll want to enjoy it all year round, not just during the holidays.
STEP ONE: Begin by combining all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir until just combined, making sure the dry ingredients are fully incorporated into the wet mixture. Avoid overmixing.
STEP TWO: Grease an 8×8 baking dish and pour the mixture into it. Bake in a preheated 400°F oven for 35-40 minutes, until the edges turn golden and the center is set. To check for doneness, insert a toothpick into the center; it should come out clean.
That’s it! In just five minutes of prep time, you’ll have a scrumptious side dish ready to be savored.
Perfect Pairings for Corn Casserole
Green Chile Corn Casserole is a staple at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, but why limit its enjoyment to special occasions? Pair it with traditional holiday favorites like turkey or ham, and complement it with mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, baked macaroni and cheese, and roasted zucchini. Top off the feast with a refreshing glass of cranberry orange cider and some delectable rice krispie peanut butter balls for dessert.
Reheating and Storing Tips
Wondering how to handle leftovers? Here are some guidelines:
- Best Way to Store Leftovers: Cover any leftover corn casserole and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. It will retain its moistness and stay fresh.
- How to Freeze: Green Chile Corn Casserole freezes exceptionally well. After baking as directed, let it cool at room temperature, then tightly wrap it in a freezer-safe container. It will keep well for up to three months.
- How to Reheat: If reheating from the fridge, simply microwave the desired portion for a few minutes. If reheating from frozen, thaw it in the fridge overnight and then heat at 400°F until warmed through.
Corn Casserole FAQs
What’s the difference between corn casserole and corn pudding? While both dishes are based on cornbread, corn casserole combines creamed corn, cream or milk, and cheese to create a new dish with cornbread as its foundation. On the other hand, corn pudding incorporates stewed corn, water, and a thickening agent to achieve a gelatinous texture, often with added sugar.
Which Thanksgiving sides can be made ahead and frozen? Alongside this delectable southwest corn casserole, there are other Thanksgiving sides that you can prepare in advance and freeze. Some dishes lend themselves well to prepping without baking, while others can be fully prepared, baked, and then frozen. Consider options like Sweet Potato Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Potatoes, Macaroni & Cheese, Dinner Rolls, and Cranberry Sauce.
In need of more side dish ideas? Try out these mouthwatering options: Homemade Honey Cornbread, Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Carrots, Crash Hot Potatoes, and Corn Muffins. For a complete collection of tantalizing side dish recipes, click here.