Creamy and Indulgent Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Casserole

Are you ready to take your corn side dish game to the next level? Look no further than this irresistible Creamy Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Casserole. Packed with rich flavors and a touch of heat, this dish is perfect for potlucks, BBQs, or even just a casual Taco Tuesday! Get ready to indulge your taste buds with this easy and creamy corn casserole that will leave you craving for more.

The Perfect Side Dish

What makes this corn casserole truly amazing is that a little goes a long way. Its creamy and cheesy goodness is so satisfying that a small serving is enough to please your taste buds. Whether you’re bringing it to a potluck or a summer BBQ, you can be sure that your guests will be delighted to try this crowd-pleasing side dish. And the best part? You can enjoy it any time of the year by using frozen corn kernels, which are always readily available.

Ingredients you’ll need

To make this delectable casserole, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Frozen Whole Kernel Corn: Widely available and the perfect way to preserve the freshness of summer corn.
  • Fresh Jalapeno Peppers: Adds a touch of heat to the dish. You can also use green chilies or bell peppers for a milder flavor.
  • Cream Cheese: Opt for the brick cream cheese for better melting and consistency.
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese: Use freshly shredded cheddar from the block for a creamy texture.
  • Butter: Because everything tastes better with butter!
  • Heavy Cream: Adds a luxurious creaminess to the casserole.
  • Seasoning: A dash of black pepper is all you need to enhance the flavors.
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How to Make Creamy Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Casserole

Ready to get cooking? Here’s a step-by-step guide to creating this mouthwatering dish:

Making the sauce

  • Preheat the oven to 400F and grease a 9X13 casserole dish.
  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Add the cream cheese cubes and stir until smooth and uniform.
  • Pour in the heavy cream and continue stirring until well combined.
  • Add the shredded cheddar cheese and stir until completely melted.
  • In a large bowl, combine the corn and chopped jalapeno peppers.

Putting the casserole together

  • Add the sauce to the bowl of corn and jalapeno peppers, and toss well to coat.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared casserole dish, spreading it out evenly.
  • Sprinkle a little black pepper on top for an extra kick.
  • Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil.
  • Bake for 1 hour, then serve immediately and enjoy!

Variations and Substitutions

Feel free to customize this recipe to suit your taste preferences. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Slow Cooker: Instead of making the sauce on the stovetop, add all the ingredients to a slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Instant Pot: Add all the ingredients to a 6qt Instant Pot and cook on manual pressure for 4 minutes. Release the pressure, stir, and thicken if needed.
  • Fresh Corn: If you have fresh corn, use approximately 6 cups of corn cut from the cob.
  • Canned Corn: Drain canned corn and use approximately 6 cups in the casserole. Reduce baking time by 10 minutes.
  • Gluten-Free: This recipe is gluten-free, but always double-check your ingredients to ensure they are gluten-free.
  • Adjusting Heat: Use green chilies or bell peppers for a milder taste, or keep the seeds and pith of the jalapenos for an extra spicy kick.
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What to Eat with Creamy Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Casserole

This versatile dish pairs perfectly with a variety of mains. Here are some delicious suggestions:

  • Tacos
  • Fajitas
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled burgers
  • Sausage and peppers
  • Enchiladas
  • Beef barbacoa
  • Burritos
  • Burrito bowls
  • Cilantro lime rice

So, what are you waiting for? Whip up this Creamy Cheddar Jalapeno Corn Casserole and let your taste buds be amazed by the irresistible combination of flavors. For more mouthwatering recipes and inspiration, check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.