Having a few delicious side dishes on hand is a great way to make meal prep a little easier. And when you combine corn with crispy bacon, you have a yummy side dish that’s sure to be a hit with the entire family. This homemade creamed corn recipe is so simple to prepare that it can be assembled and frozen in a matter of minutes. After that, all that’s left to do is reheat your creamy side dish when you’re ready to serve it for dinner.We especially love having this at the ready for holiday meals. We’ve served it at Easter, Thanksgiving, and with our Christmas dinner.
Other make ahead holiday side dishes:
Homemade Creamed Corn Recipe
- 5 cups (750g bag) frozen kernel corn
- 2 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
- 3 tablespoons butter
For day of cooking:
- ½ cup milk
- 3 tablespoons flour
- Combine the frozen corn, cooked bacon, whipping cream, sugar, salt, pepper, and butter in a large freezer bag. Squeeze the ingredients together to combine the ingredients together.
- Remove excess air from the bag and seal to close.
- In a separate quart sized bag, add ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese. Staple the small bag to the larger bag above the seal.
- Freeze the ingredients until you’re ready to prepare the creamed corn casserole.
- Transfer the creamed corn ingredients to the refrigerator to thaw overnight.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- When the mixture is thawed, pour the contents of the bag into a large casserole dish.
- Whisk together the milk and flour in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and stir to mix.
- Place the pan in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Top with the parmesan cheese and return the pan to the oven and bake for another 10 minutes.
How Do You Store Homemade Creamed Corn?
This old-fashioned recipe makes a big batch of creamed, which means you may have a few leftovers when your dinner is over. To store your creamed corn, transfer the leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator. They’ll stay good for up to four days when refrigerated.
You can reheat your creamed corn in the microwave or cook them in the oven at 400° until they’re warmed through.
How Long is Frozen Corn Good For?
To ensure your southern style creamed corn stays fresh in the freezer, it’s a good idea to store the ingredients in a freezer bag or airtight container. Before sealing the bag, make sure to remove as much air as possible to prevent freezer burn.
Before you place the creamed corn ingredients in the freezer, write the name of the recipe, the date of freezing and the expected expiration date on the bag. Your frozen creamed corn will stay good for up to three months when stored properly.
How Do You Make Creamed Corn Less Watery?
Since this recipe is made with frozen corn, you may notice that the casserole becomes watery as it cooks. The flour and milk mixture will help thicken the cream as your casserole bakes. But if your corn still seems too watery, you can add more flour or cornstarch to the pan to help thicken the sauce. Make sure to mix your flour or cornstarch with a little bit of milk before adding it to the baking dish to prevent clumps from forming.
Baked Creamed Corn Recipe Ideas
This baked creamed corn casserole recipe is sure to be a hit with your family – no matter when you serve it. Whether you’re preparing it for a week night dinner or a holiday like Christmas or Thanksgiving, there are so many great reasons to whip up this dish! And with these variation and substitution ideas you can make your corn casserole even better.
- Leave out the bacon. Mixing some bacon into your creamed corn is a great way to take the flavor up a notch. But if you’re looking for a more classic, old-fashioned recipe, the bacon can be left out. You may need to add a little bit more salt to the corn to help balance out the flavor of the other sweet ingredients. Omitting the bacon also makes this vegetarian.
- Mix in more cheese. Add even more flavor to your corn casserole by mixing some cheese into the dish. Add shredded cheddar, Monterrey jack, or pepper jack cheese to the corn mixture to give it even more cheesy flavor.
- Add some spice. Another easy way to enhance the flavor of your baked corn is with the help of some spiciness. You can give your casserole a little more spice by mixing in seasonings like ground cayenne or red pepper flakes. Or chop up some fresh jalapeno peppers to mix into the casserole with the corn.
- Use canned corn. Since you’ll be freezing your creamy corn casserole before you bake it, using frozen corn make sense. But if you don’t have any on hand or prefer the flavor of canned corn, you can easily make the swap. In addition to using regular canned corn, you can also use a combination of corn kernels and canned creamed corn to give your casserole even more creamy texture.
- 5 cups kernel corn frozen
- 2 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
- 1 1/2 cups whipping cream
- 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 3 Tbsp. butter
- ½ cup milk
- 3 Tbsp. flour
Combine the frozen corn, cooked bacon, whipping cream, sugar, salt, pepper, and butter in a large freezer bag. Squeeze the ingredients together to combine.
Remove excess air and seal.
In a medium sized freezer bag, add ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese. Staple the small bag to the larger bag above the seal.
Preheat the oven to 400°.
When thawed, pour the contents of the large bag into a casserole dish.
Whisk together the milk and flour in a small bowl. Pour the mixture into the casserole dish and stir.
Place in the oven to bake for 25 minutes. Top with the parmesan cheese and return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 10 minutes.