Corn side dishes are what it's all about, in my opinion, especially around the holidays. I've put together a list of some of my favorite corn side dishes for anything from weeknight meals to special occasions. They're especially great Thanksgiving corn side dishes or Christmas, too. So get ready, because we're about to look at some amazing corn side dish recipes.
Corn side dishes are one of the first things I think of when I think of special occasions that involve food. There are just so many ways that you can use corn in a side dish. You can turn corn into simple sides like corn on the cob or creamed corn or more involved recipes like corn pudding, corn casseroles, and even fried corn balls. If you can think of it, there's probably a recipe for it, which is one reason that this delicious vegetable is served so often!
I remember heading out to holiday gatherings and summer parties with the family and always finding at least one corn casserole - usually more. Of course, I made it a point to eat my share of everything on the table, but I always ended up with the biggest portion of my plate taken up with sides, especially any casserole with corn in it.
As I got older, I never lost my love of corn side dishes. I always make one for gatherings, if nothing else, just because I love them so much. Luckily, everyone else seems to love them just as much, so everybody wins! It's hard not to love these dishes, and I've found that it's a rarity for someone to pass on any of the recipes you'll be seeing here today.
History of Casseroles
Casserole dishes have been around for as long as any of us can remember. No matter how young or old you are, you probably have childhood memories of eating casseroles at almost every special event you ever attended. They've been around forever. They're easy to make, and it seems like they're the most universally loved dishes of all time. So before we get into my collection of casseroles, let's take a look at the history of this dish.
Casseroles have been around since before there was a word “casserole”. People have been baking dishes for thousands of years. The earliest casseroles were made of pounded, pressed, and filled with a mixture of meats like chicken or sweetbread.
Around the 1870s the casserole as we know it is thought to have come into being, although cooking in earthenware containers had been a standard cooking practice in most cultures for hundreds of years.
In the USA, the casserole became extremely popular around the 1950s when new forms of cookware made of lightweight metal and glass became commonplace.
By the 1970s the once venerable casserole fell out of favor, considered a dish of the unsophisticated and “hicks”. Although they were still a commonly made dish, for decades they were considered something to be made only for parties and only among the lower to middle class.
Around the early 2000s, however, casseroles saw a resurgence in popularity, and these days, you can find them in upscale restaurants in various forms as well as on family dinner tables.
Corn Side Dishes
There are tons of corn side dish recipes out there, but the most popular way to use corn is, of course, in casseroles, which is kind of my specialty. I love making corn casseroles. You can do so much with them. From spicy to sweet, these casseroles make the perfect sides for any occasion. I've served them up for everything from potlucks and backyard barbecues to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Whenever you decide to serve them, they're always a welcome addition to any table.
The following corn side dishes are some of my absolute favorites. All of them make perfect Thanksgiving corn side dishes as well as potluck and simple weeknight meals.
This cream cheese corn casserole recipe is always a winner. Cream cheese corn casserole is filled with cheese, ham, and bacon. Mmmmm. This casserole is loaded with flavor and extra creamy thanks to the addition of cream cheese. This is a hearty side dish that pairs well with just about everything you can think of, but if you're in the mood, it's also an excellent meal in and of itself! This cheesy corn casserole is a delicious crowd-pleaser that everyone will love.
Easy cheesy sweet corn casserole is the best creamed corn casserole, full of flavor, with or without Jiffy mix, baked or made in a crock pot as crockpot corn casserole. It's one of the easiest corn side dishes you'll ever make, which makes it the perfect choice for any occasion.
I love casseroles. And it's very difficult, if not impossible for me to imagine any casserole more perfect than my cheesy Mexican corn casserole. It has everything I look for in a perfect meal and it's all cooked together in one place.
This recipe is not complicated, but it does require the use of a food processor in order to puree a few of the ingredients. On the whole, this recipe is quick and delicious, yielding fantastic results that can last a few days if you decide to store leftovers.
Easy scalloped corn casserole without jiffy (scalloped corn with ritz crackers instead!) is always a good choice. I love the way this scalloped corn casserole recipe can be added to virtually any meal. It's a side dish that always delivers just the right flavor and texture and it goes with anything. Everyone loves the combination of crunchy and creamy!
Air fried corn on the cob is a delicious, fast and easy way to cook this summer favorite. It’s easy to make and so tasty! A great side dish for grill nights or any night of the week!
Mexican street corn casserole is so tasty and so easy. A convenient way of making elote corn casserole, it’s perfect all by itself, or as a side to any main dish.
If you love everything corn as much as we do, then this Mexican street corn casserole will exceed your expectations. Follow this street corn casserole recipe, and you’ll end up with a rich, cheesy dish that’s bursting with flavor.
This Broccoli Cornbread recipe takes classic cornbread up a notch. Broccoli cornbread with cheese is a favorite Southern side that goes with practically anything. It is great for brunch too! The addition of broccoli and Cheddar helps make this cornbread incredibly savory, moist, and oh-so-delicious.
Sweet fresh blueberries are the perfect contrast to cornbread. These blueberry cornbread muffins are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast, though I do suggest taking the time to drizzle on a little honey or maple syrup.
This is it if you’re looking for the best corn muffin recipe. Savory corn muffins with bacon, cheese, and onion are perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
This homemade corn muffin recipe yields the most scrumptious muffins you’ll ever taste. With or without jalapenos, mini or regular, they’re a delight.
Serving Corn Side Dishes
It couldn't be easier to serve these side dishes. Just leave them out in their casserole dishes and let everyone spoon out as much as they want! These are excellent side dishes for everything from weeknight meals to potlucks and holiday get-togethers. There's really never a wrong time to serve them up! Everyone always loves digging in and piling big helping of these delicious sides on their plates, so they're always a hit.
Storing Corn Side Dishes
These are some of the best corn side dishes you'll ever make, so you'll be happy to have leftovers! Here's the best part. Storing these corn side dish recipes is as easy as making them. Simply cover the casserole dish and refrigerate them. They'll keep well for about four days. For longer storage, you can freeze these Thanksgiving corn side dishes, too. Simply cover the casserole dish tightly in foil and place it in the freezer for up to two months. You can also scoop your casseroles out into air-tight freezer-safe containers, as well.
Try All of These Corn Side Dishes
These are some of the best corn side dishes you'll ever make, and everyone who eats them will say the same. They're the perfect Easter, Christmas, or Thanksgiving corn side dishes because they pair perfectly with all our holiday favorites like ham, turkey, or beef roast. They're also so good for weeknight meals, as well. Some of them are loaded with meat, so they make complete meals all by themselves!
Give these corn side dish recipes a try, and I know you'll love them as much as I do. They're so easy and delicious, there's no reason not to make them!