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Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

Cream cheese adds richness to sweet corn in this comforting side dish, with extra flavor from sharp cheddar cheese and (optional) diced jalapeños.

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}Do you love cream cheese as much as I do? Are you still scrounging for a few last Thanksgiving side dish ideas? Today I’m sharing one of my very favorite ways to eat corn. My mother-in-law gave me this recipe years ago, and it was love at first bite. Seriously, give me this dish and a spoon and I would be perfectly content.

This corn casserole finds its way onto my Thanksgiving table every year. I also typically make it as a side dish when I take a meal to another family, whether someone is ill or they just welcomed a new baby. It’s always a hit, and I’m always asked for the recipe.

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}But you know what? It’s embarrassingly easy to make. Like, it almost shouldn’t count as a recipe. Yes, one of my favorite things about this dish, aside from how delicious it is, is how quick it is to throw together. The few required ingredients are probably already in your kitchen, and the whole shebang is ready in no time. Melt, mix, pour, sprinkle, bake, DONE.

I typically add some finely minced, pickled jalapeños to this cream cheese-laden corn for a bit more flavor and to break up the richness. But there are no jalapeños in these photos, you might be thinking to your ever-observant self. Well, these pictures are depicting a dish of creamy corn that I made for my son’s Thanksgiving feast at preschool. And since, in my experience, 3- and 4-year-olds prefer to avoid random green bits floating around in their food, I left out the jalapeños this time.

I usually do include jalapeños, though, and by using the mild variety, they’re not even spicy. But if you like a little heat, feel free to add some diced hot jalapeños. Alternatively, if you enjoy green chiles, stirring in a 7 ounce can of diced green chiles would also lend flavor to this corn without too much spice.

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}My point here? This is your corn casserole, so jazz it up with peppers as you see fit, or leave it plain if you prefer your cream cheese pure and unadulterated.

The other fun fact about this casserole is that it can easily be modified into a crock pot recipe. I would recommend melting together the butter, cream cheese, and milk in a pot on the stove for a quick start to the dish. But then you can transfer your cream cheese mixture to the slow cooker, stir in the salt, pepper, corn, and (if using) jalapeños, and cook on low while you prepare the rest of your meal. When it’s time to serve, just scoop some creamy corn onto each plate and top with a sprinkle of cheddar, which will melt right over the top.

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}You know what else would be good with this corn? Crispy, crumbled bacon. You know…because cream cheese isn’t already decadent enough. I haven’t actually made it with bacon yet, but it’s on my to-try list.

I’m telling you, folks…make this corn and it just might top the green bean casserole as the most popular veggie side dish on your table this Thanksgiving. If you’re a fan of cream cheese, it will make you positively swoon. It’s a bit rich to go on the everyday dinner menu at our house, but I love making it for holidays and special occasions, and I think it’s a really nice side dish for pampering another family when I want to help them out with a meal.

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole ~ decadent with cream cheese and cheddar, this corn is perfect as a holiday side dish and can even be made in the crock pot | {Five Heart Home}Creamy Cheesy Corn is simple, it’s yummy, it’s a family favorite around here…and I hope it will become a favorite of your family, too!

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

Yield: 8 servings

Creamy Cheesy Corn Casserole

Cream cheese adds richness to sweet corn in this comforting side dish, with extra flavor from sharp cheddar cheese and (optional) diced jalapeños.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounce package of cream cheese, cubed and at room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 18 ounce bag frozen sweet corn, thawed
  • Diced jalapeños, to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a medium pot set over low heat, melt cream cheese and butter. Stir in milk until mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in salt, corn, and (if using) jalapeños.
  2. Pour corn mixture into an 8- by 8-inch square (or comparably sized) baking dish. Sprinkle with grated cheddar. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden and bubbly.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

An 18 ounce bag of frozen corn is equivalent to approximately 4 cups of corn, once you measure it out. You could also substitute two 15-ounce cans of corn (drained) in this recipe, which equal about 4 cups as well.

The melted butter and cream cheese may seem lumpy as you try to stir them together, but once you stir in the milk, the mixture should become smooth.

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Looking for other festive recipes to make your holiday season merry & bright?

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Bacon Green Bean Bundles with Brown Sugar Glaze | {Five Heart Home}

Savory Herb & Cheese Monkey Bread

Savory Herb and Cheese Monkey Bread ~ quick and easy, made with refrigerated biscuits, festive for the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter | {Five Heart Home}

Mini Cheese Ball Bites

Mini Cheese Ball Bites ~ easy appetizers featuring dried cranberries, blue cheese, toasted pecans, and pretzel skewers | {Five Heart Home}

Gingerbread Pancakes

Gingerbread Pancakes ~ perfect for a holiday breakfast or any day! (a copycat recipe of Kerby Lane Cafe) | {Five Heart Home}

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Comments

  1. Thank you for another mouthwatering recipe! This looks amazing!!

  2. You made this for us when our sweet boy was born, and it has been a family favorite ever since!!! It is on our table every Thanksgiving and Christmas–and more often than not it happens on our table during the rest of the year as well. ;)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww…thank you, Jenn! Glad you enjoyed it then…and that y’all still enjoy it now! :) Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I do absolutely love cream cheese! I also love corn and so do my children. We always have a huge bag of corn in the freezer and this dish would be one of the easiest things for them to gobble up.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      It sounds perfect for your family, Marie…it hope it’s a hit! I personally don’t think you can go wrong with cream cheese… ;)

  4. that sounds like a terrific side dish!

  5. I LOVE cream cheese!! It makes every recipe better, if you ask me. I also love the addition of the jalapenos. This is a fun side dish for Thanksgiving!! Thank you for linking up to Wake Up Wednesdays! I’ll be sharing this recipe on Facebook and Pinterest.

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you so much, Meghan! I think that cream cheese and jalapenos were made for one another, and the corn fits in just perfectly. :) I really appreciate the pin and FB share…you are too sweet! Hope you’re having a great week… :)

  6. shamene@sayitwithcake says:

    looks so good Samantha! I pinned this right away!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thank you for that, Shamene! It is totally addictive…I’m afraid I could eat the whole dish by myself in one sitting. Enjoy! :)

  7. Oh my, my, my. This sounds so wonderfully fabulous! Can’t wait to try it!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Emily…I think (and hope) you’ll love it! I’m glad you stopped by…hope you have a great weekend!

  8. My mouth is watering! I make a similar dish, but without the cheese and jalapenos…that’s going to change! =) Thanks a million for sharing this creamy, dreamy dish at Weekend Potluck. Your recipes/photos are definitely eye catchers!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words! I think you’ll enjoy this with the cheddar and jalapenos. I could seriously eat the whole dish! ;) I appreciate you stopping by, and I hope you have a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  9. This looks delicious! I definitely plan to add some spicy jalapenos when I make it;)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I agree, Ginnie…the jalapenos are a very nice accent to the cream cheese! I usually always include them and I think they add more flavor than spice. Hope you enjoy this when you make it…thanks for stopping by! :)

  10. I have been looking for a corn side dish for Thanksgiving and this is precisely what I had in mind! I’m definitely going to try it with bacon. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I’m so glad you found what you were looking for, Sarah! I can’t wait to try this recipe with bacon sometime. Hope you enjoy it…Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Ooh.. these look like a lovely side dish for Christmas dinner. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Heather Schiavone says:

    I was wondering if I could incorporate cornbread mix into this recipe somehow? Either by mixing it in, or adding it to the top. This looks mouthwatering but I am a sucker for the cornbread mix as well. Let me know, thanks!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Hmmm…great question, Heather! I’m not sure of the best way to incorporate cornbread mix into this recipe. There is the more traditional corn casserole recipe that uses corn kernels, creamed corn, sour cream, and cornbread mix (along with a few other ingredients), so maybe you could take softened cream cheese and sub it for part of the sour cream in one of those recipes?

      Or, if you wanted to add cornbread batter to the top of this recipe, you could certainly do that. I would just prepare the corn/cream cheese mixture according to this recipe and pour it in the baking dish, then fix the cornbread mix according to package directions and spread it on top. I would sprinkle the cheddar cheese on top of the cornbread and then bake the whole thing according to the cornbread mix package directions. I haven’t tried doing this, but I see no reason why it wouldn’t work! If you try it, please come back and let me know how it turns out!

      • Heather Schiavone says:

        Yes I’ve got a few other corn casseroles bookmarked, but I loved this recipe in particular. I’m going to try your latter suggestion, and will let you know how it turns out for sure! Thanks!

  13. Holy. Yum. I cannot take my eyes off of that picture, Samantha! It looks ahhhmazing and I am definitely making this!!
    And congrats because this was the MOST VIEWED link at our last party the week before Thanksgiving so you will be featured on all THREE of our blogs when the party goes liv tonight at 8PM EST! :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Claire…thank you for stopping by to let me know! See you in a few minutes at tonight’s party…hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! :)

      • Could this be used as an appetizer?

        • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

          I don’t see why not, Lizzyanne! There are plenty of hot dips with cream cheese as a base that are delicious scooped up with tortilla chips. :) Hope it’s a hit if you end up serving it as an appetizer!

  14. This looks super delicious. I’m always on the look out for new side dishes to mix things up

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks, Krystle! This is one of my family’s very favorite side dishes…I hope it’s a hit at your house, too!

  15. Christine says:

    I made this dish for thanksgiving and now my family begs for it….thanks for the recipe :)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Awww…I’m so happy to hear that this recipe has become a family favorite, Christine! I just don’t see how anyone could not like it…unless they have an aversion to cream cheese, I suppose. But I don’t even understand how that’s possible to begin with… ;) Thanks for stopping by to share your sweet comment! Hope you have a wonderful week!

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