Went to a Lakers gathering at the D&C Ranch on Sunday and since that’s a cheat day, I wanted to bring something rich and full of butter. So of course, I thought of this lady, who is both:
Googling “corn casserole recipe” brought up this expensive, labor-intensive recipe from Ina Garten, and this cheap, trashy little number from Paula Deen, bless her sweet Southern soul. I looked at the ingredients and thought, that will NEVER work. Corn, more corn, a Jiffy corn muffin mix, sour cream, and butter. Mix and bake. Yeah RIGHT! Where are the eggs, Paula? Are you high on powdered sugar?
I’ve had mixed results with Paula’s recipes. Maybe it’s because she is a “pinch here, cup there” kind of cook, which makes it hard for her people to write down her recipes. (That said, it is irresponsible of them not to TEST said recipes. Butter doesn’t come cheap, Paula’s people. Remember that.) Since I considered this combo of ingredients more of a science experiment than a potentially presentable side dish, imagine my surprise when it worked like a charm!
IMPORTANT NOTE: I used 1/3 c butter (instead of a 1/2 c) and added a drained can of diced green chilis which was a GREAT call, in fact even more heat would’ve been better — next time I might try a can of diced jalapenos. Oh yes. I’ll be making it again.
This dangerously addictive side dish was a hit at the party (especially with the vegetarians, YAY!) and I highly suggest you bring it to your next casual picnic or pot-luck! Note that it may be a little whiskey tango for your finicky foodie friends. (Thanks Greg, for giving me a highly amusing and politically correct way to reference white trash, a societal sector from which I’m proud to have descended.)