Readers of this blog, as well as my others, have “heard” me strongly suggest that they find a way to help those less fortunate in their cities and towns as well as all over the country. It is tragic that this great nation should have a significant problem with hunger.
And, you’ve seen logos and links in my sidebar for organizations fighting hunger, including Share Our Strength. It is my honor to ad The Evolving Cook to the list of participants in its Share Our Holiday Table program. Dozens of bloggers have joined to bring attention to the problem of hunger. We’re covering all aspects of the holiday meal. I selected the category Family-Friendly Side Dishes. To most people, holidays mean family, and to me, my holiday memories all center around the meal and family sitting around the table.
I’m a huge fan of side dishes. In fact, many times, I prefer the sides to the main course. With that in mind, it seemed logical that I contribute a side dish. I have always loved corn, and one of my favorite dishes of my mom’s has always been scalloped corn. I’ve made a few changes to my version.
1 15-ounce can cream-style corn
1 15-ounce whole kernel corn
1/3 cup half and half (nonfat will work fine)
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup crushed saltines
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a medium bowl, whisk the egg well.
Drain the can of whole kernel corn. Add the drained corn and the cream-style corn. Cube the butter into small pieces. Reserve 1 tablespoon and add the rest to the egg/corn mixture. Add the half-and-half, salt and pepper, and 3/4 cup of the crushed crackers. Mix well.
Pour into a 1-quart, buttered casserole. Top with the reserved butter cubes and crushed crackers.
Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until it bubbles around the edges and is slightly browned on top.
Use fresh or frozen corn instead of canned. (Yes, you can sometimes find frozen cream-style corn.)
Instead of saltines, use butter-flavored crackers, like Ritz. If salt is a concern, use crackers with unsalted tops.
Add well-drained, chopped pimentos or chopped green or red peppers.
Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Add cooked, chopped bacon.
For a richer, more buttery flavor, use all the butter in the casserole and dot with an extra 1 0r 2 tablespoons of butter.
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And most important, visit Share Our Holiday Table to make a donation. Any amount will make a difference.© Copyright 2010 Ida Walker, All rights Reserved. Written For: The Enabling Cook