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Best basic creamed corn recipe, plus 15 variations

Best basic creamed corn recipe plus 15 variations
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Creamed corn, or cream-style corn, is a classic dish in the Midwest and the South. It also serves as a delicious creamy vegetable on Thanksgiving Day — one that is easy and quick to whip up, and can be made ahead in the slow cooker, too.

A convenient Thanksgiving side dish like creamed corn, keeping warm in the slow cooker, helps lessen the stress on the busy day, and is good in our book!

Best basic creamed corn recipe

Yield 4

Ingredients

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Instructions

  1. Boil the corn on the cob for 5-10 minutes, until tender. Drain and allow corn to cool.
  2. Cut the kernels from the cobs. Scrape the cobs with the edge of the knife to squeeze the “corn milk” out from the cob.
  3. In a large saucepan, bring the corn kernels, heavy cream, and butter to a boil. Reduce heat and add salt and pepper.
  4. Simmer, uncovered, for about 5 minutes.

Notes

Adapted from a recipe at Taste of Home

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Crockpot creamed corn

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This Crockpot Creamed Corn from Family Fresh Meals is perfect for Thanksgiving Day when your stovetop and oven are both full. Give this creamy, decadent, easy version a try!

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Cheddar creamed corn

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Cheddar makes everything better! Especially this Cheddar Creamed Corn from Julie’s Eats and Treats, which is perfect for the guest who doesn’t like vegetables.

Bourbon creamed corn

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Let’s just say the men will love this Bourbon Creamed Corn from Spicy Southern Kitchen! Bourbon creamed corn isn’t your typical Thanksgiving dish, but it sure does emphasis the bright flavor of the sweet corn.

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Spicy creamed corn

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Who says you can’t have something spicy on the Thanksgiving table? This Spicy Creamed Corn from Little Leopard Book adds a touch of spice, a whole lot of creaminess, and a bunch of Mexican flair.

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Coconut milk creamed corn

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This Coconut Milk Creamed Corn from The Good Kind of Crazy also happens to be a vegan dish, so you can please all your guests. And hello—how amazing does sweet corn plus coconut sound?!

Creamed corn casserole

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Creamed Corn Casserole from Unsophisticook is awesome for serving a crowd. Plus, you probably have all of the ingredients in your pantry already, which makes things even easier.

Chipotle creamed corn on the grill

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You had me at “chipotle.” Chipotle Creamed Corn on the Grill from Tablespoon is perfect too because it’s cooked out on the grill, freeing up your kitchen space.

Mini jalapeño creamed corn

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Count your blessings on Thanksgiving, including this Mini Jalapeño Creamed Corn with a kick from Urban Cookery.

Baked creamed corn with crumbled bacon

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Surprise your Thanksgiving guests with a truly unique dish by putting this Baked Cream Corn with Crumbled Bacon from The Two Bite Club on the table.

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Roasted cream corn with bacon

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Move over green bean casserole! Get all your favorite flavors in this salty, bacony Roasted Cream Corn with Bacon from Honey & Birch.

Southern style creamed corn

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Bacon grease and Parmesan cheese? Count us in! This Southern Style Creamed Corn from Buns In My Oven won’t disappoint.

Pepper jack creamed corn

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A dash of nutmeg, red bell pepper, hot sauce, and garlic complete the main components of the oven-roasted corn and pepper jack mornay sauce in this Pepper Jack Creamed Corn from Grits and Chopsticks.

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If you love Elotes, then you will love this Hot Creamed Corn with Lime, Cilantro, and Cayenne from Apron Clad, with  crema, lime, and cayenne.

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