Because our holiday get-togethers can be a little too big for anyone’s dinner table – there are often 40-45 people – we tend to go for a very non-traditional everyone-bring-something holiday meal. Last year we had around forty family members, plus some foreign exchange students whose host families were traveling out of town. They were slightly confused by the informal atmosphere. We’re guessing it was nothing like they’d seen in American movies. But the nice thing about the only-slightly-planned collection of dishes is that a few more last-minute guests present no problem.

I was thrilled recently, in a discussion about what everyone brings, to find my Corny Corn Casserole is a favorite of several family members. It’s a family recipe from a co-worker who always made it for her own family and so in my recipe box it’s listed as “Mary’s Corny Corn Casserole.” It’s also one of my favorite types of recipes – easy ones! So, here you have it:

Mary Lee’s Corny Corn Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 can whole kernel corn, drained.
  • 1 can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 egg

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place the butter in a casserole dish and put it in the oven to melt. Keep an eye on it and take the dish out when the butter is melted. Don’t leave it in too long as you don’t want the butter to brown.

Pour in the whole kernel corn and the creamed corn and stir. Add in the muffin mix, sour cream, and the egg and blend. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until the center of the casserole is firm.

 

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