This is a really easy Amish scalloped corn recipe that comes to us from the Berne, Indiana community. One of the hallmarks of this recipe is the cans of cream-style corn. Man, I loved creamed corn when I was a kid.
I'm getting nostalgic just thinking about creamed corn, I might have to buy a can just for old-time's sake. Canned cream-style corn is often found at Amish bulk food and bent and dent stores, of which there are many in the Berne community, so this is probably why this recipe gained popularity over the years. It is also very simple, which tends to fall in line with that settlement's style. This recipe is similiar to the popular baked corn, but with some differences.
🌽 The Corny Amish
Corn is popular among the Amish. It is used in soups, stews, casseroles, relishes, fritters, or simply served as a side. Some Amish grow and then home-can their corn so that there are colorful jars of corn in the canning cellar.
Many Amish gardens have at least a few rows of corn so that the family can enjoy summer nights of corn on the cob with dinner. Fresh corn is a staple of summer Amish suppers.
Canned corn from the grocery store is less common in Amish kitchens, unless it is from a bent and dent grocery store or the local Amish bulk food store. Canned cream corn - like this recipe calls for - this very popular.
📋 Step-by-Step Scalloped Corn Casserole
Reader Anita tried this old recipe for us and offered the following comments, I love her suggestion of adding some chili powder or paprika to add some kick to this recipe!
She said her first impression of this recipe was how easy and fast it came together .
"Soon after mixing it up, my home was scented with corny sweetness that reminded me of caramel popcorn," Anita says. No, that sounds good!
The crisp golden brown crust on top is sweet and unexpected! The surprises continue as you take your first bite, expecting something savory, but instead you are treated to a fluffy, buttery sweetness. The quiche-like texture is offset by crisp kernels of corn*. Again, unexpected, but not wholly unpleasant.
*Be adventurous! Before baking, stir in some sharp Cheddar cheese. Or perhaps add a pinch of chili powder or smoked paprika to kick things up a bit! Make it a casserole by stirring in some diced ham or chopped, cooked bacon if you want to turn this into a full-blown meal.
I've kept the meat as an "optional" ingredient, this is a very versatile recipe. It can be kept meatless or you can add meat. There are also plenty of other items you can tweak to your taste if you wish. For instance, sprinkle in some black pepper or diced onion. Some cream cheese, maybe 4 ounces, can also be added for depth and flavor. Adding a tablespoon sugar, too, can be a nice touch if you like a hint of sweet.
For a corn casserole recipe, this is easy. Perfect for Thanksgiving or other holiday meals, like Christmas and Easter.
The top of the casserole can be coated with crushed Ritz crackers, saltine cracker crumbs, or toasted bread crumbs if you want to add a little extra texture. Most Amish have a supply of store-bought saltine crackers on hand. This scalloped corn casserole is just like something my grandma would have made for the holidays.
🌽 OTHER AMISH CORN RECIPES
🖨️ Full Recipe
Amish Scalloped Corn Casserole
- 1 can of Creamed Corn
- 2 large eggs
- 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- 1 pounds crumbled bacon or diced ham (optional, meat can be left out for a veggie side dish)
- ⅓ cup milk
- ½ cup sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon soft butter or cooking spray
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Butter or spray a medium baking dish. Set aside.
- Whisk all ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
- Turn mixture out into the buttered baking dish.
- Bake in a pre-heated oven for 60 minutes. Enjoy!