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Monday, February 19, 2018

Great-Grandma's Scalloped Corn

This vintage recipe is a hearty filling side dish that was a staple at many family dinners of my childhood and those of the generations before me.  Great-grandma's scalloped corn is a perfect side to so many dinner entrees!



      This recipe is definitely a retro recipe that deserves a relook.  I had great-grandmas on both sides of my family that were known for making this recipe.  One from Indiana and one from Wisconsin, so I am guessing it was a popular recipe with a lot of families in that generation.


      It is a simple to make comfort food side dish that is equally at home alongside a turkey at Thanksgiving or a meatloaf during a family dinner. I can imagine my great-grandma McCallum serving it up with some fresh fried chicken or my great-grandma Schwanke with some sausages or schnitzel.



   This particular recipe is grandma's mom's recipe.  I never had the chance to meet her, but it sounds like Great-Grandma and Great-Grandpa Schwanke were wonderful people.  Grandma says they didn't have much money, but they were always inviting people in anyway.

     She grew up near lake Michigan during World War II and any sailor that came through needing a meal could find one at her house.  I can just imagine the comfort it gave those sailors having a home cooked meal before departing and this is just the type of food that can feed a crowd without breaking the bank.

    Even when I was younger, scalloped corn was still making a regular appearance on the dinner table.  My grandpa would often request it and I can remember my mom bringing it to quite a few holidays at their house.  Somehow things like this tend to fall out of the rotation, but I am happy to be bringing back to life!



    I am lucky enough to be the current holder of my Great-Grandma's china, so it is fun to get that out and cook up a few of her recipes to feel a little closer to her.  There is just something about cooking a vintage recipe steeped in family memories like this that puts a smile on my face.  Little Dude love corn, so I knew this would be a hit with him as well.  After three helpings, I think it's safe to say there are at least 5 generations of adoring fans!

    Some more favorite family recipes include everything from our favorite cheese soup that never gets old to great-great-grandma's dutch apple cake.  What are some of your old family favorite recipes?  Do you still make them or have they also fallen out of the rotation?



Yield: 12 servings

Great Grandma's Scalloped Corn

This vintage recipe is a hearty filling side dish that was a staple at many family dinners of my childhood and those of the generations before me. Great-grandma's scalloped corn is a perfect side to so many dinner entrees!
prep time: 10 MINScook time: 10 MINStotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:


  • 3 cups uncooked corn
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • (grandma likes to add some grated onion, but don't tell grandpa... he hates onions!)

instructions

  1. Combine corn, eggs and salt.
  2. Put half of the corn mixture in the bottom of a well greased baking dish (I used a 9x9 pan)
  3. Place half of the cracker crumbs on the corn
  4. Repeat layers and pour milk over the casserole
  5. It says to bake slowly for about 30 minutes.  I baked it at 350 F and it took about 35 minutes to firm up
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Shared at The Weekend Potluck

26 comments:

  1. I enjoy your recipes and the history behind them. It's a nice change from recipes that we normally find where the ingredients are listed and that's the end of the story. Thanks for sharing on Sunday's Best.

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    1. Thank you! It has been fun going through some of the family history while making recipes my family has enjoyed for generations!

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  2. What a great side dish! This looks sooo good! That's funny that your grandma would secretly add grated onion! I will probably be doing the same ;)

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    1. Thank you! We have been enjoying it for generations! The funny thing is one of my mom's grandmas made something very similar. It must have been a popular recipe for that generation!

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  3. What a delightful game. I think I will suggest it to my group when they all come visiting. My mother-in-law had a similar corn casserole recipe, but I didn't have it. I will be making this for a covered dish dinner very soon. Thanks!

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  4. That’s funny about the onions. My husband loves scalloped corn and I love your great grandma’s recipe!

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    1. Thank you, Andrea! It seems like using little tricks to get our husbands to eat the things they don't think they like runs in the family ;-)

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  5. Hi Carlee, I love sweetcorn, but only ever it it straight off the cob or out of a tin. I remember in South Africa my Mum-In-Law used to serve creamed corn. This recipe would make a far more interesting side dish to some barbecued meat or some nice ham than plain old buttered sweetcorn.... Sadly I don't have any recipes that were handed down the family, which is quite sad really... OooOOooo unless you count my Mums sweet and sour pork! I love that, but have only made it myself once and it's so fiddly. It's a dish both me and my sister grew up loving, and when she's over, Mum will sometimes slave in the kitchen creating it, but only if we are really, really nice to her.

    xx

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    1. Now I want to try your mom's sweet and sour pork! I am definitely lucky to have access to so many family recipes. I love being able to cook things with a history.

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  6. What a fun recipe. I love to get my grandmother's recipes out and make something that we have not had for a while. This corn sounds delicious. We will have to try it. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. It is fun to cook some of those old recipes that have fallen to the wayside over the years! Thank you!

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  7. Yummy! I'm always looking for new corn recipes.

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    1. We are too! It had been a little while since I had this and it was even better than I remembered!

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  8. This sounds really similar to how my mom made her Scalloped Corn. I distinctly remember the cracker crumbs! It was always a favorite! I'll have to ask her to bring it back for some event this year :)

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    1. That would be fun! (Plus it's fun as a cook to be asked to bring something as it means it was good!) I wonder if it's the same recipe?

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  9. That sounds so good! I have never tried anything that sounds like this. Pinned.

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  10. this sounds intriguing! kinda like creamed corn, but different. i want to try it! and i love instructions on old fashioned recipes... "bake slowly." :)

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    1. I had an old cake recipe that said put in a moderate oven until done. I suppose ovens weren't always on accurate thermostats like they are now! It is fun to interpret some of them.

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  11. I have some catching up to do coz I haven't been by in awhile, but this is the first recipe I HAD to look at! This is exactly the same recipe my Grandma made and was passed down to me. I remember loving it but I haven't made it for ages and ages. I'm going to have to do so at the first opportunity! Sometimes when recipes are so wide spread, I wonder if they came on a package, like maybe the cracker package? My grandparents were from Northwest Iowa. Interesting how well traveled recipes used to be. And how they are a shared experience. We're all losing those regional and generational identities. But I guess we're all gaining a lot, too, with new to us ideas!

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    1. How fun that your grandma made it too! I wouldn't be surprised if it was on a box of crackers or something, that would make perfect sense! It is definitely a mixed bag... we have access to soooo much information!

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    2. I've never HAD scalloped corn BUT I think I need to remedy that. How did I miss this?? Oh yeah growing up in AK where fresh corn is non-exisitent and corn comes in a can! Pinned

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    3. Good thing frozen corn is almost as good as fresh! You should definitely give it a try, it is so simple but so tasty!

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  12. I love a great family recipe that has been handed down. Your Scalloped Corn looks amazing! Your post is awesome and thanks so much for sharing it with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I love family recipes too <3 Thanks!

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