Recipe Box, Boozy Corn Bake, and a Bonus Quesadilla

Is there anything better than fresh corn in the summer time?  It’s perfect simply roasted or grilled, but here’s another way to serve it~

This is a great casserole that can be prepared ahead of time for ease of serving and it makes a unique summer side dish that will always be welcome

Boozy Corn Bake

The thing that makes this dish sing is the added sweetness from the maple syrup or honey, and the tangy zest of bourbon


**Bourbon is a great choice to pair with corn because distilled bourbon is made from at least 51% corn {source} 

If you don’t want to use bourbon you can substitute 1/4 cup milk or water with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp almond extract

I used a mix of white and yellow corn, 1 ear yields about 1/2 cup kernels


The dish gets texture from corn meal, creaminess from eggs,  butter, cheese, cream cheese and milk

Boozy Corn Bake

Maple Bourbon Corn Gratin

The sweetness from the maple syrup and the tang from bourbon makes this cheesy corn dish shine
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 4 cups fresh corn kernels, cooked
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened, regular or low fat
  • 1 cup milk, whole or low fat
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper


  • Put cream cheese, cornmeal, salt and pepper in a large bowl and stir to combine
  • Stir in corn
  • Beat eggs and combine with milk, butter, bourbon*, and maple syrup
  • Add egg mixture to corn mixture and stir in cheese
  • Turn out into a greased shallow casserole dish {can be refrigerated at this point for baking later if desired}
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until set and golden


* Make a substitute for bourbon by using 1/4 cup of milk or water mixed with 1/2 tsp vanilla and 1/2 tsp almond extract 
Keyword bourbon, cheddar, corn, gratin, maple syrup
Boozy corn bake


bourbon corn casserole

If you have some Boozy Corn Bake left over, turn it into a completely different meal by using it as a filling for quesadillas

taco corn quesadilla

Saute flour tortillas in a touch of olive oil until golden brown.  Spread the corn casserole on one tortilla and top with cooked taco meat and cheese.   Warm in a skillet or oven to heat and melt cheese.  Top with  fresh lettuce and another browned tortilla

taco corn quesadilla 1

Cut into halves or quarters to serve

beef and corn bake quesadilla

You can use shredded pork or chicken instead of taco meat

boozy corn bake quesadilla

or keep it veggie with refried beans or black beans.  Just remember to add cheese or sour cream to help “glue” everything together


Another dinner is ready!

This recipe was part of the recent Weekend Getaway


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16 Responses to “Recipe Box, Boozy Corn Bake, and a Bonus Quesadilla”
  1. Lynn says:

    Sounds like a nice corn casserole Jenna! I hope the corn looks good at the market this weekend, might need to get me some:@)

  2. Jodi says:

    Oh Jenna – I can’t wait to make this for a special occasion. I don’t make corn that often, though we love it, and I especially love corn casseroles. Love how it is kicked up with bourbon! 🙂

    • Thanks Jodi! The only part that takes a little time is cutting the corn off the cob so cheat and use frozen corn and you can make this in minutes~no special occasion needed 🙂 >

  3. Mary says:

    Sounds delicious Jenna, bourbon makes everything better 🙂 I love the idea of enjoying some in a quesadilla for a little variety!

  4. Emily says:

    All of my family loves corn and I love recipes I can make ahead. This looks delish Jenna!

  5. Excellent, Jenna! I love how you used the leftovers too.

  6. JESS44903 says:

    Oh my does this ever sound delicious! I’ve pinned it! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. Julie says:

    Wow Jenna, this looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for joining and sharing these recipes at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J party! Have a nice day and week! We hope to see you again.
    Julie xo

  8. bj says:

    UMMM, this sounds delicious…love corn

  9. Judy Pimperl says:

    The boozy corn casserole looks good. I need to do something different…we’ve had fresh corn on the cob for several meals now. And a little booze never hurt anyone, right?

  10. Carlee says:

    What an interesting idea to use bourbon in your corn casserole! I bet that is delicious!

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