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

Boozy Corn Bake

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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adapted from Half Baked Harvest

4 cups fresh corn kernels, about 8 ears of corn, cooked*

4 oz low fat cream cheese, softened

1 cup 2 % milk

1 cup cornmeal

1/4 cup bourbon**

2 eggs

4 T butter, melted

1/4 cup honey or real maple syrup

1 cup, 4 oz., grated  sharp cheddar cheese

salt and pepper

Cut corn from the cobs.  Can be done up to 2 days in advance and kept refrigerated.  Mix cream cheese, corn meal and salt and pepper in a large bowl to combine.  Stir in corn.  Beat eggs and combine with milk, butter, syrup or honey, and bourbon.  Add to corn mixture.    Stir in cheese.  Turn into a greased shallow casserole and refrigerate for several hours if desired.  Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until set and golden.  Makes 8 servings

*cook corn in husk in microwave for 3-4 minutes per ear, or bake in husks in oven at 350 for an hour.  Let cool and remove husks

**to substitute another liquid for bourbon in this recipe, use another 1/4 cup milk or water with 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp almond extract

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!

for another printable version of Boozy Corn Bake click here.  This recipe was part of the recent Weekend Getaway

for a printable version of  Boozy Corn Bake Quesadillas click here

You might also like this Corn Souffle

corn souffle 1


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Crafty Staci

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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! 🙂


  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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