Recipe Box, Maple Bourbon Corn Gratin



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

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


adapted from Half Baked Harvest


Maple Bourbon Corn Gratin

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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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







for another printable version of Maple Bourbon Corn Gratin click here




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16 Responses to “Recipe Box, Maple Bourbon Corn Gratin”
  1. Mary says:

    Yum Jenna! My grandmother used to make a delicious corn pudding and I haven’t had one in years.


  2. Nancy says:

    Oh this looks scrumptious! Those added ingredients are perfect !
    I’m making deviled crab tonight and this would be a wonderful accompaniment! Happy Day to you! 😊


  3. Jenna, corn is my favorite summertime veggie. The casserole looks and sounds amazing, corn pudding is a favorite of mine and this is so different with the addition of bourbon. I believe this recipe would get rave reviews at my family dinner table! Have a wonderful Thursday!


  4. Maple. Bourbon. Corn. Works for me!


  5. Sounds like a winner Jenna! I’ve only had corn on the cob once so far this season… Gotta get on that:@)


  6. trkingmomoe says:

    This looks so good. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  7. lulu says:

    With bourbon and maple flavor, this is a can’t miss and will be on our table when the Maine sweet corn comes in.


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