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


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



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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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