Happiness Project #44: Thanksgiving Creamy Corn Casserole

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Oh, Casserole! Oh, Casserole! How I love me some casserole! Especially when Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Because you know what that means? Leftovers. For days. Of everything. Which makes me ridiculously giddy. Turkey, people! And mashed potatoes! Oh, and maybe some lovely, flakey cheesecake, too! Seriously. What more could you ask for?

So in preparation of THREE family Thanksgiving gatherings (yes, THREE), I went hunting through every Pinterest recipe ever pinned. Obsessive? Me? Ha! Not at all! *wink* Since I’m still very much a beginner with my Dinner Dishes (& rarely have more than a half hour or so to play around in my kitchen with my Toddler running underfoot), I tend to look for the easiest, simplest recipe ideas I can find. In hopes that I won’t royally mess it up. Which, I’m not afraid to admit still happens (occasionally), and eventually becomes the perfect snack for my Chloe Girl instead. I do love learning new cooking techniques from these messy, messy mistakes, though, so it’s not always a total disaster. Looking on the bright side, right?

Anyhow, you ready for Thanksgiving? Here’s the perfect way to get started!

8 oz cream cheese, softened

3 eggs

1/4 cup granulated sugar

pinch of garlic powder

pinch of kosher salt

pinch of black pepper

3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

1 8.5 oz box of corn muffin mix

1 cup whole milk

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

2 cans sweet corn, drained

1 can cream-style corn

Preheat your oven to 350 degress. Butter or spray a 9inch casserole dish.

In a large mixing bowl, handheld or by a stand mixer, beat the cream cheese for a few minutes.

Beat in each egg, one at a time, followed by the garlic powder, salt, pepper and sugar. Mix until throughly incorporated.

Blend in the cornbread mix, cheddar cheese, butter and milk, until well mixed.

Stir in all 3 cans of corn by hand.

Pop the casserole into the oven and bake, uncovered, for 55-60 minutes. The casserole will be fully baked once the edges brown slightly and the surface of the casserole is gently firm to the touch. Let cool for a few minutes before serving.

From my Family to yours, we’d like to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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