We Made the Pioneer Woman’s Corn Casserole, and It’s Summer in a Baking Dish

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Fresh corn meets heavy cream in this genius summer side dish from Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.

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In high summer, sweet corn is everywhere you look. Good thing the possibilities for preparing it are endless. Of course, sweet corn on the cob is a classic, whether it’s boiled, microwaved or grilled. But leave it up to the Pioneer Woman to discover another genius corn recipe. Enter: Pioneer Woman corn casserole.

Ree Drummond’s recipe sounds like the ideal side for summer, featuring juicy kernels and cream, seasoned to your liking. I had to give it a try.

Ree Drummond’s Corn Casserole Recipe

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Ingredients

  • 8 ears of corn, in husk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Ground pepper

Directions

Step 1: Prep the corn

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Preheat the oven to 350°F. Shuck the corn. In a large, deep bowl or a low baking dish, slice the kernels off of the cobs. Then, use the dull side of the knife to scrape the cob to remove all of the kernel bits and creamy milk inside.

Editor’s Tip: Place a kitchen towel under the bowl or baking dish to help to catch the kernels. Learn more tricks for how to cut corn off of the cob.

Step 2: Combine the ingredients

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Pour the heavy cream into the bowl. Add the butter and salt and pepper, to taste. Stir to mix well.

Step 3: Time to bake!

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Pour the corn mixture into a baking dish. Bake for 35 minutes until warm.

Here’s What I Thought

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While summertime definitely calls for fresh corn on the cob, this makes enjoying the seasonal treat so much easier! It eliminates the messy hands and need to floss that normally come with eating corn on the cob. And with the addition of heavy cream and simple seasoning, the flavor of the fresh corn is enhanced that much more. Honestly, it’s truly hard to stop at just one bowl.

The Pioneer Woman’s corn casserole is such an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner or a backyard barbecue alongside hot dogs, hamburgers and your favorite potato salad. It can be customized with other seasonings and toppings if you’d like. Add garlic salt or onion powder to enhance the flavor. You could even make a Mexican street corn version by topping it with fresh lime and cotija cheese.

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Molly Allen
Molly Allen is a previous bakery owner and former event planner. Now, a freelance writer and editor focused on food and beverage, lifestyle, travel and parties, she brings her years of experience and industry knowledge to readers across a variety of platforms.