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Cracker Barrel Creamed Corn Recipe

If you’re craving a perfect comfort food side dish, look no further than Cracker Barrel’s Creamed Corn.

This recipe pairs beautifully with almost any main course and brings a taste of Southern hospitality to your table.

What I love most about this dish is its creamy texture and sweet flavor that just melts in your mouth.

The secret is to use fresh, high-quality corn and a sturdy whisk to mix the cream and cheese seamlessly.

Sprinkle some cracked black pepper on top for an extra kick before serving.

How to Make Cracker Barrel Creamed Corn Recipe

cracker barrel creamed corn

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Corn Kernels (fresh, frozen, or canned and drained)
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

You want to make sure the oven is hot and ready to bake your dish to perfection.

Step 2:

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter until it’s completely liquefied.

Make sure it doesn’t start to brown.

Step 3:

Add the flour to the skillet and whisk constantly for about 2-3 minutes until it forms a smooth, bubbly paste.

This creates the base of your creamy sauce.

Step 4:

Slowly pour in the heavy cream while continuing to whisk to prevent lumps.

Keep whisking until fully incorporated.

Step 5:

Add the corn kernels to the skillet and stir them into the creamy mixture until evenly coated.

Let it cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.

Step 6:

Sprinkle in the sugar, salt, black pepper, and paprika, and stir to combine.

These spices enhance the natural sweetness of the corn.

Step 7:

Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading it out evenly.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is lightly browned.

Step 8:

Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

Tips and Tricks for Making This Recipe

cracker barrel creamed corn served in bowl

Use Fresh or Frozen Corn:

Using fresh or frozen corn kernels will give you the best flavor and texture compared to canned corn.

Consistency Adjustments:

If the creamed corn is too thick for your liking, you can add a bit more heavy cream or milk to reach your desired consistency.

Spice it Up:

For a little kick, consider adding a pinch of cayenne pepper or a splash of hot sauce into the mix.

Make-Ahead Tip:

You can prepare the creamed corn a day in advance and refrigerate it.

Simply reheat it in the oven before serving.

Add a Crunchy Topping:

Sprinkle crushed crackers or breadcrumbs on top before baking for a delightful crunchy texture!

What to Serve with Cracker Barrel Creamed Corn Recipe

Classic Southern Fried Chicken

There’s nothing like pairing creamy corn with crispy, juicy fried chicken.

The flavors and textures complement each other perfectly, creating a satisfying meal.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Warm, flaky biscuits are the ideal companion to Cracker Barrel Creamed Corn.

They can help you scoop up every delicious bite on your plate.

Grilled Asparagus

For a lighter, green addition, try some grilled asparagus.

The charred flavor adds a nice contrast to the creamy sweetness of the corn.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Roasted sweet potatoes provide a caramelized, earthy flavor that pairs wonderfully with creamed corn.

Simply season with a bit of salt and pepper before baking them to perfection.

Quinoa Salad

Introduce a little variety with a fresh quinoa salad.

Its nutty flavor and slight crunch balance the smooth texture of the creamed corn, making it a delightful yet unexpected choice.

Variations and Substitutions

Cheese Options

You can swap out the cheddar cheese for other varieties like Monterey Jack for a milder flavor.

Feel free to experiment with pepper jack if you enjoy a bit of heat.

Dairy Alternatives

Using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream can give it a tangy twist while keeping it creamy.

For a dairy-free option, try using dairy-free sour cream and vegan cheese.

Corn Types

Adding fresh corn kernels can provide a crunchy texture that’s different from canned corn.

You can also use frozen corn if fresh corn is not in season.

Sweetness Level

If you prefer a sweeter casserole, you can add a tablespoon of sugar or honey to the mix.

Alternatively, using Jiffy corn muffin mix will introduce a slightly sweet flavor.

Texture Adjustments

For a firmer casserole, bake a little longer until the top is a deep golden brown.

If you like a softer texture, you can reduce the baking time slightly for a more custard-like consistency.

Extra Ingredients

Feel free to add in cooked bacon bits or ham for an extra burst of flavor.

Diced jalapeños or green chilies can provide a spicy kick if you like your casserole with some heat.

Experiment with these variations and substitutions to find your signature take on this classic dish!

How to Store Leftover Cracker Barrel Creamed Corn Recipe

Refrigeration

If you have any leftover Cracker Barrel creamed corn, place it in an airtight container.

Store the container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Make sure the corn is completely cool before transferring it to the fridge to prevent condensation.

Freezing

This dish actually freezes quite well!

Place the cooled creamed corn into a freezer-safe container or a heavy-duty freezer bag.

Label with the date and use within 1-2 months for the best taste.

Tips for Best Results

When storing in the fridge or freezer, use shallow containers for faster cooling.

Press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the creamed corn to minimize air exposure.

Always label your containers with the storage date to keep track of freshness!

Common Mistakes to Avoid

Skipping the Grease

One common mistake is skipping the step of greasing your baking dish. This can cause your casserole to stick to the dish, making it difficult to serve and clean.

Always remember to grease your dish thoroughly with butter or non-stick spray.

Overmixing the Batter

Overmixing the batter results in a dense, less fluffy casserole. You should mix the ingredients just enough to combine and avoid toughening the corn mix.

Use a gentle hand when stirring.

Incorrect Oven Temperature

Setting the oven at the wrong temperature can impact the final texture of your corn casserole.

Always preheat your oven to the specified temperature, typically around 350°F, to get that perfect golden brown top.

cracker barrel creamed corn

Cracker Barrel Creamed Corn Recipe

This recipe pairs beautifully with almost any main course and brings a taste of Southern hospitality to your table.
What I love most about this dish is its creamy texture and sweet flavor that just melts in your mouth.
The secret is to use fresh, high-quality corn and a sturdy whisk to mix the cream and cheese seamlessly.
Sprinkle some cracked black pepper on top for an extra kick before serving.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Servings 6
Ingredients
  
  • 4 cups Corn Kernels fresh, frozen, or canned and drained
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 4 tbsp Butter
  • 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
Instructions
 
  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • You want to make sure the oven is hot and ready to bake your dish to perfection.
  • In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter until it’s completely liquefied.
  • Make sure it doesn’t start to brown.
  • Add the flour to the skillet and whisk constantly for about 2-3 minutes until it forms a smooth, bubbly paste.
  • This creates the base of your creamy sauce.
  • Slowly pour in the heavy cream while continuing to whisk to prevent lumps.
  • Keep whisking until fully incorporated.
  • Add the corn kernels to the skillet and stir them into the creamy mixture until evenly coated.
  • Let it cook for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
  • Sprinkle in the sugar, salt, black pepper, and paprika, and stir to combine.
  • These spices enhance the natural sweetness of the corn.
  • Transfer the mixture to a greased baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before serving.

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