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Best Corn Side Dish!

I've been assigned corn for our Thanksgiving potluck - all I've ever done with corn is heat up the frozen stuff with some butter, salt, and pepper, which I think is pretty tasty in its own right. Any ideas for making this extra delicious? I'm considering creamed corn, but I think we've got enough creamy, rich foods on the menu right now....

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  1. Polenta, with full kernels in it, parmesan, jalepenos - set it in a sheet pan, cut portions, reheat in oven.

    1. I've made this Barefoot Contessa confetti corn recipe all summer with fresh corn, but there's no reason you can't use frozen. Simple ingredients, holds well and nice and light.

      http://www.barefootcontessa.com/recip...

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      1. re: BubblyOne

        Go with the confetti corn! Looks like a light recipe and it pulls in a little bell pepper and parsley too! Cornbread or corn pudding just adds more starchy carbs...and you probably already have that on the table with whatever stuffing or dressing is being offered.

        1. re: Val

          i love confetti corn salad, too.

      2. If you can get your hands on some fresh chanterelles (shitakes are also good), corn is absolutely delicious sauteed w/them in some butter (or olive oil, if you like), and some chopped shallot, maybe a bit of garlic, some fresh thyme if you have it, and then sprinkled w/chopped parsley or chives.

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        1. re: nomadchowwoman

          yes! i occasionally add a little crispy bacon as well :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I can't imagine that would hurt --at all ; )

        2. Our family fixes Gulliver's Creamed Corn every Thanksgiving. A big hit every year.

          We basically follow this recipe, but substitute 1/2 and 1/2 for the whipping cream and milk, add Worcestershire sauce, then add parsley to the topping.

          http://www.food.com/recipe/gullivers-...

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          1. re: calpurnia

            LOL, I make that too, usually at Christmas! Heaven on earth-but I think OP wanted lighter.
            Just had it at the Newport location last month:)

          2. Chow's got a great corn salad recipe that works well with frozen corn--use a two-pound bag (thaw in the fridge) and you're golden. Very fresh-tasting!

            http://www.chow.com/recipes/25636-fre...