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Corn Side Dish Ideas?

So this year for Thanksgiving, we just happened to have one of those giant, bulk-sized cans of corn. We plan on using it since we'll have guests and we'll never eat all that corn by ourselves. Help me come up with some ideas on how to use it besides dumping it in a pot with butter, salt, and pepper and heating it up.

We were and thinking maybe some corn nuggets or a corn casserole(if we can find a good recipe). We prefer non-spicy ideas (a lot of what I've found online are Tex-Mex ideas with jalapenos, and we have older folks and kids who can't handle the heat); I'd also like ideas that don't use expensive ingredients.

For reference, the other items on the menu (so far) are chicken and dressing, turkey, collards, field peas, corn bread, and various desserts.

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  1. You already have many carny dishes so I would skip it, but there is always corn pudding, traditional for some on this holiday.

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    1. re: magiesmom

      I just have to ask what a "carny" dish is?

      1. re: c oliver

        Yes, I don't know this term either.

        1. re: ratgirlagogo

          Pretty sure that's a typo for "corny". Remember, spelling doesn't matter anymore. Le sigh....

          1. re: greygarious

            I thought typo for "carby", the b is next to the n on the keyboard.

            1. re: BeefeaterRocks

              Oh God, you've got a point! Hopefully magiesmom will clear this up so this doesn't turn into another frustrating mystery for the ages, like chowguest's only thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/641281) or who is Keyser Saucier? (http://www.chow.com/profile/1176516)

              1. re: greygarious

                Oh for crying out loud. Talk about making a mountain out of a typo molehill. I'm being funny here but still:-)

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Sorry, hard to tell on the Internet. Especially when I clicked on the 152 reply link and the other one:-)

          2. re: ratgirlagogo

            hey, the guy who runs the tilt-a-whirl gets thanksgiving off too, ya know? ;)

            oh, and op, if you find a casserole recipe you like, feel free to omit jalapenos or chili powder if your guests won't eat them.

      2. I love roasted corn - little salt and olive oil, on a cookie sheet in the oven.

        I also had a phenomenally good corn dish at CUT in Vegas. It was roasted corn, cipollini onions, arugula, fava beans and some other things.Been desperately looking for a recipe, but have been unsuccessful so far. Maybe somebody else would have better luck? (It's not even on their menu any more...guess I was the only one that thought it was good!)

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        1. re: jbsiegel

          I love roasted corn, too. Can it be done w/ canned corn, though?

          1. re: chowser

            Absolutely. I've done it many times. Toss it with some olive oil and sea salt....

        2. I like to saute grape or cherry tomatoes in garlic and butter til they pop and become jammy and then add the mostly drained corn and cook for twenty minutes or so til it is melded together. I would use two to three pints to a stick of butter and half of a head of garlic and a good handful of parsley to make it pretty. This is a guess since i have never made that much. Hope you find what you want.

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          1. re: suzigirl

            This sounds so delicious I could make a whole meal of it, maybe with some good bread.

            1. re: almond tree

              It really is good. I always hope for leftovers, but it never happens.

          2. Make corn relish, divvy into jars to send home with your guests. It's good on the leftover turkey sandwiches.

            If you MUST have it as part of the Tday meal, drain well and sautee in butter, with your choice of herb (e.g. thyme, savory)

            Otherwise, wait till after the holiday, and combine the canned corn with shallots sweated in butter, egg, cream, and the leftover cornbread, into "cornbread pudding". That's a nice accompaniment when the entree protein is something plain and without sauce/gravy.

              1. My first thought is to incorporate the corn bread and the canned corn into a casserole. A local restaurant here makes what they call a vidalia onion cobbler. There are recipes online, but I have duplicated it by using a homemade corn bread recipe and frozen corn rather than the creamed corn called for in the recipe.

                Here is a basic recipe to work from as a start using the ingredients you have on hand. http://www.cooks.com/recipe/cu52b195/...

                Another idea is to just doctor up the canned corn by sauting some onions and red peppers and adding the drained canned corn and some salt and pepper. More interesting than just plain canned corn.

                Or add tomatoes and do something like this:

                  1. Soup.

                    My preference would be egg drop soup (with corn of course).

                    1. Definately add corn from your big can to the cornbread. Previous suggestions are all great, also something like these corn fritters i'm sure would be popular:

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                      1. re: Ttrockwood

                        Especially since it's canned corn - I think it would be better baked into something like cornbread or corn pudding rather than doing something like succotash, which I'd suggest for fresh or even frozen corn.

                      2. i'd skip the corn bread and make a savory corn custard, maybe with bits of sausage, unless it's in your dressing.

                        1. Corn in potato pancakes with a tomatillo sauce.

                          1. I make a simple corn casserole for our down-home Thanksgiving dinner. Drain 4 cans of corn, mix in two 8 oz packages of cream cheese along with a few Tbsp butter. s & p if you want. Bake at 350* for 20 mins or so. Stir and bake a bit more. What can I say ~ we like it:-)

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                            1. The collards, peas and corn bread seem Southern to me, so how about old-fashioned creamed corn? Maybe with some pimentos or red peppers to add color? It's a lot of corn, but IMHO the corn bread and creamed corn are different enough (and come from very different strains of corn, FWIW).

                              I'm fond of corn chowder, but that really needs to be served as a separate course, which can be impractical at Thanksgiving.

                                1. If there will be game-watching, this Hot Parmesean Corn Dip is fabulous as a snack. If you have enough people, it can also be an appetizer. Dangerous if the crowd is smaller than a dozen because it could easily become the meal. We've also enjoyed it as the only side with a simple meat. Be careful to use canned MILD diced green chili's, drained, which come through as sweet-tasting. I use only only one 4 oz can for each 11 oz of corn. I most often use frozen corn, cooked, with added diced green & red peppers stirred in.


                                  1. TGI Fridays Black Eyed Pea And Corn Salsa.


                                    Calabacitas, which is basically corn with sauteed zucchini, yellow squash, green chiles, sometimes onion and sprinkled with a mexican cheese such as cojita.

                                    Make some homemade cornbread, then use it in a cornbread stuffing/dressing.

                                    A homemade polenta. I've heard of it being made with fresh corn instead of corn meal, so it may work with canned corn.

                                    A corn chowder?

                                    1. confetti corn.

                                      that'd be good with your tasty menu.

                                      i also like corn pudding.