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Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy

Creamy, Cheesy Corn

sara a.
A deliciously creamy, cheesy side dish full of corn, ham, bacon, and cheese sauce, then topped with crunchy french fried onions!
4.86 from 35 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tbsp. All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. Black Pepper plus more to taste
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Shredded Smoked Gouda Cheese or any smoked cheese
  • 20 ounces Frozen Corn
  • 4 ounces Smoked Ham cut into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup Chopped Crispy Bacon*
  • 1/4 cup French Fried Onions finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Green Onions chopped

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, and cook for two minutes.
    Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy
  • Slowly whisk in milk, then garlic powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper. Simmer until thickened, stirring occasionally for about five minutes.
    Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy
  • Stir in cheese, one handful at a time, until completely mixed in.
    Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy
  • Stir in the frozen corn, ham, and half of the crispy chopped bacon. Taste, and season with more salt and pepper if desired.
    Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy
  • Transfer the cheesy corn to a small casserole dish (about 3 quarts). Sprinkle the chopped french fried onions across the top, and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 F.
    Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy
  • Carefully remove the foil from the dish, and bake for an additional 15 minutes at 350 F.
  • Garnish with chopped green onion and the remaining chopped bacon. Serve hot!
    Cheesy Corn Recipe with Midwest Dairy

Notes

*Cook bacon on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil in the oven at 375 for 15 minutes until crispy.  Or chop the bacon into small pieces, then cook in a skillet over medium heat until crispy.
Keyword Cheesy Corn
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