Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Corn Casserole ala Second Hand Lions #FoodnFlix

I was so excited when Courtney of Fictional Fare chose Second Hand Lions as this months FoodnFlix movie.  You are welcome to join in the fun.  Courtney tells you how in her announcement post.

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This movie has been a family favorite since it first came out in 2003.  Not many people have heard of it, unless you are our friend, then you have heard of it and have watched it.  Probably more than once. We watch it at least twice a year.  It is funny, touching, heart wrenching, exciting and has a great moral to the story.

It never really made a splash on the big screen.  I don't know why.  I hadn't heard of the movie until my TC family brought it down on one of their visits shortly after it came out on dvd and Frank and I were immediately hooked.  We went out and bought our own copy that we have passed out to all of our friends.  We always make sure we get it back though because we know we are going to want to watch it again.

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It is the story of Walter, a young boy that is unceremoniously dropped on the doorstep of his eccentric great uncles by his sorry excuse of a mother.

The uncles have had quite a colorful past and Walter learns how to wheedle the stories of their adventures out of them.  The uncles are believed to have a hidden treasure of millions of dollars which leads to numerous people coming to their property in the hopes of getting a piece of the prize.

The uncles, played by Michael Caine and Robert Duvall, handle these interlopers by sitting on their porch with shotguns taking pot shots at any and all salesmen that dare to enter.  One salesman is more persistent than the others and Walter convinces his uncles to take a look at what he has to sell.

This leads to many fun and exciting purchases including seeds to start a vegetable garden that turn out to be all the same, giving them a huge crop of corn.  They also order up a "dangerous lion" with the intent of getting some hunting in, however the lion turns out to be a pussy cat who considers the corn field his jungle.

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There is not a lot of food in this movie but there is some.  There are breakfasts eaten and a great scene at a bbq restaurant where the uncles are confronted by a bunch of punks who quickly realize they picked on the wrong "old" guys.

I had to go with corn though.  Those poor guys were eating corn until it came out of their ears.  I have mentioned before about Frank's love affair with sweet corn.  If it were up to him that would be the only vegetable served in this household.  Luckily, it is not up to him but I do try to appease him with corn at least once a week during the winter and several times a week when sweet corn stands are overflowing.

You would think I would run out of corn recipes and I haven't even shared all of the recipes using cornmeal.  Well, I haven't run out yet and I don't know that I ever will. 

The recipe I decided to share with you today, in honor of Second Hand Lions, is a casserole that our sister in law, Rebecca, serves us when we go to her home for get-togethers and often brings to pot lucks.

I asked her to share her recipe and she laughed a little and sent it to me.  It is amazingly simple and uses canned corn so it can be served year round.

Simply mix together a box of corn muffin mix, 2 cans of corn, some sour cream, an egg and some butter and turn it into a casserole that has been treated with cooking spray.

Let it bake up for an hour, uncovered for the last half of the baking time, until golden brown and a skewer inserted removes cleanly.

It is almost like a corn pudding.  The boxed mix along with the corn adds a little sweetness to it.  I thought about using fresh corn for this and I'm sure that you could.  I also thought about making my own corn muffin mix.  Then I knocked myself upside my head.  Everyone that is served this version, made by Rebecca, loves it.  Why mess with success?!

Our friend, Amy of Amy's Cooking Adventures, and her family shared dinner with us the evening I served this dish. It all got gobbled up and I watched people going back for seconds.  I am glad that I listened to my sensible side and left well enough alone.

Corn Casserole
courtesy of Rebecca Klik

1 box corn muffin mix
1 (15 oz) can creamed corn
1 (15 oz) can golden corn
1 stick butter, melted
1 (8 oz) carton sour cream 
1 egg

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Pour into a casserole that has been treated with cooking spray.  Cover and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 30 minutes.  Uncover and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer inserted removes cleanly.  Print Recipe


  1. That looks tasty and I'm so jealous that you and Amy had a dinner party. Wish I lived closer. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. Hah....Amy lives in North Dakota but her in-laws are our best friends so I get to see her whenever she visits. I wish you lived closer too, Cam.

    2. I think we all need to find a way to get together!

  2. Yeah, pretty sure I went back for thirds...and ate little Dude's portion - this was super delicious!

    1. So glad you liked it Amy. It was great spending time with you. Have fun at the wedding. I know you are going to rock it at your new job.

  3. I can see why your sister in law laughed when she shared the recipe...but it really sounds so awesome :-D

  4. How cool that you shared this and your hospitality with Amy. I always wonder what it would be like to have dinner with some of my blogger friends. This is almost a heirloom recipe that I remember from church pot lucks.

    1. I knew Amy before I started blogging, in fact she was a big help to me when I decided to start this blog. I have been lucky enough to meet Stacy of Food Lust People Love when she was in Michigan visiting a friend and Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla, when I was in California to visit my brother. Should you ever be in Michigan please let me know and perhaps we can hook up. I would love to have you join us for a meal.

  5. Wow, this is a simple recipe, I can see why she laughed. I bet it's fantastic though...sometimes simple is better!

  6. Oh, corn casserole is a favorite in my house - this looks wonderful! And those uncles need as many ways to use up corn as possible, so perfect inspiration. ;)


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