This simple creamed corn will be an easy, delicious side dish for any dinner!
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Cold weather side dishes
My friends, I have such a simple side dish to share with you today, but it is one of my kids’ Thanksgiving favorites, and it isn’t just for the holidays! Creamed corn goes with everything from Thanksgiving turkey to roasted chicken after a fall hike, and a beef roast when that snow piles up in January.
Dairy AND gluten free creamed corn?!
Sounds impossible, but just a couple easy swaps and it can be done! Pick a non-dairy milk that you love, as well as a gluten free flour blend to thicken, and you can have that creamed corn you grew up with eating, and it won’t hurt your belly if you don’t tolerate gluten and dairy!
My frozen corn short-cut!
This game changer started years ago when it was near impossible to find organic/non-GMO corn anywhere where I live. Corn is usually one of those non-negotiables for me in the organic/non-GMO department since it is so heavily sprayed. Frozen organic corn is easier to find, and when you can get the big bags around Thanksgiving at Costco, it is super cost effective, too.
Let’s get this creamed corn started!
Start to finish, you’re only going to need about 15 minutes to make your creamed corn. Just chop some onion and garlic to cook in butter or olive oil until golden. That is all the chopping you’ll need to do for this dish!
A note about the flour for thickening
You can use any flour to thicken the sauce here, really. I use a gluten free flour blend, but if you tolerate gluten, einkorn or regular AP flour works too. Just toss the flour in the cooked onion and garlic and then add the frozen corn right in!
Thickening the creamed corn sauce
Once you coat the corn, onion, and garlic in the flour, slowly pour your milk or milk alternative into the pan. You’ll stir everything until the sauce thickens, just a few minutes!
Prep tips for Thanksgiving serving
If you’re serving your creamed corn with Thanksgiving dinner, you have a couple choices. This is a great day in advance, make ahead side dish! Just warm it up in a pot or slow cooker the day of. Alternatively, you can make the creamed corn up in the skillet while the turkey rests after cooking since it only takes about 15 minutes to make.
Simple Creamed Corn
- 2 tbsp butter to cook in olive oil, pastured lard, avocado oil will work too
- 1 small onion diced
- 2 cloves of garlic minced
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 4 cups frozen organic corn
- ¼ cup King Arthur Gluten Free Flour Blend Most GF Flour blends should work here, or you can use Einkorn/wheat flour if you tolerate gluten
- 1 ¾ cup coconut milk if you tolerate the dairy, you can use whole raw milk or cream
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast this gives a cheesy flavor and is optional. Parmesan cheese is also very good if you tolerate the cheese
- 1 tsp sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Warm a skillet over medium high heat. Add the butter to melt, and then add the onion. Saute the onion about 5-6 minutes until soft and golden.
- Add the garlic and red pepper flakes, stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the frozen corn and gluten free flour. Stir to combine and cook for 1 minute.
- Add the coconut milk, nutritional yeast, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine, and cook for 5 minutes or so until the sauce thickens.
- Bacon is also so good to add to this. Cook the bacon before everything else and cook the onions in the bacon grease Add the crispy bacon back in at the end.