Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Corn Souffle - An Easy and Good Dish for the Holidays or Anytime

At Thanksgiving time or potluck time other times of the year, my wife Becky and I will often make something called Corn Souffle. It is very easy to make and it is delicious. It's been a part of Becky's family for many years.

I've been asked for the recipe often, including this year, so I am posting the recipe so that anyone can access it at any time.

One warning: it is not a diet dish! As my seminary literature professor, Peter Hawkins, might describe: it is "heartstoppingly" rich. I usually double the recipe for potlucks and dinner parties.

Corn Souffle


2 sticks of butter (melted then cooled)
2 eggs
1 cup sour cream
1 can corn (w/liquid) 11 oz. (we prefer the Green Giant White Shoepeg variety)
1 can creamed corn 15 oz.
1 box JIFFY corn muffin mix


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Beat egg and mix with both cans of corn. Add sour cream and cooled melted butter, mix together well.

Add muffin mix, mix together until well blended.

Pour into casserole dish and bake at 350 for approximately 1 hour until golden brown & not obviously runny.

My good friend Deborah Tom decided to make it at the last minute. She forgot to add the eggs and substituted cream cheese for the sour cream. She said it still turned out well.


Grace and aloha,


P. S. If I had to choose a quintessentially American food product, it would have to be corn. That is both a good and bad thing. Great things come from corn: popcorn, corn on the cob, even the best environmentally friendly picnic ware.

Corn also turns up in an incredibly high percentage of food products, especially sweetened foods. High fructose corn syrup shows up in almost anything sweet nowadays. There are big debates about the healthiness of high fructose corn syrup, and while I don't have the personal knowledge to make a judgment either way, it does give one pause at how ubiquitous it is. It's worth taking an inventory and understanding what we are ingesting into our bodies.

By the same token, it's also worth taking an inventory at what we are ingesting into our souls. We may be surprised at how much or how little we are receiving in terms of spiritual nourishment.

The season before Christmas that we are now in is called Advent. It means "coming," in other words, the coming of Christ. It has been traditionally set apart as a time for reflection and meditation on the meaning and significance of Jesus. The hustle and bustle of commercialized Christmas has basically taken that completely away from most.

This year...please carve out some time to reflect prayerfully and seriously. If "Jesus is the reason for the season," let's take some time to figure out exactly what that means.

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