Dive into a creamy bowl of goodness featuring frozen corn, luscious cream cheese, butter, a splash of milk, a hint of sugar, and the gooey meltiness of American cheese. Perfect for the chilly evenings and holiday dinners!
When I was a kid, holidays at our home were chaotic. Aunts, uncles, cousins – the whole shebang. While most folks remember the turkey or the prime rib from their holiday feasts, for me, it was the sides that stole the show. I fondly remember Aunt Mable’s secret weapon: her Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn. Oh, the tales this dish could tell! It witnessed laughter, inevitable family squabbles, and joy. It was this comforting bowl of cheesy corn that brought everyone together around the table, distracting from the burnt pie or the overcooked sprouts. Now, with Aunt Mable’s blessings (and a bit of persuasion), I’m sharing the family’s star dish with you. Prepare for it to be the main gossip of your next holiday gathering!
Why You’ll Love Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn
First, convenience is the name of the game with our Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn. Just toss all the ingredients into the slow cooker and let magic happen. No more hustling with multiple pots and pans during the holiday cooking frenzy. Secondly, the combination of cream cheese and American cheese gives this dish a decadence that is truly irresistible. Plus, this isn’t just a ‘holiday-only’ dish. Need a comforting side on a chilly evening? This corn has got your back!
Ingredients Notes For Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn:
Let’s talk corn! For this recipe, frozen corn is your trusty friend, providing consistency and ease. If you’re looking to go fancy, try finding a sweet or bicolor variety. Cream cheese is the cornerstone of this dish, so it’s essential to let it soften for that creamy texture. American cheese brings that nostalgic, ooey-gooey factor but feel free to experiment with others (more on that later). Lastly, that sugar? Don’t skip it! It subtly amplifies the corn’s natural sweetness.
How To Make Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn:
Step 1: First things first, grab your 4- or 5-quart slow cooker. Ensure it’s clean and dry because we’re about to cook up a storm.
Step 2: Gently combine your star ingredients: frozen corn, softened cream cheese, those adorable butter cubes, water, milk, sugar, and American cheese pieces. Remember, no rough mixing! We’re aiming for love and unity, not a food fight.
Step 3: After the heartfelt mixing, cover your slow cooker. Patience is vital here. Set it to low heat. Let the ingredients mingle, dance, and marry for about 3-4 hours.
Step 4: Peek in and give it a gentle stir once in a while. By the end, you should be greeted with a creamy, cheesy, and utterly dreamy corn dish.
Step 5: Serve it hot! Revel in the accolades, and maybe don’t mention how easy it was.
Leftovers? Lucky you! Once cooled, transfer the creamy cheesy corn into an airtight container. It will happily chill in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. When you’re ready for round two, reheat it on the stove or in the microwave, adding a splash of milk to bring back its creamy glory.
Variations and Substitutions:
For the cheese adventurers: swap American cheese with Monterey Jack, Pepper Jack, or even cheddar for a different flavor profile. Feeling spicy? Add some diced jalapeños or a dash of cayenne. If you want a lighter version, you can cut down on the sugar or use a milk alternative. Fresh corn is a summer blessing; if it’s in season, feel free to use it instead of frozen. Remember, Aunt Mable’s recipe is just the beginning; let your culinary creativity shine!
Slow Cooker Creamy Cheesy Corn
- 9-1/2 cups 48 ounces of frozen corn kernels
- 11 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1/4 cup of cubed unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons of water
- 3 tablespoons of 2% milk
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
- 6 slices of American cheese finely divided
- Acquire a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker. Ensure it is thoroughly cleaned and devoid of any moisture.
- Combine frozen corn kernels, softened cream cheese, cubed unsalted butter, water, 2% milk, granulated sugar, and finely divided American cheese in the aforementioned slow cooker.
- Cover the slow cooker securely with its lid.
- Set the slow cooker to a low heat setting.
- Allow the ingredients to cook undisturbed for approximately 3-4 hours, ensuring even heat distribution and consistent cooking.
- Periodically, gently mix the ingredients to ensure homogeneity in texture and flavor.
- Once thoroughly heated and the cheese is fully melted, the dish is ready to be served.