Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Low Country Boil & Corn Casserole

Food in the South (yes, I capitalized it!) is different.  It just is.  Especially here in the Coastal Empire!

Tonight, we bid a fond farewell to DW, who is relocating to Texas with her hubby SW (another dear friend!).  But even though the party was in her honor, that did not deter her from serving up a huge batch of Low Country Boil!  I think it's the official dish of Savannah...  Since I knew the party would have a Southern main dish, I decided to make some corn casserole, which I first ate when my Aunt SR made it for Mother's Day.  (Check out the recipe at the end of this entry!)  It was incredibly easy, and tasted great.  I made it the way Paula Deen does for her restaurant here in Savannah, so I figured I couldn't go wrong... and DW loves Paula Deen!

My cupcake tower!
I also made some milk-chocolate cupcakes, with buttercream icing.  To decorate, I piped the icing on, added mini-chocolate chips, and added a little chocolate heart.  The hearts I piped onto wax paper, and let them harden in the fridge.  I think they were pretty cute!

Everyone pitched in and we all ate a ton and had fun, especially with all the adorable little kids running around at the party.  Definitely a nice, relaxing way to spend an evening, and to honor a great friend.

We'll miss you so much, DW!!!
DW and Me!

This is all you need, plus sour cream!

1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.

Before it hits the oven...
After...  DELISH!

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