Just like grandma didn’t make: corn casserole  »

When I was but a wee college vegetarian first learning my way around the pots and the pans, my grandmother—doll that she is—sent me an enormous catalog of recipes she used to make with food from the commissary when she was cooking for my mother and her siblings. Sadly, I have somewhat ignored those three-by-five cards in the wake of receiving Veganomicon. But it’s time to bring them back.

This is the inaugural post of a monthly series focused on veganizing these old-fashioned recipes. We begin with corn casserole.

The original recipe calls for the following non-vegan items: sour cream, cheddar cheese, butter, and Jiffy corn muffin mix. “What’s the deal with Jiffy?” you ask. Good question: It seems like cornbread mix, of all things, especially considering it requires added milk and eggs to make it, might be vegan. Bad news: Fuckin’ Jiffy uses “animal shortening.” THAT IS CODE FOR LARD, Y’ALL.

So here’s my grandma’s super-easy, super-yummy veganized corn casserole recipe. But please don’t tell her I did this!

Corn Casserole
makes an 8x8” pan

1 stick dairy-free margarine, melted (I used Earth Balance)
1 can creamed corn*
1 can corn, regular-style
1 7-to-8-oz. package vegan cornbread mix (I used Glory Foods)
1 cup vegan sour cream
1 cup shredded vegan cheddar cheese (I used Daiya)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8x8” baking pan.

In a large bowl, stir together margarine, both corns, cornbread mix, and vegan sour cream until smooth. Pour into pan, and bake for 40 minutes. Sprinkle vegan cheese on top, and bake for 10 more minutes. Let it cool for a while before cutting into squares and serving; otherwise, you’ll just end up with a formless yellow blob on your plate.

Tex-Mex corn casserole: Add a chopped, seeded jalapeno and a tablespoon of chili powder to the mix before baking.
Greek corn casserole: Add 1 cup chopped kalamata olives to the mix prior to baking. Sprinkle the top with tofu feta instead of cheddar.

Can you come up with any other variations?

*A can of creamed corn contains no actual cream.

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