A creamy corn pudding recipe is the ultimate comfort food. A custardy pudding with toasted cornbread added for your new favorite side dish. A must for Thanksgiving, Easter or a potluck but also should be enjoyed as a side for any meal.
Corn Bread Pudding: The ultimate comfort food
Corn pudding is one of my favorite vegetable casseroles reserved for special occasions like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. It’s the ultimate Southern comfort food and can always be found at any Southern Thanksgiving table, it’s just not Thanksgiving without it.
At our house when there’s just the four of us, we each get to pick a side for Thanksgiving, and mine is always corn pudding either this version or a more traditional corn pudding recipe. So for dinner, I experimented with a new corn pudding recipe with cornbread and boy was it a hit. I’ve made it several times since and everyone begs for the left-overs.
What makes this different from traditional homemade corn pudding is toasting cubes of cornbread first and adding them to your mixture of cream, eggs and corn. It’s a cross between bread pudding and corn pudding. It has a completely different texture than a cheesy corn casserole, which has not eggs at all.
Why you’ll love this Corn Bread Pudding Recipe
- Corn pudding is a Southern classic for good reason
- It’s important to have a comfort food that will compliment your traditional ham or turkey and this dish fits the criteria
- The recipe makes a large portion which is great if you’re feeding a crowd and it freezes and reheats without affecting the texture.
- If you enjoy making cornbread for your family, you can make a double batch. Enjoy one to go along with a bowl of chili and then freeze the second until you’re ready to make this side dish recipe.
Cornbread Pudding Recipe ingredients
- Cornbread – I generally buy it pre-made from the grocery but you can make your own. My favorite is Browned Butter Cornbread, just leave out the corn. Have it prepared and cooled. You will need 6 cups.
- Corn – fresh is best but if you don’t have it available, which I don’t in November, frozen will work. Don’t use canned corn or creamed corn.
- Cheese – cheddar and parmesan cheese are the perfect finishing touches to this dish
- Pantry staples – cream, milk, butter, eggs, and sugar.
Now you can see why it is so delicious!
How to make Cornbread Pudding
Cut the prepared cornbread into cubes and toast them in the oven for about 20 minutes until all sides are golden brown.
Sauté the corn in a skillet until tender, about 5 minutes.
Whisk together cream, milk, eggs and sugar.
Combine the toasted cornbread and cooked corn in a casserole dish and pour the custard over the cornbread mixture and if you want, you can top with grated cheese. I like it both ways. Sometimes I go half and half to please my non cheese lovers.
Bake for 40-45 minutes until the custard is set and the top is golden.
You still get the custard you expect from creamy corn pudding but with a flavor boost from the toasted cornbread.
Cornbread Pudding Casserole tips
- To form the creamy custard you need cream and whole milk, you could get by with half-and half- but anything less, and you won’t get the custard texture.
- To save time, purchase cornbread or cornbread muffins, homemade cornbread isn’t needed for this recipe.
- If you’re using a deep casserole dish, it will take longer for the custard to set, so choose a 9 x 13 or something similar rather than a deep baking dish.
- You can toast the cornbread ahead of time but the rest you will need to assemble right before baking so the cornbread doesn’t dissolve.
How to store Corn Bread Pudding
Does Corn Casserole need to be refrigerated?
Since cornbread casserole is custard based, it will need to be refrigerated. It is best reheated in the oven but you can also use a microwave.
Can you freeze corn pudding?
You might be surprised to know that you can freeze corn pudding after it has baked and reheat covered with aluminum foil in the oven. Just let it cool first and freeze in an airtight container.
What to serve with this Corn Bread Pudding Recipe
Of course you shouldn’t save this just for Thanksgiving, it’s a great side to serve for any gathering. Try serving it with Steak Marsala, or with Mustard Drumsticks with Peach Glaze. It’s also great with Slow Cooker Ribs or Carnitas.
Cornbread Pudding Recipe FAQs
Can you make Corn Pudding ahead of time?
You can assemble this a few hours before baking, but if you assemble it the night before the cornbread will become mush. To reduce the amount of steps, toast the cornbread the day ahead of time and just assemble before baking.
Does corn pudding need to be served right away?
Corn pudding does not need to be served piping hot, it should sit for a few minutes before serving and is delicious warm.
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What to serve for Thanksgiving with corn pudding
Cornbread Pudding Casserole
- 1 batch cornbread cooked and cooled; about 6 cups.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 3 ½ cups corn fresh if possible; about 4 cobs
- 10 eggs
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 cups cheddar cheese grated (optional)
- ½ cup parmesan cheese grated (optional)
- course salt
- Preheat oven to 375º.
- Cut cornbread into 1 ½ inch cubes and arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast until browned and crisp, turning occasional to brown all sides, about 20 minutes.
- In a medium sauce pan, add butter, corn, salt and pepper and saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, and sugar.
- Combine toasted cornbread and corn and place into a large casserole dish. Pour the custard over the cornbread mixture and top with grated cheese or leave it off.
- Bake until the custard sets and the top browns, about 40-45 minutes. Let sit for a few minutes before serving or serve at room temperature.
Barbara’s Tips + Notes
- You will need about 6 cups of corn bread.
- If you can’t find fresh corn, frozen will work.
- Don’t make this the night before, the cornbread will get mushy.
- You can toast the cornbread a day ahead and assemble before baking.
- Adding cheese to the top is totally optional.