A Cozy Thanksgiving: Cornbread Casserole with Vermont Cheddar; a Sweet, Savory and Buttery Bite

Cornbread Casserole | thecozyapron.com

I really love when something hot, savory and sweet oh-so-gently melts away on my tongue after I take a little bite of it.

There’s a certain warmth to a rich and buttery dish, a particular comforting coziness that just seems to wrap itself around my entire being and hug me tight. And that’s a pretty magical thing, I think.

Isn’t food a good friend sometimes?

The combination of savory and mildly sweet is a combination that can be just the right amount of “complex” without being overwhelming; and it’s a perfect side dish for a special occasion such as a Thanksgiving meal where earthy ingredients like corn, sharp cheddar and chives come together to form a pillowy, soft bite in the way of a simple casserole.

And what a scrumptious little scoop of love this puffy casserole is, right in the midst of the mashed potatoes, the turkey, the Grand Marnier-Spiked Cranberry & Pear Compote and the Savory French Green Been Casserole. Mmm, mmm…! I’ll take a helping or two of that, please!

Cornbread Casserole | thecozyapron.com

Cornbread Casserole | thecozyapron.com

During a Thanksgiving Day meal last year, my husband and I tasted a hot, slightly creamy, light and airy corn casserole that we both fell in love with. It was just the right amount of sweet from the corn, yet had a slight saltiness that complimented it, too.

And while I don’t remember what was in that casserole exactly, I do remember the consistency and the buttery flavor of the “souffle-like” dish. It was delicious, and the perfect accompaniment to the T-Day meal as a whole.

And so I was inspired to create something similar for our table this year, something with that slightly-creamy consistency and in the spirit of that divinely comforting dish, and this Sweet Autumn Cornbread Casserole with Vermont Cheddar is what I put together.

Moist, homemade cornbread, sharp Vermont white cheddar, fresh seasonal corn cut straight from the cob, plus the herby and green pop of fresh chives added to the mix.

Spoonable, warm and inviting, this casserole will be one of my favorite perfectly puffy bites to take this Thanksgiving holiday, no question.

Cornbread Casserole | thecozyapron.com

Cornbread Casserole | thecozyapron.com

Who doesn’t love the warm companionship of a flavorful and sweetly-savory bite of homemade food?

Thanksgiving is the perfect occasion for gratitude for the bounty of treats and dishes that we lovingly prepare in our homes from scratch, for the specific purpose of sharing our love and our hearts with others.

Sure, Sweet Autumn Cornbread Casserole with Vermont Cheddar is just one special little side dish among many that will surely be enjoyed this year for that special Thanksgiving meal, but it’ll be one that will dissipate ever-so slowly and delicately on the tongue in one perfectly tempting bite after another.

Taste what’s good and pass it on.


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  • Katherine {eggton} November 28, 2013, 5:36 pm

    I just made this for Thanksgiving and it was awesome! I used your cornbread recipe, too, and it was good in its own right. It made exactly 2 lbs, which was convenient. After dinner, I saw that I had left the bowl with all the seasoning on the counter. Salt, pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning–I forgot to add it. And it still came out great. I substituted green onions for the chives (way cheaper) and added some jalapeno (couldn’t even feel a kick from it) and it was fantastic.

    • The Cozy Apron November 29, 2013, 11:25 am

      Hey Katherine! So happy that you gave this recipe a try, with the homemade corn bread and all! And the green onion substitution was perfect – it probably helped add a little kick of flavor since you “omitted” some of the other seasonings! :-) Thanks so much for sharing!

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