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Paula Deen Corn Casserole Revised – Low Carb Edition

Updated on February 12, 2014
Paula Deen Corn Casserole Low Carb Edition
Paula Deen Corn Casserole Low Carb Edition

Paula Deen Corn Casserole has been served at many dinner tables. No denying that. And like with many traditional Southern recipes, her casserole recipe contains flour, butter and sour cream. In our health conscious diet crazed world, this recipe violates many dietary restrictions with “High Carbohydrates” being right at the top of the list. Do not misunderstand us. We love this recipe but we needed a low carb version.


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Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 40 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 bag (16 oz) Frozen Whole Kernel Corn
  • 1 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 4 ounces Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 pound Bacon, (cooked)
  • 1 Red bell pepper, (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp Butter, (melted)
  • 8 ounces Cheddar Cheese, (shredded)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Cook the bacon. Extra crispy is better. Drain the fat and set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine yogurt, cream cheese, melted butter and ½ of the chopped bell pepper. Mix into a consistent texture.
  4. Add the corn. Mix until the corn is well coated. Tip: Break the corn up in the bag before adding to mixture.
  5. Spread half of the corn mixture into a 9 x 13 lightly greased baking dish.
  6. Break crispy bacon into 1 inch pieces. Place on top of corn.
  7. Add a layer of shredded cheddar cheese. Save some cheese for the top.
  8. Spread the rest of the corn mixture in the baking dish.
  9. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven.
  10. Top with the remaining cheddar cheese and chopped red peppers.
  11. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes or until golden brown on the edges.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
Side by Side View - Carl Dunn © 2014
Side by Side View - Carl Dunn © 2014

Carb Ratings

Ingredient
Original Recipe
Low Carb Recipe
Corn
30 g
20 g
Corn Muffin Mix
8 g
N/A
Cream Cheese
4 g
2 g
Butter
0 g
0 g
Shredded Cheese
1 g
1 g
Bacon
N/A
0 g
Greek Yogurt
N/A
0 g
Sour Cream
1 g
(optional)
Red Bell Pepper
N/A
0 g
Totals
44 g
23 g

Carb Results

We reduced the carbs by almost 50%. Unfortunately, the corn is high in carbohydrates and there is no substituting this ingredient. By nature, the recipe is a celebration of corn. In the article, “Good Carbs vs. Bad Carbs”, Dr Oz suggests that carbohydrates from fresh vegetables are actually beneficial to your health.

Keeping The Southern Style

We love Southern cooking and we did not want to lose that Southern style in our recipe. We were worried the omission of the corn muffin mix would make this “just another corn casserole” recipe. However, adding the bacon and bell pepper did the trick. Southern style with 50% less carbs.

Bacon adds the Southern Style - Carl Dunn © 2014
Bacon adds the Southern Style - Carl Dunn © 2014

Delicious Options

The further you stray from the original Paula Deen Corn Casserole recipe, the further you stray from Southern cooking. But we have found a few ingredients that work well in this recipe.

  1. Greek Yogurt Cheese. What can we say? Greek Yogurt cheese is a “foodie” dream. The cheese contains one third the fat, no lactose and still retains a delicious flavor. Yes, you will pay more. Yes, it is hard to find. But the health benefits from Greek Yogurt cheese are music to health conscious cooking ears.
  2. Tomatoes. We always explore using tomatoes in our recipes. We created a tray of Paula Deen Corn Casserole with petite cut fresh tomatoes and struck gold. Southern style and healthy tomatoes.
  3. Lemons. Do not underestimate the flavor boost from using a touch of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a little lemon zest sprinkled in the casserole. Yummy good.
    Tip: No more than 1 lemon per tray.
  4. Crushed Red Peppers. Let’s face it. Corn casserole is not the most exciting recipe. Crushed red peppers will give this recipe a little zing for the more adventurous eaters.

Conclusion

Corn casserole is a great side dish for any meal. It goes well with many traditional Southern meals like meatloaf, chicken, and pork chops. Your family will love the creamy baked corn. You will love extra health benefits. Don’t serve some plain old corn when you can easily make low carb Paula Deen Corn Casserole. Cook well, eat well, live well.

Paula Deen Corn Casserole Video

Paula Deen Recipe Tribute

As a relative newcomer to the cooking world, I decided to try my hand at Paula Deen recipes. I love the simplicity behind most of her dishes. The recipes are easy to make and end up tasting very good. Trust me. I have followed many recipes with disastrous results. Recent controversy aside, Paula is a grand ol Southern lady. I am proud of the heritage of great recipes she continues to deliver. Here are a few of my other Paula Deen undertakings:

  • PD Deviled Eggs
  • PD Chicken Pot Pie (Hubpage Article)
  • PD Meatloaf
  • PD Peach Cobbler
  • PD Pumpkin Bars
  • PD Baked Spaghetti

As time goes on, I will be publishing more articles.

© 2014 Robert Loescher

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      Robert Loescher 2 years ago from Michigan

      One of my favorite flavor boosters in any recipe is lemon juice. Whether it is fresh or from a bottle, lemon juice adds a great twist to any recipe. Of course, fresh lemon juice and lemon zest will add more flavor.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      This sounds very good and I am watching my carb intake.

      Unfortunately, the corn here in Brazil where I live, isn't great. I have tried so many different brands. It almost tastes like it is animal feed.

      Maybe this is the recipe I need to mask the taste of it.

      I look forward to giving this a try.

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      Linda Lum 3 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Robert - Although reducing carbs seems like the right path to take, I cringe a bit at the thought of 1/2 pound of bacon in anything. Fat and sodium are also things we need to consider in our daily intake.

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