This cornbread casserole is easy, tasty and perfect for large holiday gatherings
The holidays are a big deal for Friendswood’s Katie Frausto, her extended family and friends. For Thanksgiving dinner, there are regularly 50 guests and for Christmas it isn’t unusual for 70 people to attend.
“It started with my grandparents and then my parents took it over,” Frausto said. “All our extended family comes, but we also have all the people who are orphans for the holidays, people who have nowhere else to go.”
For Thanksgiving, her parents cook two turkeys, one roasted and one deep-fried, and all family members are responsible for bringing a side.
“My great aunt always brought this delicious cornbread casserole that was almost like a pudding,” Frausto said. “I really liked it, so decided that it would be my inspiration when it became my turn to bring a side.”
It’s the combination of creamed corn and sweet corn that makes her cornbread memorable and the crispy golden brown corners are her personal favorite, she said. With so many mouths to feed, she normally makes two pans of the casserole for her family Thanksgiving.
But it doesn’t end there as Frausto makes another pan for her husband Toby’s family Thanksgiving meal held earlier on the same day.
“The first time I took it, no one would try it, but then his sister took some,” she said. “They all thought it was pretty good. The following year, they actually requested that I make it.”
A week before Thanksgiving, Frausto and her husband also hold their own “Friendsgiving,” a potluck feast for their friends, and, of course, she makes a pan of cornbread for that meal, too.
“I love the holidays as my parents always made them so special,” she said. “I really want to pass on that love to our daughter June and make our own traditions, too.”
Frausto is from League City and has a busy life as a mom and independent hairstylist. The popularity and ease of her cornbread casserole are the two reasons she loves to make it for family celebrations.
“You can make it the day before if you want, but it is best eaten fresh and it is so easy to make you can do it that morning,” she said.
Whether it’s celebrating with friends or family, holiday meals are all about enjoying good food and good company, she said.
“For our traditional family Thanksgiving, we hire tables and put out tablecloths, but we have disposable plates and utensils and the drinks are in coolers,” she said. “We’re not fancy. It’s casual and fun for everyone. It’s a big, ole family party.”
Katie Frausto’s Thanksgiving Cornbread Casserole
1 can creamed corn
1 can sweet corn, drained
1 cup sour cream
1 stick of butter, melted
1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
Pour in greased 9-inch-by-13-inch baking dish and bake for 40 minutes or until edges of casserole are golden brown.
Optional: Add 1 small can of diced jalapeños, drained, for a kick.