Ode to Indiana: Creamed Corn

As a nod to Elkhart County, Indiana, known for top-ranking corn production and home of Caring for Hoosiers, nestled in the heart of America where traditions and flavors intertwine. Today, we embark on a culinary journey, celebrating one of Indiana’s most cherished dishes; creamed corn. Join us as we explore the humble origins, the irresistible charm, and the rich heritage that make creamed corn a truly iconic delight.

A Taste of Tradition: Elkhart County, where our Caring for Hoosiers branch serves, is a place that cherishes its heritage, and nothing embodies this more than its love for creamed corn. This simple yet hearty dish has been passed down through generations, becoming a staple on family dinner tables, community potlucks, and local events. The recipe may vary slightly from household to household, but the essence remains the same: fresh corn kernels lovingly cooked and combined with a creamy, velvety sauce that delights the palate.

This savory treat extends far beyond just a dish. It serves as a unifying force, bringing together the community in joyous celebration. Whether at summer festivals, local fairs, or family gatherings, the aroma of buttery corn wafts through the air, inviting laughter and conversation. Each spoonful sparks memories, kindles conversations, and fosters a sense of belonging. In Elkhart, creamed corn is more than food, it’s an expression of togetherness.

Elkhart’s creamed corn carries the legacy of hardworking farmers, the love and dedication of families, and the spirit of togetherness that defines this remarkable place. The corn harvested by these farmers is not just a commodity; it represents their passion and dedication. Each ear of corn is carefully nurtured and selected for its quality, ensuring that only the best kernels make their way into creamed corn. The farmers take great pride in their work, knowing that the corn they grow will be transformed into a beloved culinary delight that carries the essence of their labor.

While this dish is undeniably delicious on its own, its versatility knows no bounds. Chefs and home cooks alike have embraced its potential, using it as a base for delectable creations. From incorporating it into casseroles and soups to pairing it with grilled meats, creamed corn lends its creamy sweetness to a multitude of dishes, proving that its charm extends far beyond the cornfields.

Taking a deeper look at the culinary dishes of this region gives us a newfound appreciation for Elkhart County’s creamed corn and the mid-western farming culture it represents. The rich history and traditions rooted in the heartland of America are embodied in every kernel of corn grown and every spoonful of creamed corn savored. This humble yet iconic dish serves as a reminder of the hardworking farmers who cultivate the land and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of local food culture. It symbolizes the connection between nature and nourishment, reminding us of the importance and beauty of simple, wholesome ingredients. Give this simple recipe a try, experience the sweet and delicate flavors of Elkhart County’s creamed corn, and take a moment to appreciate the remarkable culinary legacy of this region.


Recipe, Ingredient List | Instructions:


  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen corn kernels, thawed

  • 1 cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1⁄2 cup whole milk

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1⁄4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, or more to taste


  1. Combine corn ,heavy cream, sugar, butter, salt, and pepper in a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until butter has melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, whisk together milk and flour in a small bowl until smooth.

  3. Add milk mixture to the skillet and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until

    sauce is thickened, and corn is cooked through, about 4 minutes.

4. Remove from the heat and stir in Parmesan cheese until melted. Serve hot.