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Monterey Corn Bake

I am happy to share this 50-year-old recipe with Reminisce readers. It came from my mother-in-law, who taught me how to cook. It is one of my family's favorite dishes, yielding enough for a group or cutting it in half to serve a few.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4-6 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn, thawed
  • 2 cups shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley


  • In a large skillet, saute onion in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Add the mushrooms, red pepper, salt and pepper; cook and stir for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • In a greased 2-qt. baking dish, layer half of the corn, mushroom mixture, cheese and brown sugar; repeat layers.
  • Melt the remaining butter; toss with bread crumbs and parsley. Sprinkle over casserole.
  • Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 359 calories, 22g fat (15g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 624mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 13g protein.

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  • LittleMissDoughGirl
    Sep 20, 2015

    No comment left

  • Jennamay
    Oct 2, 2011

    We added a rotisserie chicken breast, cubed, to the layers. This made four 2 cup main dish servings. If we served it to guests, we would definitely double it.

  • ann60
    Jul 8, 2011

    Although I enjoyed the recipe, my guests that I served it to didn't say anything about it. I would make it again, but probably not for a party.

  • maxowner
    Jun 27, 2011

    Loved the mixture of tastes and texture. To the individual who was confused about the brown sugar - recipe says to layer half of the ingredients, meaning you put 1 tsp. of brown sugar on each of the two layers.

  • kimbucky1
    Jun 27, 2011

    I'm confused about what to do with the brown sugar. The recipe only calls for 2 teaspoons, so it doesn't make sense to me that it would be layered with the cheese. Any corrections?

  • JessT2003
    Apr 13, 2011

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  • ajah54
    Oct 28, 2010

    It was good but needed chicken or something on the side. this is more for side dish