Hominy Au Gratin Casserole

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This Hominy Au Gratin casserole recipe is easy to make and super creamy. Hominy Au Gratin is an old-fashioned southern staple that is a tasty and filling cheese and bacon-topped side dish. Comfort food at its best.

Serve this casserole with pork, chicken, and beef. You can replace any potato or vegetable side dish that you normally make.

 Hominy Au Gratin casserole

Hominy Au Gratin casserole

Have you had Hominy Au Gratin before? Have you eaten hominy? Do you know what hominy is?

I have always loved hominy, and this hominy au gratin casserole is no exception. It’s creamy, cheesy, and flavorful.

 Hominy Au Gratin casserole

What is hominy?

Hominy is corn. To make hominy, field corn or maize is dried. It is then treated by soaking and cooking the mature, hard grain (versus fresh, soft corn) in a dilute solution of either lye, slaked lime, which is calcium hydroxide, or wood ash. This process is termed nixtamalization. The soaked maize loosens the hulls from the kernels and softens the kernels themselves. The process causes the kernels to double in size. It is then either left whole for hominy or ground into masa, used for tortillas and tamales, among other things.

A Casserole with bacon.

Hominy Au Gratin

I made a béchamel base for this casserole and added cheddar cheese. Béchamel is a “white sauce” made with milk, butter, and flour.

This recipe is very similar to macaroni and cheese. Although the hominy provides a different texture than pasta, it has many of the same flavors.

Most noteworthy, Béchamel sauce is the mother, or base, sauce of many other classic sauces with the addition of a few more ingredients, including:

  • Mornay sauce, which is a cheese sauce
  • Nantua sauce is a crayfish, butter, and cream
  • Crème sauce uses heavy cream
  • Cheddar cheese sauce contains cheddar cheese, dry mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
A Casserole with bacon.

Hominy Au Gratin

I’ve made this recipe for years and recently decided to top it with bacon. Consequently, bacon does make everything better. I didn’t think it was possible this casserole was better, but bacon does it. Of course, you can omit the bacon if you so desire. I cooked and crumbled bacon which does take a few minutes to cook. However, for an easy bacon addition, you may want to use bacon bits, which you put on salads. They are good and save a lot of cooking time.

Another suggestion, I don’t recommend using pre-shredded cheese, it is coated with cornstarch to prevent it from sticking together.

Also, to make this a main dish meal, simply stir in 1 cup of cooked, shredded, or cubed chicken.

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Hominy Au Gratin casserole

Hominy Au Gratin

Hominy Au Gratin is a cheese based sauce with hominy, pimento, seasoning, and bacon. It’s a tasty, easy, unique side dish recipe.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
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Ingredients

  • 2 ( 14-ounce cans) hominy drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 and ½ cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 and ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 ounces chopped pimentos
  • ⅓ to ½ cup bacon bits

Instructions

  • Drain hominy.
  • Cook bacon and crumble if you are not using precooked bacon bits.
  • Melt butter in a large saucepan.
  • Add flour, whisk and cook 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in milk and simmer 2 minutes
  • Add salt, pepper, and onion powder. Whisk to combine.
  • Add 1 cup cheese and stir until it melts.
  • Stir in pimento and hominy.
  • Pour into an oven-safe casserole dish. (An 8×8, 9×9, or 8×12 inch dish works best.)
  • Top with additional 1/2 cup cheese and cooked, crumbled bacon.
  • Bake at 350°F degrees until bubbly and cheese is melted approximately 25 to 30 minutes.
  • *Tip I always like to place my casserole dish on a baking pan with at least a 1 inch side in case the casserole cooks over.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 606IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 216mg | Iron: 1mg
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10 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! So delicious. Very surprised, creamy with lots of flavor. The hominy makes it taste like your eating a tamale casserole. This is a keeper recipe, a little different spin on meat and potatoes too.

    1. If it were 350 Celsius the equivalent would be 662 degrees Fahrenheit. I seriously doubt that anyone would cook anything at that temperature or would have an oven that could reach that temperature. So to answer your question, I would ASSUME that 350F is the correct assumption.

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