This old-fashioned, dump-and-bake recipe has been around for a long time, with good reason: It’s delicious! It’s also a great way to use a vintage casserole dish, as it will work in any shaped dish (round, square, rectangular, oval) that holds about 2-3 quarts.
Note: If you don’t keep garlic salt around, make your own by mixing 1 part garlic powder with 3 parts salt.
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 14.75-oz cans cream style corn
1 4-oz can fire roasted diced green chiles
3/4 cup yellow corn meal
1 tsp garlic salt
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 13×9 or 8-inch square baking dish.
In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs. Stir in oil, corn, chiles, corn meal, garlic salt and 3/4 cup cheese. Pour into prepared pan, then top with remaining cheese and sprinkle with paprika.
Bake until set and lightly browned, about 30-45 minutes (depending on thickness/pan size).
Pictured: Fire King Green Meadow 8-inch square baking dish
This is my all-time favorite coffee cake: a simple white cake sturdy enough to hold plenty of crumbly brown sugar streusel. It comes from an old Betty Crocker recipe — when I was growing up, the 1969 edition of Betty Crocker’s Cookbook was my family’s go-to for a lot of baked goods. But over the years I’ve made a few changes — most importantly, I’ve always liked to double the streusel topping. It’s the best part! So here’s my take on updating the recipe with the “proper” amount of streusel.
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp butter, softened
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
3/4 cup milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 pan.
For the streusel: In a medium bowl, mix brown sugar, flour, cinnamon and butter, using a fork or pastry cutter to distribute the butter evenly. Set aside.
For the cake: In a large bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Add the shortening and blend with a pastry cutter until the mixture resembles coarse sand. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk and egg, then pour into the flour mixture. Stir until all the flour is incorporated.
Pour the batter into the baking pan and top with an even layer of streusel. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 25-35 minutes.
Pictured: Fire King Meadow Green Square Baking Dish, Pyrex Yellow 404 Round Mixing Bowl, Agee Pyrex Paisley Round Mixing Bowl, Hazel Atlas Egg Beater Cup
I try not to collect Fire King. Even though I love a lot of the patterns, it’s functionally the same as Pyrex — and I already have a lot of Pyrex. I don’t have the space to collect both!
Still, I’ve managed to accumulate a few pieces. In this case, I picked up the oval casserole lid first at Goodwill, thinking it would fit another dish I had (which turned out to be round, not oval — damn that memory of mine). As a result I was on the hunt for an oval casserole to match the lid. I ended up finding it in the Meadow Green pattern (along with an 8×8 baking dish) on Goodwill’s online auction site.
Fire King is also known for jadeite, a type of pale green milk glass tableware first produced in the 1940s, as well as peach lustre, a line of iridescent orange ovenware that came in a huge array of shapes and sizes. I also recently learned that Anchor Hocking, manufacturer of Fire King, briefly made a line of cookware similar to Corning Ware — so naturally I am dying to get my hands on some. I will be keeping my eyes peeled in the thrift stores!