Grandma Powell’s Iowa Casserole

I prompted my Grandma, who lives in Iowa, for a recipe called “Iowa Surprise.” However, she returned with a delicious, simple, very Iowan casserole recipe. I was definitely game to try it! I had most ingredients and the others I needed to buy only cost me $5. What a deal for a full casserole that is plenty to fill both of us! I made a few alterations, some by mistake and some on purpose. Big Note: I made half of this vegetarian for me, and half with meat.  Check it out and enjoy.

The Powell Family at our last can find Grandma Powell sitting front and center

The Powell Family at our last reunion…you can find Grandma Powell sitting front and center

  • Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50-75 minutes


  • 1#bulk pork sausage
  • 1 cup cheese [only for vegetarian edition]
  • 1 (16oz.) can cream-style corn
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup panko [I used panko instead of said recipe’s bread crumbs because all the others had high fructose corn syrup in it]
  • 1 cup 1% milk
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • red pepper


  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
  • Okay so I think I got this part wrong, but what I did is get raw pork sausage and just browned it, when I think I was supposed to get already-cooked pork sausage. Either cook the pork sausage, or start putting the cooked sausage in large mixing bowl[Note: If you’re doing the vegetarian step, ignore the meat and put 1 cup shredded cheese in, instead]

ground beef

  • Chop 1/2 white onion into finely diced pieces and throw them in with the meat.
  • Combine the salt + pepper, canned corn, panko bread crumbs, milk and eggs into the large bowl
  • Put mixture into casserole dish
half veggie/half meat. Doesn't look too appetizing at this point

half veggie/half meat. Doesn’t look too appetizing at this point

  • Cut the red pepper into rings and place upon half the casserole. At the same time, smear the ketchup across the other half

casserole rdy

  • Put into oven! Mine took about 65 minutes, just keep an eye on it after 50 minutes and test it for sturdiness
Hot n ready

Hot n ready

It was very filling and very enjoyable, and we have leftovers for tomorrow too! Thank you, Grandma!! Hopefully next she will send me her pie recipes…probably wishful thinking.


Sniper shot of Sajah asleep

Sniper shot of Sajah asleep

3 Responses to "Grandma Powell’s Iowa Casserole"

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  1. Ren

    March 13, 2013 at 4:02 am

    That looks delicious *-*

    • hungryandfit

      March 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

      🙂 Try it out!

      • Ren

        March 26, 2013 at 4:40 am

        i will 😀