By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Dec 15, 2017 at 3:03 PM Photography:

Want to pull out all the stops this holiday? Some of Milwaukee's most talented chefs have shared their favorite holiday side dish recipes with us. So, throughout the month of December, we'll share their takes on holiday-worthy fare.

Chef Justin Carlisle of Ardent says that his aunt's scalloped corn is one of his favorite holiday dishes.

"This recipe came from my aunt Mary. It is my favorite side dish for the holiday season. No one ever makes it as good as she does.

"I remember going to my mother's side of the family when we were little, and Aunt Mary was always such a fun outgoing woman, always dressed better than everyone, someone who could hold her own with the whole family. I was intimidated by her as a young boy; but, as she served me this the first time, she introduced herself to me. A warmth and loving part came out of her and we have been very close ever since. She is my favorite, just like her dish."

Scalloped Corn

2 15-ounce cans corn, drained
1 15-ounce can creamed corn
1 diced bell pepper
1/4 cup minced onion
2 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 cup sour cream
1 box Jiffy cornbread mix
salt and pepper, to taste
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and stir together. Pour into an 8x8 or 9x9 dish and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the center is set and a knife inserted in the middle comes out nearly clean.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.