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Cream Corn: A Southern Comfort Classic

Hey y’all! If you’re looking to add a touch of Southern comfort to your next family gathering, look no further than this rich, creamy, and oh-so-delicious Cream Corn with Bacon. This recipe brings together the sweetness of corn, the richness of cream cheese, and the irresistible flavor of crispy bacon. It’s a dish that will have everyone coming back for seconds, and maybe even thirds! Whether you’re hosting a holiday feast, a backyard barbecue, or just a cozy dinner at home, this Cream Corn is the perfect side dish to elevate any meal.

This Cream Corn with Bacon is a must-make for several reasons. First, it’s incredibly easy to prepare—just a few simple ingredients and minimal prep time, and you have a side dish that tastes like it took hours to make. Second, the combination of creamy, cheesy goodness with the savory crunch of bacon makes for a mouthwatering treat that pairs well with a variety of main dishes. Lastly, it’s a versatile recipe that can be adapted to suit your taste preferences and dietary needs. Once you try this dish, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

Ingredients

  • 32 ounces frozen corn
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (be careful not to over salt)
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide to Preparing Cream Corn with Bacon

  1. Prepare Your Ingredients: Start by gathering all your ingredients. Make sure the cream cheese is cut into 1″ cubes, the bacon is cooked and crumbled, and the frozen corn is ready to go.
  2. Combine Ingredients: In a large skillet or pan, combine the frozen corn, cream cheese cubes, heavy cream, butter, sugar, black pepper, and kosher salt.
  3. Cook Over Medium Heat: Place the skillet over medium heat. Stir the ingredients occasionally to ensure the cream cheese melts evenly and combines with the other ingredients. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add Bacon: Once the cream cheese is fully melted and the mixture is smooth, stir in the crumbled bacon. Mix well to distribute the bacon evenly throughout the corn.
  5. Simmer: Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Serve: Your Cream Corn with Bacon is now ready to be served! Enjoy it hot as a delicious side dish that complements any meal.

Expert Tips and Tricks

  • Use Fresh Corn: If you have fresh corn available, by all means, use it! Just cut the kernels off the cob and follow the recipe as directed.
  • Spice It Up: Add a pinch of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes for a bit of heat.
  • Extra Creamy: For an even creamier texture, add an extra tablespoon of butter or a splash more heavy cream.
  • Cheese Variation: Try using a blend of cheeses like sharp cheddar or gouda for a different flavor profile.
  • Bacon Tips: For extra crispy bacon, bake it in the oven at 400°F for about 15-20 minutes, then crumble.
  • Herbs: Add fresh herbs like chopped chives, parsley, or dill for a burst of freshness.
  • Low-Sodium: Use unsalted butter and low-sodium bacon to control the salt content.
  • Vegetarian Option: Skip the bacon and add smoked paprika for a hint of smoky flavor.
  • Vegan Twist: Use dairy-free cream cheese, plant-based butter, and coconut cream instead of heavy cream.
  • Make it a Meal: Stir in cooked chicken or shrimp to turn this side dish into a main course.

Variations

  1. Cheesy Corn: Add 1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese for an extra cheesy version.
  2. Mexican Style: Mix in 1 cup of salsa, 1 cup of shredded pepper jack cheese, and top with chopped cilantro.
  3. Garlic Parmesan: Add 2 cloves of minced garlic while cooking and finish with 1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
  4. Jalapeño Popper: Stir in 2 diced jalapeños and 1/2 cup of cream cheese for a spicy kick.
  5. Herbed Corn: Add 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped rosemary or thyme for a fragrant touch.
  6. Smoky BBQ: Mix in 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce and 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika.
  7. Italian Twist: Stir in 1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes and 1/2 cup of grated mozzarella cheese.
  8. Loaded Corn: Top with shredded cheddar, crumbled bacon, sour cream, and chives, just like a loaded baked potato.
  9. Southwest Style: Add 1 cup of black beans, 1 cup of diced bell peppers, and 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese.
  10. Sweet Corn: Increase the sugar to 1/4 cup and add 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract for a sweeter, dessert-like version.

What to Serve It With

  1. Grilled Chicken: The creamy corn pairs perfectly with the smoky flavor of grilled chicken.
  2. Barbecue Ribs: The sweetness of the corn complements the tangy BBQ sauce on the ribs.
  3. Fried Catfish: A Southern classic that goes great with the rich and creamy corn.
  4. Steak: Cream Corn with Bacon is an excellent side for a juicy, grilled steak.
  5. Pulled Pork: The creamy texture of the corn balances the savory pulled pork.
  6. Roast Turkey: Ideal for Thanksgiving or any holiday meal.
  7. Baked Ham: The sweetness of the corn enhances the flavor of glazed ham.
  8. Burgers: Serve this corn as a side dish at your next cookout.
  9. Roasted Vegetables: A great way to add more veggies to your plate.
  10. Mashed Potatoes: Double up on the comfort food with this creamy duo.

Storage Tips

  • Refrigerate: Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze: You can freeze Cream Corn with Bacon in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheat: Reheat in a skillet over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through. You can also reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between.

How Much to Make for Family Gatherings

For a family gathering, plan on making enough Cream Corn with Bacon to serve each guest about 1/2 to 3/4 cup. For a group of 10 people, this recipe should be doubled. Adjust the quantities as needed based on the size of your crowd.

Make-Ahead Tips

You can make Cream Corn with Bacon up to 2 days in advance. Prepare the recipe as directed, let it cool, and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat on the stove over low heat, stirring occasionally, until warmed through. Add a splash of cream if needed to restore its creamy consistency.

Cream Corn with Bacon: A Southern Comfort Classic

Difficulty:BeginnerPrep time: 30 minutesCook time: 40 minutesRest time: 40 minutesTotal time: minutesServings:4 servingsCalories:300 kcal Best Season:Summer

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Start by gathering all your ingredients. Make sure the cream cheese is cut into 1″ cubes, the bacon is cooked and crumbled, and the frozen corn is ready to go.
  2. In a large skillet or pan, combine the frozen corn, cream cheese cubes, heavy cream, butter, sugar, black pepper, and kosher salt.
  3. Place the skillet over medium heat. Stir the ingredients occasionally to ensure the cream cheese melts evenly and combines with the other ingredients. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once the cream cheese is fully melted and the mixture is smooth, stir in the crumbled bacon. Mix well to distribute the bacon evenly throughout the corn.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and let the mixture simmer for another 5 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together.
  6. Your Cream Corn with Bacon is now ready to be served! Enjoy it hot as a delicious side dish that complements any meal.
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