Kicked Up Creamed Corn
I just returned from vacationing in Michigan and visiting my folks.
When I visit them during the summer, there is one thing I have to have multiple times before going home.
Michigan Peaches N Cream sweet corn.
I am such a fan of this corn..it’s sweet, tender and juicy and SO good!
This trip I even brought home 8 ears of it in a cooler. So today I was thinking about doing something with it. I’d recently run across a creamed corn recipe, but it seemed kind boring so I decided to add two of my favorite things – bacon and poblano peppers.
I started by chopping up the poblanos. If you like things mildly spicy, use 1/2 of this pepper. If you like things a bit spicier, use the whole thing like I did. BUT, I highly recommend wearing gloves for this process. While poblano peppers aren’t super spicy, they are spicy enough that if you rub under your nose directly afterwards, your upper lip and above will burn for an hour.
Guess who did that?
You want to chop them pretty finely. I sliced the end off. sliced them in half longways, and then cut them into thin strips and then tiny cubes.
Now also take 6 slices of bacon and slice them into little pieces.
Toss them into a medium skillet and cook them until they’re crispy, about 10 minutes.
When they’re cripsy, remove them with a slotted spoon or spider to a paper towel-lined plate.
Dump out all but about one tablespoon of the bacon grease and add in your poblano peppers. Saute them, stirring often for about 5-6 minutes until they begin to soften up.
While that’s cooking, take your eight ears of corn and holding one over a bowl, slice the kernels right off the cob into the bowl. If fresh sweet corn is out of season, use 2 large bags of frozen corn, thawed (about 6 cups).
My mom did this for my brother for years when he had braces on. After doing this once, I have a whole new respect level for my mom.
Now, turn your knife around and using the back side of the knife, press down the corn cob to release the corn “milk” and pulp into the bowl as well.
Be careful how you hold that knife so you don’t cut yourself!
When finished you should have close to 4 cups of corn kernels. I think you could do this with frozen corn in the winter, although it wouldn’t be nearly as good.
When your poblanos have softened, go ahead and add in the corn, corn milk and pulp and the bacon.
Stir them around for about 5 minutes.
Then pour in one and one-half cups of heavy cream, half-n-half, or fat-free half-n-half.
It’s your heart…you decide. I’m not one of those people who will condemn ya for trying to eat healthier.
Add in some seasoning as well. Due to the cream and corn, this needs salt in pretty good amounts. I added a teaspoon and a half of salt and one-half teaspoon of pepper.
Continue to stir and let the corn cook in the cream, about 5-7 minutes more . The whole thing will thicken up a bit. And it’s going to be a lovely, lovely thing.
If you really want to make your friends love you, take this to your next potluck or dinner where you bring a side dish.
It’s spicey, sweet, savory and wonderful.
- 6 slices thick bacon, chopped
- 1 large poblano pepper, chopped fine
- 8 ears of fresh sweet corn, cut off cobs
- 1½ c. heavy cream
- 1½ t. salt
- ½ t. pepper
- Over medium heat, saute bacon until crisp about 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Drain all but a little of the grease (About 1 T).
- Add in poblano pieces and stir until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Cut corn off cob with knife in bowl.
- Using the back of the knife, scrape down the cobs on all sides to remove as much pulp and corn "milk" and pulp as possible into same bowl.
- Add all into pan with bacon fat and peppers. Saute about 5 minutes more.
- Add in cream, salt and pepper and let corn cook in bubbling cream another 5-7 minutes (on low simmer).
- Serve warm.
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