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Easy Creamy Skillet Corn

This creamy skillet corn side dish is easy and quick to make and is topped with crispy bacon. Use olive oil and omit the bacon to make a vegetarian side dish.

This creamy corn dish is great comfort food! However, it is easy to customize to suit your taste by adjusting the ingredients. It has chopped jalapeno pepper to add a little heat. Red pimento peppers give it a festive color, while onions and garlic impart flavor.

Easy Creamy Skillet Corn

Use Fresh or Frozen Corn

For the best taste, use fresh sweet corn in this dish. You do not have to cook it before adding it to the skillet because it will cook quickly as you stir it. Another option is to use frozen, cut corn. Quickly thaw the corn while you cook the bacon by placing the sealed package in a bowl of warm water. Then drain any water in the bag before adding it to the skillet. I don’t recommend using canned corn for this dish.

TIP: A large ear yields about 1 cup of corn, while a medium ear yields about 3/4 cup.

Easy Creamy Skillet Corn
Use fresh corn if it is available. If not, use frozen sweet corn.

Add Bacon for Flavor and Crunch

This dish is made with rendered fat from cooking the chopped bacon. It adds a nice flavor to this dish and finishes it with a crunchy topping. However, if you prefer to make this a vegetarian dish, omit the bacon and use olive oil mixed with a tablespoon of butter instead. You can give it a crunchy topping by sprinkling crispy fried onions.

Easy Creamy Skillet Corn

Add Flavor to Creamy Skillet Corn

Add flavor to this dish with onion, jalapeno pepper, and garlic. The jalapeno imparts a bit of spiciness. However, if you prefer a tamer taste, substitute 1/4 cup of chopped green bell pepper. Place the jalapeno, pepper, and garlic into an electric chopper and chop them all at once for quick preparation.

Easy Creamy Skillet Corn

Cube the Cream Cheese

The cream cheese will melt easier if you cut it into cubes before placing it into the skillet. It gives this dish a creamy texture. The half-and-half will thin the cream cheese and help it to melt.

Easy Creamy Skillet Corn

Use Half-and-Half for Creamy Skillet Corn

If you are unfamiliar with the term half-and-half, it means to use a mixture of half milk and half cream. You can buy it packaged this way or make your own with whole milk and heavy cream. Also, use half-and-half to rehydrate the leftover dish if it is too dry.

Easy Creamy Skillet Corn

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Easy Creamy Skillet Corn
A comfort food dish with corn, cream cheese, and bacon.
Easy Creamy Skillet Corn
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Easy Creamy Skillet Corn
Votes: 1
Rating: 5
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Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy. Drain on a paper towel. Remove all but 2 tablespoons of bacon drippings from the skillet. Reserve 1 additional tablespoon of bacon grease in case it's needed to finish cooking the vegetables.
  2. Add the onion and jalapeno and saute´ until wilted. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the corn and pimento and cook until the corn is tender. Add the leftover tablespoon of bacon grease if needed to cook the corn. Stir in the salt, black pepper, and sugar.
  3. Add the half-and-half and cream cheese and cook until the cheese melts. Top with crispy bacon and serve immediately.
Recipe Notes

Sugar

Omit the sugar if using very sweet corn.

Bacon

Chop the bacon in the food chopper if you prefer smaller pieces.

Vegetarian Dish

Omit the bacon to make this a vegetarian dish. Use 2 tablespoons of cooking oil, and add 1 tablespoon of butter to the corn as it cooks.

Pimento

You can substitute minced red bell pepper for pimento. Saute´ it with the jalapeno. 

Rehydrate Leftovers

Rehydrate leftovers by adding milk and reheating on the stovetop.

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