Southern Creamed Corn in a Crock Pot.. delicious and easy... what could be better?
Use a good brand of corn... some store brands are great.. others.. not so much... the sweeter the better!
You can use canned sweet corn.... or even throw a can of corn in as an "extra"... make sure you drain it before adding it into the pot.
The amount of corn is flexible... a little less.. a little more isn't going to be a problem... if you do add a significant amount... adjust the other ingredients also.
I used whole milk with this recipe... you can also use fat free half and half..
Shallots are great for these kinds of dishes... they give a light onion flavor without overwhelming the dish... if you don't have shallots.. a good substitute is a sweet onion .. a regular onion can also be used.. but I would only use a small onion.
Bacon... smoked bacon is best.... cook it until most of the fat is rendered and the bacon is cooked... not crisp... it's best for it to be still pliable.
If you like a little kick to your foods.. add a pinch of cayenne.
This side dish is perfect for BBQs... family gatherings.. even holidays.... it makes itself .. keeps warm... and allows you time and energy for making other menu items... try it.. you'll like it... for sure!
Recipe: Crock Pot Southern Creamed Corn
All you need:
1 1/2 bags (16 oz size pkg) frozen corn
3 strips thick sliced smoked bacon, chopped
3 shallots, finely chopped
1 (8 oz pkg) cream cheese
1/4 cup whole milk
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste
All you need to do:
In a small skillet... cook the chopped bacon over medium high heat until cooked but still pliable. Using a slotted spoon, remove the bacon from the skillet and add it to the crock pot.
Leave about 1 tablespoon of bacon grease in the skillet, add the chopped shallots and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until the shallots are soft... be sure the shallots don't brown... if they start to brown... lower the heat a bit more. Using a spatula, scrap the shallots into the crock pot.. you want any residual bacon grease to go with them into the crock pot.
Cut the cream cheese into small cubes and add them to the crock pot. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on low for about 4 hours. Stir sometime during cooking after the cheese has a chance to melt.
Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.