Acquired Taste

Sweet, salty, bitter, and sometimes delicious.

Tex-New Mex Creamed Corn

Posted by unbeelievable on August 25, 2008

I was born and raised in Texas, and he was raised across the border in New Mexico (note to slow people–including my own COUSIN who has lived in Dallas for her whole life — New Mexico is part of the U.S.) Once you cross that border, though, you might feel like you’re in a different country, as the cuisine changes dramatically.

Any New Mexican worth his salt can’t eat a meal without a considerable amount of spice. When I first met my guy, I wasn’t a big fan of salsa or (heaven forbid) anything with green chile in it. It took a while, but I have been assimilated (his Dad’s a chile farmer, for goodness sakes, and even though his chile con queso may have made me want to cry from the burning..the burning!! could I really say no? No.)

And all Texans know that bacon is one of Nature’s Perfect Foods. This corn is a great match between the two, and is fast, as well. Once you start cooking it, you can pretty much forget about it, too, which is nice when you’re trying to whip up dinner (I made these with rib eye steaks with a mushroom pan sauce).

However, you can make this dish without the bacon (if you’re a vegetarian or don’t like bacon for some crazy reason) or jalepeno. It will still be delicious.

Serves 3-4 as a side dish

  • 2 slices of bacon
  • 2 tb butter
  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1/2 jalepeno
  • 1/3 cup milk, half and half, cream, or a combination of the two
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Cut corn off cob ( easiest way is to cut with large knife on rimmed baking sheet)
2. Cut jalepeno into small pieces (seed and remove ribs if you are concerned about heat). Combine with corn.
3. Cut bacon into small chunks, fry in heavy bottomed pan.
4. Remove bacon to paper towels
5. Remove fat so there is about 1 Tb of bacon grease in pan. Add butter, melt.
6. Add corn/jalepeno mixture, cook for a minute or two.
7. Add milk, cover and simmer for 10-15 mins.
8. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
9. Serve immediately.


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