Friday, March 18, 2011

Corn & Bacon Saute

I am thoroughly convinced that bacon makes everything better! It's a dish like this that makes me weep for people who can't or don't eat pork. I supposed you could use turkey bacon, but I just don't want to know about it. This recipe came to be during one of my "use it up" phases. And, it's a major winner!!! I've tagged this as a side dish but I could eat it as a main dish. It's just that filling and wonderful!

Corn and Bacon Saute

1/2 of a medium onion, chopped
6 slices bacon, diced
1 tsp. olive oil
16-oz. frozen corn
Seasonings: kosher salt, coarse black pepper, dried thyme
4-5 green onions, sliced

In a large skillet, saute the onion and bacon in the olive oil on medium-low until bacon starts to get crisp, about 10 minutes. After the bacon is crisp, remove the bacon-onion mixtue with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the corn and seasonings to the skillet and cook on medium-high heat until the corn is heated through and any moisture is cooked out. Return the bacon-onion mixture back to the skillet and stir it all together. Remove from heat. Add the green onions.

When I checked my refrigerator, I had half of an onion and half of a pack of bacon that was in the "use it or lose it" phase. I decided to use it up. Chop both up into small pieces.

Add a teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet and saute the bacon and onions over medium to medium-low heat until the bacon is cooked and brown.

Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside, reserving the bacon grease. Do not eat this bacon right now. Please...don't do it! You will need it later on.

Add the corn to the reserved bacon grease. Seasoning-wise, because I knew the bacon was salty, I just sprinkled a little black pepper, kosher salt, and thyme on the corn. Not even enough to measure. I love thyme with corn. If you've never used dried thyme, you should try it. I will warn you that it is a strong herb so be very careful when using it until you know you like it. It's great with potatoes and chicken, too. I cooked the corn for about ten minutes.

So, my can of thyme needed its moment in the spotlight, too. Plus, the can is just so cute and vintage-looking. I had to let you see it.

After the corn is tender, add the bacon-onion mixture back to the skillet. Stir it all together.

Everywhere I look, I'm reading about the "buy local" trend. These onions came from the garden in our back yard. I don't think you can get any more local than that.

Remove the skillet from the heat and add the green onions. I love the crunch and flavor of raw green onions. But, if you prefer yours to be softer, add them to the corn a little earlier to let them cook down.

Heaven, just Heaven!


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  1. Kim...looks heavenly, and i couldn't agree more about bacon making everything better :)


  2. This looks SO delicious!! Yum!! I must make this sometime.

  3. That looks sooooooooo yummy. I do a somewhat similar recipe and put cream in it. My mother use to make it that way and always added the cream and it is one of those recipes that brings back childhood memories. I rarely cook corn anymore, if you can believe this my husband doesn't like corn?????? I must make this soon when I have all the family over. I know the grands will love it.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  4. Bacon does make everything better!!
    Can't wait to try this one out :)

    (Stopping in from Quit Eating Out Saturday Swap)

  5. I started thinking about this dish. The leftovers would have been perfect for breakfast the next morning stirred into some southern-style hashbrowns. But, we would need leftovers for that to work. Maybe next time!

  6. YUM!

    I would like to invite you to join in on a WEEKLY RECIPE LINK on my blog...

    "Made it on Monday" link up's are open every week Wed.-Sat. :)

    I hope to see some of your recipes soon.

  7. Thanks for the invite, Lark. I'll try again this week. I missed the deadline and the link was closed. I'll make a mental note to try on Weds.

  8. We just had this for dinner with balsamic grilled chicken and roasted garlic potatoes... this corn was SO GOOD!!! I ate way more than I had planned, lol. I never think of putting anything "extra" in corn; this was awesome. I'll want to put this on my blog sometime next week (with credit and a link to you, of course!) Thanks again. Your recipes all look very good!

  9. Thanks What a Dish! Glad you liked it!!

  10. Nice one, Kim, and I totally agree that bacon makes just about any savory dish better! Corn is in season where I live, I've got green onions in the garden, and (of course) bacon in the fridge. Excellent!

  11. Great side dish! Cant go wrong with bacon and corn. :)

  12. This looks wonderful. I can't wait to try it. Pulling the bacon out of the freezer for tomorrow. :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. This was a hit at a potluck we had at work! Thank u!


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