Bacon Corn Saute incorporates bacon and bell peppers into the Southern favorite known as “fried corn” for a tasty, colorful winner. Everything tastes better with bacon, especially fresh corn.
The bell peppers add additional flavor as well as color. You may use all green or all red bell peppers, if you wish. Check out the Notes for a tip on how to freeze any leftover bell pepper for future use.
The natural flavor of this side dish is so fabulous, you will probably not even want any salt in it. Most importantly, do not over-cook. The vegetables should still have a slight crunch to the bite and the colors should remain bright.
Bacon Corn Saute Recipe
3 ears fresh corn on the cob (may substitute frozen corn)
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
1/2 (1/4 cup) green bell pepper (sweet capsicum), diced
1/2 (1/4 cup) red bell pepper (sweet capsicum), diced
2 slices lean bacon (may substitute turkey bacon or 1/2 cup diced ham), diced
1/4 teaspoon hot sauce, or to taste
1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
1/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and pepper to taste
Cut the kernels from the ears of the corn. You should have about 2 cups. Scrape the ears with the back of the knife to get all of the milk into a separate bowl and set aside.
In a deep, heavy skillet over medium heat, saute corn kernels, sweet onion, all of the bell peppers, and bacon. Stir often until onions and bell peppers are limp but not soft. The bacon should be cooked, but not crisp. Pour off any excess bacon grease, if need be.
Sprinkle the vegetables with the hot sauce and liquid smoke. Stir to combine. Stir in reserved corn milk and heavy cream. Taste, then season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cook an additional 2 minutes.
Yield: 4 servings
• You may use all green or all red bell peppers, if you wish. You obviously will not need a whole bell pepper. The leftover bell peppers are easily frozen for future use. Simply dice only the amount you need for this recipe. Cut the cleaned remainder into halves or quarters, put into a zip-top bag, suck out all the air with a straw, seal, and toss in the freezer. No need to thaw for future use.
Bacon Corn Saute Recipe Photo ©2019 Peggy Filippone