Creamed Corn with Bacon
- ACTIVE: 40 MIN
- TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 20 MIN
- SERVINGS: 4 to 6
Michael Symon’s version of creamed corn gets a little tang from sour cream and a bright kick from lime zest.
- 5 ears of corn—shucked, kernels cut off (5 cups) and cobs reserved
- 3 garlic cloves, 1 minced
- 1/2 onion, cut into 4 wedges, plus 1 cup minced onion
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 pound thickly sliced bacon, cut into 1/4-inch-thick lardons
- 1/2 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Finely grated zest of 1 lime
- In a pot, combine the corn cobs, whole garlic cloves, onion wedges, coriander seeds, bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil and simmer briskly until the liquid is reduced to 2 cups, 30 minutes. Strain the corn stock and discard the solids; keep the corn stock warm.
- In a large skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is browned, about 5 minutes. Add the minced onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Stir in the corn kernels and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt and cook for 2 minutes. Add the warm corn stock and bring to a simmer. Cook until the stock is reduced to 2/3 cup, about 10 minutes. Add the sour cream and simmer until the sauce begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the cilantro and lime zest. Season the corn with salt and serve warm.