Tex-Mex Creamed Corn

Before illness forced him to retire, Larry’s Dad grew sweet corn every summer. A LOT of sweet corn. He sold it to local grocery stores and vegetable stands. A lot of years, it was in the field right next to our house, or just across the road. We were welcome to eat all we wanted as well as putting some up for winter. It has been a few years since we had access to that much bounty. But the other day, our friend and neighboring farmer, Bobby, came by and dumped a couple dozen ears on our porch. It was just picked and we had an orgy of blissful corn enjoyment for dinner that night.12I knew we would never eat it all before it lost a lot of its quality though, so I blanched [drop peeled ears into boiling water for about two minutes, then put immediately into very cold water to stop the cooking] the rest and cut it off the cob so that we could enjoy it for a few more days. Now, I realize that regular creamed corn doesn’t actually have any cream in it at all, but this isn’t the creamed corn your Grandma made for you. It is a creamy, spicey garlicky wonder of corny goodness. We better get it started.

Begin by melting 3 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan.
1 small onion, diced
1 medium sweet pepper, diced [I used a red one]
1 hot pepper*, diced
a sprinkle of salt and few grinds black pepper
Cover the pan and sweat the veggies over lowish heat for about 5 -7 minutes. Sweating means we are not looking to add any color, but rather just kind of simmering the mixture in a pan with a lid on it.22
Add 2 minced large garlic cloves and cook another minute, then add
3 or so cups of corn kernels, along with any juice
Cook over low heat a few minutes and add
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 ounces cream cheese
31Mix well, but gently so as not to squash the corn too much, cover the pan and simmer for about 6 to 8 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings – I actually added a bit of hot sauce and a little more cumin, but that is strictly a matter of taste. Then – enjoy!41

*I would ordinarily used jalapenos in this probably, but too late we realized that the jalapeno plants we thought we bought, were mis-marked and were actually more hot cherry peppers. Just another anoyance in this year of gardening disasters. I used a hungarian wax pepper instead, but I think the flavor of the jalapeno would be a lot better.

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11 Responses to Tex-Mex Creamed Corn

  1. Trisha says:

    There is absolutely nothing in this world like fresh from the field sweet corn! That is one thing I really miss about not living near my farming family in Ohio. Your recipe is soemthing that I have never tried. It sounds interesting.

  2. Pearl says:

    i love fresh, sweet corn!

  3. Kate says:

    I love orgies of blissful corn goodness. And this looks fantastic, Dlyn!!

  4. annbb says:

    Fresh picked corn is one of the very very best summertime yummmmms there is. Possibly the very best! Your recipe looks wonderful! I do something similar, but your is different enough I look forward to trying it.

  5. Gail says:

    My plan is to go out today and buy a great big mess of corn….but we will probably be eating it straight up off the cob…in too much of a hurry to taste the deliciousness to make anything more!

  6. CM says:

    What … pray tell … does this have to do with family reunions???? … oh, never mind.

    I will definitely have to try this! I love fresh corny kinds of things. I also love the word “blanched”. Just the thought of the word congers up images of Grandma Knight in her kitchen doing vegetable freezing kinds of things with billows of steam rising around her … singing “poodily, poodily, pooh.”

    Your picture below of the blueberries, sugar and lime is beautiful! That could be cropped and framed …. or maybe painted. : )

  7. charlane says:

    that looks so divine and yummy. I need this in my tummy

  8. Tiffany says:

    I’ve yet to have any good sweet corn this year, which makes me very sad. Your cream corn looks wonderful!

  9. Kevin says:

    This sounds like a great way to enjoy some corn!

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  11. Jessie says:

    I made this, but omitted the cream and cream cheese due to my creamed corn hating husband. It was still incredibly delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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