10 January 2015

Okay, this recipe is so easy that it's almost a non-recipe, and I feel silly sharing it, but I am anyway. I had been looking for a simple creamy corn recipe for a while, and tried a slow cooker one a while back that I loved, but then I lost the recipe. So I just kind of threw this together on a whim a couple of weeks ago and I loved the results.

Easy Creamy Corn

1-2 oz. cream cheese
1 (15 oz.) can corn, drained well
1 tsp Fox Point (or Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb Seasoning)

Place cream cheese in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 15-30 seconds at 50% power to soften. Add corn and Fox Point (or Mrs. Dash) and stir well.  Microwave for another minute or until corn is warmed through. Garnish with additional seasoning, if desired.

Makes 4 servings.

See how easy it is? And it's so yummy. I love serving corn with any main dish involving barbecue sauce: pulled pork sandwiches, Barbecue Chicken Quesadillas, Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Barbecue Beef and Bean Cups, etc.  Barbecue and corn just go so well together. We love fresh corn on the cob in the summertime, but the rest of the year we have to make do with canned or frozen. I personally prefer canned, as I find the frozen can get chewy sometimes. But this recipe could be made with either. And you can use fresh corn cut off the cob in the summertime, although we love it so much just the way it is that I can't imagine adding extra stuff to it.  If you want to use frozen, I would suggest thawing it thoroughly, then patting it dry before adding it to the cream cheese. You don't want it to get too runny.

I put "1-2 oz." as the quantity for cream cheese because I used 2 and I think it might have been a little too creamy for some people. I will probably try 1.5 oz. next time. I know that's an awkward amount to measure out though.  (I love my digital scale, so no problem for me.)  The picture above is with 2 oz., so if that looks good to you, go for it.  This is easy to customize to your preferences.

The first time I made this, I simply dumped all the ingredients into a Little Dipper (2 cup slow cooker).  That was okay, but it causes more liquid to release from the corn and it was considerably waterier than the microwave method. And since the microwave method takes 5 minutes or less, I don't see the advantage to using a slow cooker.

In case you are not familiar, Fox Point is one of Penzey's most amazing blends. It consists of salt, freeze-dried shallots, chives, garlic, onion, and green peppercorns. It is so good.  It is absolutely perfect in this corn, but if you don't have a Penzey's nearby and haven't yet made an online order, I think the onion and garlic variety of Mrs. Dash would work well too and that is found in the regular grocery store. I haven't tried it that way, but I think it would be good.

Corn is quite popular at my house; my four-year-old would probably eat a whole can if I let her.  While my kids love it plain, it is fun to "jazz" it up every once in a while.

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