Summer Fest: Creamed Corn with Bacon and Rosemary

Creamed Corn with Bacon and Rosemary

Summer Fest is in full swing and this week we’re celebrating corn, one of summer’s sweetest pleasures.  I have many fond memories of eating fresh corn on the cob in summer – sweet and salty and dripping with butter, it was always a welcome treat.

There’s even a special place in my heart for those funky plastic corn holders (shaped like corn cobs, of course) that my grandma would stick into the ends of the cob to keep our fingers clean and unburnt.  I can still remember how they felt in my hands as I rolled the hot corn against a cold stick of butter until it was was coated with a thick, drippy layer and the stick of butter had molded itself into a shape more suitable for the task at hand.

And then there was the eating.  My sister and I would race through the rows of kernels, typewriter sound effects in full effect, enjoying the messy act of eating as much if not more than the delightful flavor of the corn.  Corn on the cob is still a delight, but it seems that I was much less annoyed by corn stuck in my teeth when I was a child.  It drives me crazy now!

Well you don’t have to worry about corn sticking in your teeth when you cut it off the cob to make this delicious creamed corn.  It might not be quite as fun to eat, but the flavor will more than make up for it.

Creamed Corn with Bacon and Rosemary

5 large ears fresh sweet corn
4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 shallot, finely chopped
2/3 cup water
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon fresh minced rosemary
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Husk corn and cut kernels off the cobs (you should have about 4 cups kernels); set aside.  In a medium saucepan, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon pieces with a slotted spoon and set aside; pour off all but 2 teaspoons of the drippings.  Add shallots and cook over medium-low heat until softened, about 3 – 4 minutes.  Pour water into the pan, turn heat up, and scrape up the brown bits.  Add corn, bring to a simmer, then cover and reduce heat.  Cook for 10 – 15 minutes until tender.  Add cream and rosemary and simmer for a few minutes longer until slightly thickened.  Stir in bacon pieces and season to taste with salt and pepper.  For a thicker consistency, puree a small portion of corn and liquid in a blender then return to pan.  Serves 6.

Other Ways with Corn:

Other Summer Fest Attendees Celebrating Corn:

How You Can Join in Summer Fest 2010

Summer Fest 2010 Have a recipe or tip that fits any of our weekly themes? Starting with our posts of Wednesday, July 28, for five Wednesdays, you can contribute in various ways, big or small.

Contribute a whole post, or a comment—whatever you wish.  It’s meant to be fun, viral, fluid.  No pressure, just delicious.  Simply leave your tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below a Summer Fest post on my blog, and then go visit my collaborators and do the same.

The cross-blog event idea works best when you leave your recipe or favorite links (whether to your own blog or someone else’s) at all the host blogs. Yes, copy and paste them everywhere! That way, they are likely to be seen by the widest audience. Everyone benefits, and some pretty great dialog starts simmering.

Or think bigger: Publish entire posts of your own, if you wish, and grab the juicy Summer Fest 2010 tomato badge (illustrated by Matt of

Summerfest 2010 Posting Schedule

7/28: Cukes and Zukes
8/4: Corn
8/11: Herbs, Greens, and Beans
8/18: Stone Fruit
8/25: Tomatoes

  1. 12th Man

    first delivery of olathe corn is just days away … will try this one as soon as i get my hands on some.

    3:56 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  2. Jodi

    It’s funny. I am not a huge corn fan. Never have been. But you make that creamed corn look so yummy. The bacon sealed the deal!

    Here is something I am thinking of trying out.

    My corn in my garden did not do so well. Bummer. There is always next year!

    4:10 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  3. Winnie

    I made a corn and green zebra tomato salad in honor of Summer Fest…
    I love corn and can’t wait to check out all the other recipes this week!

    5:27 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  4. Ranjani

    Yum – summer corn is the best! I made two corn recipes this week:
    Corn and tomato gratin:
    Summer succotash:
    Looking forward to browsing through the recipes

    6:36 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  5. Kate @ maître de moda

    this looks gorgeous! rosemary…yum!
    i may need to add some rosemary to the top of this recipe that I love:

    Fresh Corn Pesto

    6:41 am  Aug 4th, 2010
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  9. Liam O'Malley

    Hi Nicole, this looks delicious. I bet the savory rosemary is wonderful with some nice sweet corn. I’m also participating in summer fest this week, and posted Thomas Keller’s recipe for creamed corn here –

    7:13 am  Aug 4th, 2010
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  11. Kim

    Over at Flexitarian Foodie ( we’ve featured a bunch of corn dishes recently!

    BBQ Corn:

    Avocado-Corn Quinoa:

    Pasta with corn and tomatoes:

    Nothing’s better than fresh summer corn!! I even have a corn chowder recipe coming up later this week… 😉

    7:40 am  Aug 4th, 2010
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  13. Deborah (The Food Psychologist)

    This is my first Summerfest and I am excited to browse through so many corn recipes! I’m also sharing a corn and tomato salad today.


    8:10 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  14. Stacey Ballis

    For more corn recipes, like Caramelized Corn with Mint, Chilled Corn Soup, Corn and Bacon Souffle and Sweet Corn Cupcakes with Brown Butter Honey Ginger Frosting check out my Summerfest post today

    8:37 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  15. Kristina

    Until my teen years the only creamed corn I had ever had was from my infamous Aunt Patty who served it straight out of a can. Real creamed corn – that was a revelation. 🙂

    Here’s my entry – Fresh Corn-and-Asiago Cheese Bread Pudding:

    9:06 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  16. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    Sweet corn is still best when you’ve got the water on the stove boiling when you go out to pull the ears. I agree with you about the “corn in the teeth” thing. It never bothered me when I was a kid, but now it drives me crazy! (doesn’t stop me from eating it though.) This creamed corn looks amazing. Since I do not have a patch of corn in my backyard, I’ll have to settle for using some I got yesterday that I stashed in my refrigerator. Great Summerfest theme! Thanks for the links- I have lots of corn to use up!

    9:09 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  17. Dahlia

    I love corn in all its forms, including, canned creamed corn… But nothing beats summer corn.
    Here’s my Summer Fest entry:
    Corn Chowder

    My recipe for Fresh Corn Pancakes should be up shortly.

    9:20 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  18. Melissa

    Enjoying all the recipes.

    I made Goat Cheese and Roasted Corn Quesadillas at It’s The Way She…

    Check it out here

    9:45 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  19. Sarah

    Bacon and corn are just a wonderful combination, aren’t they? YUM!

    This time of year, I can’t help but just eat corn straight off the cob most of the time, grilled or steamed, but if I do cook with it, my favorite recipes include:


    Three Sisters Chili, and

    Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Soup

    A few have been on the blog for a while, but I couldn’t help but share them this week for SummerFest! Thank you for hosting!


    10:40 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  20. Joanne

    I’ve had creamed corn before, but never with rosemary and never one that looked this good!

    10:57 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  21. Adrienne

    I made this delicious satueed corn with tons of herbs from the August Bon Appetit – it was super good, and no silk in my teeth!

    11:11 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  22. Maria

    Great corn recipe! We are enjoying this sweet corn salad:

    11:13 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  23. The Duo Dishes

    We looooove corn. It was on the menu at a seafood boil this past weekend–boiled and grilled. We loved this corn salad recipe so much that it’s going into a book!

    11:41 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  24. My Persian Kitchen

    I think bacon and rosemary make any dish yummier!

    My contribution to the Summer Fest 2010 this week is super easy and quick to make!

    11:56 am  Aug 4th, 2010
  25. Caroline Wright

    Thanks for checking in at The Wright Recipes. Creamed corn? The best, though I must be honest that anything with bacon, rosemary and a hearty douse of heavy cream is pretty much heaven to me.

    For me, this corn celebration has brought out a good Pickled Corn with Summer Onion and Basil recipe:

    Let’s keep in touch with the new, delicious things that we bring to our tables!

    12:22 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  26. One Hungry Mama

    Could your creamed corn look any more delicious. (No. No is the answer!)
    This week I made Grilled Corn Salad with Lime Vinaigrette on Corn Cakes. I’ve got to admit that it’s the first thing I’ve made this year with corn b/c I’ve been too busy eating it straight off the cob.

    Can’t wait to look around and see what others made this week.

    12:50 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  27. Nancy

    Ooohh…. now that is some creamed corn – going to have to try this recipe for Thanksgiving!!! Summerfest 2010 is too much fun – great recipes and great stories!! Here’s my contibution to the party! Corn, Crab and Tomato Salad


    2:33 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  28. Terri

    That looks great!

    I made Thai Shrimp & Corn Cakes in honor of summerfest:

    2:59 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  29. Karly

    I can not believe I’ve never thought of adding bacon to my creamed corn. You’re a genius.

    4:37 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  30. Dave

    That looks great! We’re right in the middle of sweet corn season as need to start looking at ways to use it up. This chowder looks like a winner.

    4:41 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  31. Chef Dennis

    I love cream corn, the bacon in it sound fantastic!! thanks so much for a great post!

    5:29 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  32. Alison

    Love your recipe! Here is my post for corn this week for Fresh Corn-Tomato and Basil

    5:55 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  33. Trish

    Corn with bacon?? Yes PLEASE!

    I’ve made some Fresh Corn and Black Bean Salsa to celebrate Summer Fest. The corn here has been insanely good!

    6:07 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  34. Suna - The Hungry Turk

    I only started learning how to cook with corn recently. All these recipes will be of great use indeed! And here is my contribution… a nice little quinoa & corn salad.

    8:04 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  35. Charles G Thompson

    We had those little plastic corn cob holders too! I wonder if my mother still has them. Nice memories. Thanks for the great post. Summer corn is the best.

    8:31 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  36. Pam @ Cookware set


    I just made a udon noodles with corn and red pepper, I wish I had known about the summer festival earlier, i would have taken pictures before finishing it all. 🙂

    10:44 pm  Aug 4th, 2010
  37. Lana

    You and your sister are like My sister and I! I was always jealous that she could eat her corn in neat rows, getting the best parts out, while my cobs looked shaggy and disheveled!
    My husband is after me to try some southern creamed corn (he mentioned it today!) and now I have a source I trust.
    And this is my contribution to the Summer Fest.
    Thank you!

    1:19 am  Aug 5th, 2010
  38. Purple Cook

    Enjoying Summer Fest!

    Here is my post about Creamy Corn Soup.

    4:04 am  Aug 5th, 2010
  39. Quit Eating Out

    So happy to have found your site thrugh Twitter. Amazing photography and great recipes. Looking forward to following!

    4:39 am  Aug 5th, 2010
  40. Jennie

    I’ve always been on the fence about creamed corn, but now that you’ve added bacon to it that might be the push I needed 🙂

    I’m throwing some sweet corn & lemon thyme ice cream into this mix this week, along with a gluten-free and creamless corn chowder!

    7:24 am  Aug 5th, 2010
  41. Kathleen

    Sounds wonderful and will be making soon. I love bacon with corn and I recently posted Corn Chowder with Bacon

    12:32 pm  Aug 5th, 2010
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  43. Emma

    I made this last night, it was very good! Thanks for the great idea!!

    9:08 pm  Aug 5th, 2010
  44. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Oh I love how you add salty bacon to your sweet creamed corn. The memories of child hood are vivid now… are right the corn in my teeth drives me nuts now. As a kid I don’t think I was bothered at all 🙂

    Here is my Strawberry, Roasted Corn & Avocado Salsa:


    5:33 am  Aug 6th, 2010
  45. Louise

    WOW… look at all the responses to ” corn” SUMMER FEST is obviously taking off. I decided to do it- Grilled Corn Serrano Salsa with Lime Cumin Vinaigrette. Rosemary and bacon are a great combo- creamed corn, who doesn’t love that???
    Summer Fest ~ http://WWW.2BESATISFIED@BLOGSPOT.COM

    9:15 am  Aug 6th, 2010
  46. Alta

    OMG I am drooling. Wow.

    9:29 am  Aug 7th, 2010
  47. caitlin

    My husband and I just had two ears each the other day for a snack and could have gone for thirds!!

    I wish I had a cooling, Mexican corn salsa, but here’s a warming potato-corn-kale chowder recipe I created that is perfectly in season here in chilly old England:

    12:36 pm  Aug 7th, 2010
  48. Amy (Minimally Invasive)

    The creamed corn my mom made always seemed beaten into submission, but this! Oh, this one sounds divine.

    For this week’s theme, I have a couple of dishes to contribute — grilled corn with harissa:

    and smoked corn chowder:

    12:42 am  Aug 8th, 2010
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