Cheddar Bacon Creamed Corn is a simple homemade creamed corn recipe perfect for a BBQ or Southern soul food meal. Corn is cooked with bacon, cheddar cheese, milk, and butter for a simple side dish. #creamedcorn
Cook the bacon. Reserve 1 Tablespoon of bacon fat, if using. Set the cooked bacon aside.
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the bacon fat, corn, heavy cream, butter, sugar, salt, black pepper, and ground red pepper.
In a small bowl, whisk the milk and cornstarch together. Pour into the corn mixture.
Stir and bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the sauce thickens, approximately 15 minutes.
Remove from heat. Chop and add the bacon and cheddar cheese. Stir to combine until the cheese is melted. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and ground red pepper for spice. Serve warm.
To make the corn less saucy, reduce milk to 1/2 cup.You can use a thinner milk such as 2% in place of whole milk, but use less as it is thinner.The bacon fat is optional, but brings a great depth of bacon flavor to the corn.