homemade creamed corn


I missed the market this week due to my travel schedule. In fact, I'll miss it again next week since I'll be in San Francisco for Blogher Food. And the following weekend? I'm flying home on the redeye. I figure if I'm really determined I could try to muster the energy. Afterall, my flight does land at 5:56am that Saturday morning. I could go straight to the market from the airport.

But that would be crazy, right?

During these transitional weeks, that means I miss the chance for one last bite of some summer favorites that have found their way into fall. I had my fill of berries. Peaches I can bid adieu until next season.

Corn is another story. See, we had a bit of a renaissance this year thanks to Melissa. She ran a recipe recently in her Good Appetite column for a spin on it. Inspired by her original technique, I decided it was time to get past my horrid memories of canned creamed corn. Until a few weeks ago, that was the only kind I'd ever experienced. In fact, I probably only tasted a spoon of the stuff 30 years ago and have steered clear of it since.

I had a feeling I'd been missing out on something amazing, so long as it was homemade. Instead of cream, I decided to keep the nutritional integrity of the corn and opted for 2% milk. I hoped that since corn is a starchy vegetable, it would also help thicken this thinner, lower in fat, substitute. I also scraped the cobs after removing the kernels to extract every bit of juicy corn flavor.

The resulting recipe is so easy, it almost seems silly to even call it one. No fancy gadgets or pans. Just a little patience as the milk gently simmers into a creamy base to coat each kernel.

homemade creamed corn

serves 4

Tasty as this is the day of, it's even better a day or two (even three) later. A nice make ahead side dish while you're folding laundry (or procrastinating doing so).

2 ears of corn

1 cup 2% milk

Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Scrape the cobs to release the corn "milk". Bring to just below a boil and simmer for 35 minutes until the milk begins to thicken.