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70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2

This bacon-studded 'cheese corn' is a popular bar snack in Korea, made of pure bacon-y, creamy, cheesy, corny decadence. The original recipe uses a combination of mayonnaise and sweetened condensed milk, but we're going with heavy cream here for a lighter approach. This may be the first time in my career that I've 'lightened up' a recipe by adding a cup of heavy cream. Garnished with green onions, this would be amazing with a cold beer!

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
1 10-inch skillet
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cook bacon in a 10-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until almost crisp and fat is rendered, 7 to 8 minutes.

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  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler.

  • Drain frozen corn thoroughly in a colander. Add 1/2 of the corn to the skillet with the bacon. Cook and stir until kernels just start to turn golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, green onions, and jalapenos; cook until vegetables start to soften and sweeten up, 3 to 4 minutes. Tilt pan to drain off some of the fat, using a paper towel to soak it up.

  • Season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Pour in cream; stir and bring to a boil. Stir in the remaining corn until heated through. Turn off the heat and add about 2/3 of the mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheese. Stir to combine. Top corn with remaining cheese and a sprinkle of cayenne.

  • Broil until heated through and top is browned, 5 to 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Chef's Notes:

You can pan-fry all the corn, or none of it, in the bacon fat in step 2.

I used frozen corn with great success. If you want to use fresh corn, be sure to blanch it, or pan-fry it first, to take off the raw edge. The broiling step doesn't really cook the casserole, so you want the corn nicely cooked by that point.

You can make this ahead by waiting until serving time to top with cheese and broil. You can also bake this at 475 degrees F (250 degrees C). Feel free to Cheddar instead of Monterey Jack.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; protein 10.6g; carbohydrates 21.9g; fat 17g; cholesterol 54.5mg; sodium 297.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2019
My mother watches the latest Allrecipes and FoodWishes videos on Youtube every week. She sent me this one and said, "I want you to make it!" Chef John's Ba'corn didn't disappoint. So yummy. We ate it as a side dish with grilled burgers and a summer salad. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/25/2019
I thought it was a really weird combination of ingredients. We did not care for it. Read More
70 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2019
My mother watches the latest Allrecipes and FoodWishes videos on Youtube every week. She sent me this one and said, "I want you to make it!" Chef John's Ba'corn didn't disappoint. So yummy. We ate it as a side dish with grilled burgers and a summer salad. Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/16/2019
Spot on perfection! Kudos Chef... I went heavier on the bacon but I do on almost all those dishes that call for it. This dish would be killer with anything BBQ as a side. This one is keeper from here on out. Read More
(14)
Rating: 5 stars
07/25/2019
Loved this yummy dish! Followed recipe but cut in half for 5 servings. Hubby loved so much he had seconds and then had some for breakfast the next day. Very filling and bacon-y, would be great for any gathering. Served it w/ roasted shrimp and homemade cocktail sauce; delicious! Thanks for another winner, Chef John! We always choose your recipes first! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/16/2019
I made this to use as a side dish for some grilled sandwiches I was planning on making. I couldn't stop eating the corn and never got around to making the sandwiches!!! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2019
Very easy and tastes great.. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2019
I will never feel the same way about corn! This dish had a rockin' party in my mouth. Chef, I couldn't go light on this one. 6 oz of sweetened condensed milk perfectly complimented the jalopeno and smoky bacon. YUM! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2019
delicious , best corn side dish ever Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/13/2020
I was a little worried to try this recipe at first. I didn't want to waste the bacon if I didn't end up liking it. I love it! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/01/2019
Really yummy I added chicken for a one pan dinner Read More
(3)
Rating: 1 stars
10/25/2019
I thought it was a really weird combination of ingredients. We did not care for it. Read More