There’s one thing that I’m constantly seeking inspiration for, and that’s side dishes. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut fixing the same sides over and over again. So to spice things up a little I like browsing through magazines like the Food Network Magazine, to gain ideas on how I can liven up our usual side dish fare.
While checking out at the grocery store the other day, my attention was grabbed by this month’s issue of the Food Network Magazine. Three scrumptious looking ears of fresh corn called my name, specifically the center ear that was wrapped in thick crunchy bacon strips. Of course the Buffalo Blue Cheese and Manchego Smoked Paprika versions sounded equally as delicious.
I’m a full believer, however, that bacon can make just about anything better. So to test my theory out I picked up the issue, grabbed a package of bacon and some fresh corn on the cob, and went home to sample some Bacon Wrapped Corn. Read my notes below to see what I thought of this recipe.
Bacon Wrapped Corn On The Cob
Yield: 4 ears
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
4 ears of fresh corn
6 slices bacon
fresh cracked pepper, to taste
1. Peel back the corn husks, remove silk strings and rinse corn under cold water.
2. Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each ear of corn.
3. Grill the corn over medium-high heat, turning once, for about 15-30 minutes or until bacon is cooked crisp.
The original recipe says to wrap each ear of corn with foil, but I found this made the bacon soggy and didn't allow it to cook crisply. So I removed the foil and just allowed the corn to cook openly on the grill until the bacon was cooked to my desired crispness.
Source: Food Network Magazine
With some minor tweaks to the cooking method the corn turned out really well. The recipe originally called for wrapping the ears of corn in foil, but I found the bacon wasn’t cooking crisply enough. So I removed the foil and just allowed the corn to cook openly on the grill until the bacon was cooked to my desired crispness. This took about an extra 15 minutes than the original 15 cooking time suggested in the recipe. The corn came out with a really delicious smoky flavor from the bacon, and while the bacon didn’t stay prettily wrapped around the corn while eating it, it still gave a nice flavor addition to each bite.
Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?
I would definitely serve this variation of corn on the cobb to company! With just a minor tweak to the cooking method it produced a really delicious side dish that will have you wanting more than just one. Plus, the crisp bacon layer makes for a really nice presentation!