Creamed corn is the ultimate trump card. At least for Apples to Apples it is. Last post I mentioned that we like playing board games pretty often. One of the best larger group games is Apples to Apples because there is no game board to crowd around and every hand is up for personal interpretation.
If you have never played, Apples to Apples is a card game where a player plays an adjective card and the other players play the best noun card in their hand. The first player decides which noun they like best to win the round. The noun cards range from famous people, places, cities, foods, or even items. One of the foods is … you guessed it, ‘creamed corn’.
The best time I have had playing this game was after Thanksgiving a few years ago. I have a huge extended family. Other than the siblings you can see on my About Page, I also have twenty cousins and happily adding ever growing numbers of their children all the time. Well a bunch of them were over after the main, stuff your face turkey dinner, and we decided to play Apples to Apples. There were eventually seventeen of us playing and we fit crowded around the dining room table plus two other folding tables that spilled into the living room. It was quite the game with sixteen different options of nouns to choose from.
Let me tell you. Creamed corn can be cool, dainty, unusual, spunky, sexy or even aged. Now you may have not considered – but you should – that creamed corn could also be dramatic, emotional, silly, or insulting. See? Trump card. Creamed corn can be anything.
I figured if creamed corn was so versatile, then I would bump it up a notch. They make gourmet macaroni and cheese, so why not gourmet creamed corn? Obviously the word gourmet impresses items like lobster or truffles or even ingredients I can’t pronounce or afford. I think I’ll keep it a little closer to home though so we can all easily make this version.
A trio of artichokes, sun dried tomatoes and bacon is gourmet in my book. Putting the creamed corn in my slow cooker saved all the headache of watching it too. Dump everything in, let it get hot and gooey, mix the awesome gourmet ingredients in and enjoy!
- 32 ounces frozen corn
- 8 ounces cream cheese, cut into cubes
- 2/3 cup heavy cream
- 4 ounces sour cream
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 pound bacon, cooked and chopped small
- 3 ounces sun dried tomatoes, chopped small
- 12 ounces marinated artichoke hearts, chopped small
- Combine all ingredients, except bacon, tomatoes and artichokes, in a slow cooker and cook on low for 4 hours. Stir every once in awhile to make sure everything cooks evenly. 15 minutes before serving, stir in the bacon, tomatoes and artichokes.