Baked Cream Cheese, Cheddar and Bacon Corn

This is like mac & cheese without the mac. Corn baked in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce with cream cheese, smoked paprika and thick, chewy pieces of bacon.

Corn, cheese and bacon are a natural threesome. They adore each other.

With an underlying smokiness that brings out the natural sweetness of the succulent corn this is one of the tastiest summer side dishes! With corn so abundant you have no excuse not to make it!

It makes a boatload – enough to feed a crowd. Perfect for a barbecue or potluck. You can easily half the recipe but having leftovers is awfully nice. Can you see this as breakfast with a fried egg or lunch with a salad? I can.

And I did.

Baked Cream Cheese, Cheddar and Bacon Corn

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes

Yield: 10-12 servings

Baked Cream Cheese, Cheddar and Bacon Corn

Corn baked in a creamy cheddar cheese sauce with cream cheese, smoked paprika and thick, chewy pieces of bacon.


6 slices bacon, finely chopped
6 tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup all-purpose flour
3 cups whole milk
4 ounces cream cheese, cubed
2 + 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
3 pounds fresh or frozen corn kernels
coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Butter a 9x13-inch casserole pan.
  2. In a 6-quart saucepan over medium heat cook bacon until browned stirring occasionally. Drain off grease.
  3. Add butter and garlic cook until fragrant 1-2 minutes.
  4. Whisk in flour and cook 2-3 minutes. Whisk in milk and bring to a boil, maintain a simmer and cook until thickened, stirring constantly 2-3 minutes.
  5. Turn heat down to low and stir in cream cheese, cheddar and paprika, continue stirring until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in corn, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Pour into the prepared pan and bake until bubbly and top is golden brown 35-40 minutes.


Adapted from Saveur

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  1. says

    This look so good Reeni…like the idea of cream cheese and smoked paprika in this corn dish…
    Thanks for the recipe and hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  2. Aninas Recipes says

    I love this recipe!! This is one of those dishes that I would have as a MAIN and not a side! So tempting to just dig in!! Great recipe!!

  3. says

    I’m so glad I didn’t miss this recipe Reeni. I know many parts of the country aren’t having a bountiful corn crop but here in PA we have plenty and I’m freezing it as soon as I get it. I’m so keeping this recipe especially since it is considered “healthy” lol…

    Thanks for sharing…

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