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November 10, 2014

CREAMED CORN AND BACON LASAGNA

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Lasagna filled with layers of creamed corn sauce, thinly sliced potatoes, cheese, and bacon. This pasta dish is great for a family dinner but also fancy enough for company.

Creamed Corn and Bacon Lasagna
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Good November to all of you! It is that time of year  when some of us to throw caution to the wind and give ourselves permission to increase our intake of foods that are on the sinful side. I'd like to think of it not as a choice but merely as a coping mechanism. Living in the Northeast, it's going to be five long months of waking up and ending the work day in the darkness. Then there is the cold, snow, sleet, and ice factor to consider. It's enough to make a girl want to crawl into bed and hibernate throughout the fall and winter seasons. And if you read my older posts, you will see that I will be living in multiple layers and turtlenecks for the next six months. It's not because I want to—it's because I HAVE TO!! I get THAT cold! Since the next several months can't be slept through, I do the next best thing and wait it out with some help from gut-busting-warm-you-inside-and-out gastronomic delights.

Creamed Corn and Bacon Lasagna

I am starting out with the Creamed Corn and Bacon Lasagna. It's a cheesy, bacon-filled, carb-loading plateful of shaking-off-the-winter-blues (okay, so it's not officially winter yet...but it's autumn and it's dark and cold...essentially, it's winter in my book). This lasagna has a little more carbs than your typical lasagna thanks to the addition of thinly sliced potatoes. I'd like to think of this dish as corn chowder in lasagna form—with layers of potatoes, creamed corn sauce, cheese, and bacon. It will definitely satiate any appetite!


Creamed Corn and Bacon Lasagna

So...the next time you want to have something new, something filling, something delicious, something to pick you up, try this. Invite the neighbors over and commiserate over hot Creamed Corn and Bacon Lasagna!


Creamed Corn and Bacon Lasagna


CREAMED CORN AND BACON LASAGNA




INGREDIENTS:

1 (16 oz.) pkg. lower sodium bacon
1 medium potato (about 1/2 pound)
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. flour
2 cups milk
2 cans (14.75 oz.) sweet corn cream style
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 pkg. Barilla Oven-Ready Lasagne
1 cup chopped scallion (greens only)
2 cups shredded Monterey cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella 



INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat a large skillet with deep sides on medium high. Cut bacon into 1/2 inch pieces. Add to hot pan. Cook, stirring until crispy, but not hard. Remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Set aside.

Fill a small saucepan halfway with water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, peel and slice potato into 1/8" slices. Place in water and parboil for 3 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.

Melt butter in a medium saucepan on medium heat. Add flour and whisk for about 2 minutes. Increase heat to medium high. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly for about 2 minutes or until thicken and smooth. Stir in cream corn and season with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Spray a 9x13 inch baking dish with a non-stick cooking spray. Spread 1 cup of cream corn sauce on the bottom of the baking dish. Top with 3 sheets of lasagna, leaving space in between each for expansion during baking. Spread 1 rounded cup of cream corn sauce over pasta. Layer with a third of the potato slices. Add 1/2 cup of mozzarella and 1/2 cup of Monterey. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the bacon pieces. Add 1/4 of the chopped scallion. 

For the next two layers: repeat layering 3 sheets of lasagna, 1 rounded cup of cream corn sauce, 1/3 of the potato slices, 1/2 cup mozzarella, 1/2 cup Monterey, 1/4 of the bacon, and 1/4 of the chopped scallion.

For the top layer: add three sheets of lasagna (there is will 3 unused sheets), 1 rounded cup of creamed corn sauce, and the remaining cheeses.

Spray a heavy duty foil with cooking spray. Cover lasagna tightly with foil. Bake for about 40 minutes or until a pointed knife pierces through the layers of lasagna easily. Broil, uncovered for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese becomes lightly golden. Remove from oven. Garnish with the remaining bacon and scallion. Allow to set for about 15 minutes before serving.  Makes 8 servings.


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24 comments:

  1. I've never seen a lasagna like this before! It sounds delicious...then again everything with bacon sounds awesome!

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    1. Hi Lindsey! It's the kind of lasagna you would want to make when you don't feel like the same old same old. And I completely agree with you about the bacon...it makes everything better!

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  2. This is so uniquely different. I will definitely have to make this recipe just to taste all the amazing flavors. Thank you for linking up with #FoodieFridays

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    1. Please let me know what you think of it if you make it, Christie. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. This sounds like some yummy comfort food! Thanks for sharing! Also wanted to let you know about a new linky party starting this Saturday (tonight) at 8pm called “Found & Foraged” Can’t wait to party with you at http://www.houseofhipsters.com

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    1. Thanks, it is comforting food indeed. I will be heading over to your party soon! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. This looks fabulous!! I would never have thought to put together this combination, but it really looks delicious! Pinning and stumbling...thank you so much for sharing it with us at Foodie Fridays!

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    1. Thank you Michelle!! Corn chowder was my inspiration for this recipe. And I had a wonderful time at your party!

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  5. Wow, this sounds awesome. Bacon and lasagna together...what is better than that?! Thank you for linking this up to Found & Foraged!!

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    1. Thank you! I'm a bacon lover and I don't think you can ever go wrong with bacon. I'll have to stop by your party again to see what everyone has brought!

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  6. You had me at bacon! So glad you shared this at our linky party! See you next week (8PM CST:))

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    1. Ha ha!! Thanks for stopping by, Grace. I had a great time at your party!

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  7. CONGRATS THAO!!! We loved your fantastic Lasagna at Munching Mondays and are featuring this week!! Hope to see again for the party!! xoxo Nic

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    1. Thank you Nic! I'm honored. Had a great time at your party again tonight...so many good recipes to try!

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  8. This is a fabulous Lasagna, great flavors. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  9. Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! PINNED! Hope to see you again this Saturday night at 8PM at http://houseofhipsters.com

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  10. Hi Thao, I made this for tonight's dinner. It was delicious. A real comfort food. My kids loved it and so do I. Thanks for such a great recipe : )

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    1. Sorry for the late reply, but thanks for trying the recipe! I'm so glad you all liked it!!

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  11. This is something I need in my life. It sounds like the prefect comfort food, and I'm all about comfort food. I love it!

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    1. Thanks Danielle! I'm so glad you like it. Thanks for stopping by!

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