• 5 cups fresh corn, shucked and kernels removed
  • 3 garlic gloves
  • ¼ cups bacon lardons
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 4 oz cotija cheese, finely crumbled
  • ½ cup scallions, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • zest of one lime
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons bacon fat or vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  1. In a large saute pan, heat bacon fat and butter on high until melted. Add in corn and spread out in pan - salt and pepper to taste, let cook without stirring for 3 - 5 minutes until some of the corn browns slightly. Add in garlic and mix, cooking for another 5 minutes or until just soft.
  2. Remove from heat and pour corn into a large mixing bowl. Add in mayonnaise, smoked paprika, scallions, lime juice, zest and half of the cotija, bacon and cilantro. Mix until everything is well coated, then transfer into a serving bowl. Sprinkle remaining cotija, bacon and cilantro on top and serve.
Recipe by jessica burns at