Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup

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The two sides of the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth made short work of the mess left in my big Dutch Oven that I used to make today’s recipe: Fresh Corn Carbonara. Those two sides enable you to wipe and absorb with one side, while you safely scrub (without scratching) using the other side.

Frying bacon, cooking pasta, and pouring a creamy corn sauce can lead to both a delicious meal, (Fresh Corn Carbonara) and a big mess to clean up at the end of the meal. That’s why I’m excited to share with you not only the delicious recipe I came up with, but also about the dish cloth (it’s a brand new product!) that I was invited to review. The Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth really is something that will make *your* cleanups easier. And when I find a good product, I enjoy sharing what I’ve learned with my readers.

Finding a product you’ve never purchased before can be a bit tricky, so I got my favorite photographer – my husbyman – to snap a few shots to make it easier for you to find them at your store. At my Kroger, (and my clever husband entitled this picture “Clean Up on Aisle 13”) I found them here:

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

At my Kroger, it was among the dish cleaning items, near the brooms and mops.

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

Behold the eagle-eyed shopper, having spotted her prey. 

 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

And with her eyes on the prize, she holds up the color she actually prefers.

While I actually preferred the Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths in the mint color, I decided the gray color would go better in my kitchen. They also have them in navy, and tan. I’m actually glad I went with the gray, because I discovered that these work really well for scrubbing the burnt-on grease on my cooktop, and that the gray color really hides the grime that normally stains my other dish cloths!  They are available in packs of two, for $5.49, or you can buy just one for $2.99. (And right now, Kroger has them for a dollar off of the one pack, and $1.50 off the two pack, so I felt like I had scored, there!) The dish cloths are fully washable, reusable, and sturdy. 

About the Recipe for Fresh Corn Carbonara

The purists among you are going to take note immediately that there are no eggs in this dish, so technically, it’s NOT a pasta carbonara. Well, technically, you’re right. Hope that makes you feel better! Now that we’ve gotten *that* out of the way… 😀

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

Long about now, I feel the need to break into a chorus of Stevie Wonder’s , “Isn’t She Lovely?”

I titled it a “corn carbonara” because it really, really reminds me of a true pasta carbonara. No tomatoes in sight, and there’s bacon, garlic, and Parmesan, (all elements of a pasta carbonara). Half and half, puréed corn, and the milk from the corn cob take the place of the eggs, to make a lovely sauce. Then I also incorporate some fresh corn kernels, to give a little burst of sweetness and some crunch to add to the creamy texture. Bacon adds a crunchy salty element, basil adds an herbal brightness, and a sprinkling of hot red pepper flakes adds a slight note of heat. Salty, sweet, savory, creamy, with a hint of crunch: this is a really nicely balanced dish! My family loved it, and I think yours will, too! Perfect for summertime, with all the lovely fresh corn and basil we have available.

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

You start by frying up some bacon. If you do that on your stove top, you know there’ll be some clean up involved, for sure.

 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

Remove the corn kernels from the fresh corn. Half of them will go in the sauce. Set aside the other half to sprinkle in the dish at the end.

 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

Assembling the dish: the corn and cream sauce, the fresh corn, the Parmesan, and the basil. Stir together thoroughly, till pasta is coated with sauce. I added the bacon at the end of the dish, to finish it, plus a little more fresh basil and Parmesan.

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

And, we’re ready for our close-up, Mr. DeMille.

 

Fresh Corn Carbonara
Similar to a true pasta carbonara, fresh corn carbonara uses fresh corn, the milk from the cob, and some half and half to make a creamy sauce for pasta. I added minced garlic and hot pepper flakes, and substituted half and half for the cream in the original recipe, to adapt it.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 lb. spaghetti
  2. sea salt
  3. 5 slices of thick cut bacon (about 5 oz. of bacon)
  4. 4 minced cloves of garlic
  5. 1/4 t. red pepper flakes
  6. 4 ears of corn, kernels cut off (about 3 c.) and divided in half; cobs reserved
  7. 1/2 c. half and half
  8. 1/2 t. sea salt
  9. 1/2 t. freshly ground black pepper
  10. 1/2 c. grated Parmesan
  11. 1/2 c. coarsely chopped basil leaves, divided
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti in well-salted water, about 1 minute shy of package directions. (The water should be salty like the sea.) You want it al dente: to absorb the corn and cream sauce when you pour that over it. When the pasta is al dente, drain it, and pour it back into the pot you used to cook it in. Cover it with a lid to keep it hot until you pour the sauce over it.
  2. Meanwhile, fry the bacon in a large skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels. Crumble or chop the bacon into bite sized pieces. Pour all but about 2 T. of the bacon grease off of the skillet, and return skillet to the heat. Sauté the minced garlic and red pepper flakes for about 1 minute. You don't want the garlic to burn. Set aside.
  3. Scrape the excess corn cob milk/remnants of corn kernels off the cobs, using the back of a chef's knife. Scrape that, half of the corn kernels, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, the bacon fat with the sautéed garlic and red pepper flakes, and the half and half into a blender. Purée until a smooth sauce forms.
  4. (Set aside a little bit of the remaining fresh corn, basil, bacon and pepper to sprinkle on top of each plate, as a garnish. You may also finish each bowl with a drizzle of fragrant extra virgin olive oil, if you like. I think it adds a nice mouth feel)
  5. Toss hot, drained pasta with the creamed corn sauce, Parmesan, the other half of the corn kernels, crumbled bacon, and basil in the pot to which you returned the drained pasta. Taste for seasoning, adding additional salt and pepper, if needed.
  6. Garnish the individual plates with the reserved toppings.
That Susan Williams http://www.thatsusanwilliams.com/

 How I Cleaned Up My Big Fat Mess:

Following your delicious dinner, you will probably be faced with something like this: 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

If I’d had my wits about me, I’d have staged this shot by writing, “Wash Me”, in corn kernels.

And this lovely view doesn’t even take into consideration what I slopped on my cooktop. Can you say bacon grease? How about slightly sticky, starchy corn sauce?

That’s where the handy dandy Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth came to my rescue. In case I didn’t make it clear above, the textured fiber cloth has two distinctly different sides. One is smooth and absorbent, for wiping things down. On the other side, those little white dots you see are raised, and do a great job of scrubbing, without using other tools. The thing that pleased me most, during my cleanup, was that when it came time to clean my cooktop, and I added a safe-for-my-cooktop scrubbing powder, not only did that evening’s mess come off quickly, but also, the cooked-on residue/dark spots of meals past, that hide between the “arms” of my star-shaped burners, started coming off, too, without scratching my stainless steel finish. (Those star shaped burners distribute the heat more evenly around my pots, but are notoriously difficult to keep clean.) Yay! Bonus!!!

So Here’s How I Used It: 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth1) Rub

    I used the smooth side of the cloth for rubbing. (You can also use this side for wiping down your counters, and any other appliance that needs wiping down. It works great on stainless and granite, in my experience.)

 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth2) Scrub:

    I used the bumpy side: for scrubbing off any residual mess.

 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth3) Wipe Up/Scrub Down of Cooktop:

    I did the final step, following washing my dishes, my cooktop wipe-up, and scrub-down. Here, you can see how I used the bumpy side to help me scrub between the “arms” of my star-shaped burners. And remember: the dish cloths are fully washable, once they’ve scrubbed and wiped your surfaces.

I wish I’d had these dish cloths YEARS ago. Even though that would be impossible, since they’re a brand new product,  a girl can dream. I think they would have helped me do a better job of maintaining that “new” look of my cooktop, longer. 

Want to find more delicious recipes, and more great tips for cleaning up your worst kitchen messes? Check them out here. 

What do you cook that makes the biggest mess? 

Fresh Corn Carbonara with a Quick Cleanup, using Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth

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