Slow Cooker Creamed Corn with Onion and Chives

    • 4 slices bacon
    • cooking spray
    • 4 1/2 cups whole kernel corn
    • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half
    • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
    • 1 teaspoon white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 (8 ounce) container chive and onion cream cheese
    1. Place bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain the bacon slices on paper towels; crumble when cool enough to handle.
    2. Coat the inside of a 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
    3. Combine corn, red bell pepper, half-and-half, butter, sugar, salt, black pepper, and half the crumbled bacon in the slow cooker; stir well.
    4. Cook on High for 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
    5. Stir cream cheese into corn mixture; cook until cheese melts, about 10 more minutes. Stir well and top with remaining bacon before serving.