Thursday, August 09, 2012

It's a Little Corny (Corn Salad)

The above is sorta a joke and sorta not.  Corn has a bad rap in some circles (and I'm not talkin' crop circles here).  There are a lot of reasons as to why this is but, hey, I'm gonna stick to the "everything in moderation" rule when it comes to corn.  Corn really has a rich history.

"Corn is perhaps the most completely domesticated of all field crops. Its perpetuation forcenturies has depended wholly on the care of man. It could not have existed as a wild plant in its present form." -Lance Gibson and Garren Benson, Iowa State University, Department of Agronomy
Revised January 2002

Where I'm from, we purchase sloughhouse corn during the Summer. White sweet and wonderful strait off the grill.  So sweet it can be eaten raw.

Unfortunately, here in Germany, corn isn't such a smash hit when it comes to consuming it off the cob. It's hard to find fresh corn. I've heard too that the French think America's fascination with eating corn is odd.  It's used for animal feed (or, fish food) in a lot of cases over here.

Because it's so hard to come by fresh corn, I'm using frozen corn in this recipe but it's still really good, light, and easy!

  • 16 oz. bag of frozen corn
  • 1 medium to small red onion  (diced or minced)
  • 1 jalapeno
  • A hefty handful of cilantro (about a cup minced)
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1-2 limes ( or, about 1/4 cup lime juice)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp. cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

  • Place corn in medium size bowl with onion, jalapeno, and garlic.  In a separate bowl, combine lime juice, olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Chill in the fridge for no more than 24 hours (after that amount of time, we are getting to the "mush" danger zone) Before serving stir in cilantro. 

A couple side notes.  If cilantro is hard to come by or too expensive, coriander spice can be added instead.  It also saves the chef from having to add fresh at the last minute before serving.

This corn salad makes a great side dish with carne asada style steak, on top of a white fish, or even chicken.  For a whole vegetarian meal, add a can of drained rinsed black beans before chilling.  Maybe some sort of cheese can be added as well (cubes of cheddar or hardish queso cheese?).  But, if cheese is added, one may need to add that before serving to avoid slime cheese effect. Place a hefty spoonful on top of lettuce greens.  YUM!

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At 9:15 AM, Anonymous Auntie Susan said...

Now this year Slouhous's white corn was flavorless but they had great yelow as a back up. I thought the white was just immature but Uncle Richard filled his saddlebags a few imes and the white never got better. I'm wondering if they rotate the fiels every year or evey other year. Matbe the weather has something to do with it. Like all fruits and veggies I rarely go light on them because the seasons are so short.


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