Whether you're serving it with chili or simply with a smear of butter and a drizzle of honey, good cornbread with a moist, tender crumb and and intense corn flavor is one of life's greatest pleasures. So how do you take one of life's greatest pleasures and make it even more, well, pleasurable? Simple: Add some browned butter to it.
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This Southwestern-style recipe calls for roasted poblano and red bell peppers, corn, and a little cayenne, for a sweet and fruity bread with a slight touch of heat.
Creamed corn gets a Southwestern (and fast food!) twist with Chipotle corn salsa. The finished dish is studded with smoky bacon, a touch of lime zest and juice, and a final flourish of cilantro or scallions to cut through the creamy, fatty sauce.
Northern-style cornbread is defined by a sweetness and moistness that more closely resembles cake than bread. This recipes gives you all that, plus a deeply browned, crisp Southern-style crust.
This all-in-one meal in a salad is perfect for those late summer or early fall evenings. Sweet corn and spice-rubbed flank steak along with bright, crunchy raw tomatillos are tossed in a lime and olive oil vinaigrette with a hint of spicy chili and salty cotija cheese.
This is one of my favorite salads of all time and an absolute classic: corn grilled until it's smoky and sweet, then tossed with ripe end-of-season tomatoes in a light lemon and olive oil dressing. Salty chunks of feta and a ton of fresh herbs finish it off. As simple and delicious as recipes come.
A staple for breakfast and lunch in many Asian countries, congee is rice and water (or broth) cooked down into a thick porridge. Everyone does it slightly different. It can be cooked using different grains of rice, different kinds and amounts of liquid, and different cooking times. Every choice can affect the final flavor and consistency. After much trial and error, I've arrived at the ideal recipe for a congee that's silky and comforting instead of sludgy or overly heavy.
This corn soup, from The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Vegetable Cookbook by Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer Purcell (co-authored with Sandy Gluck), is laced with a bit of chipotle powder for a smoky, toasty edge, which is enhanced by roasting the corn kernels with poblano and red bell peppers. A simple and sweet broth is made by simply simmering the cobs in water for a short spell, and the soup is finished with heavy cream, because why not. It looks rich, but it feels surprisingly light and goes down all too easily.
These flavorful corn cookies take a page from the Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook, combining freeze-dried corn powder and a whole lot of butter for a sweet dessert somewhere between buttery corn on the cob and a buttery bowl of Cap'n Crunch.
Quick-cooking skirt steak is topped with a charred corn salsa mixed with sweet summer peaches for a weeknight meal that's ready in just 15 minutes.
Grilled sweet corn, buttery avocado, and tangy queso fresco are a Mexican-inspired topping for these easy crostini.
It's my opinion that fresh, sweet corn should be incorporated into pretty much every meal in the summertime. So as soon as I saw these bodaciously corn-y fritters in Kimberly Hasselbrink's new cookbook, Vibrant Food, I knew I'd be making and devouring them as soon as possible.
These 20-minute tacos make for a great family-style dinner or a quick weeknight meal. Finishing the chicken thighs in a flavorful braising liquid filled with spicy chipotles in adobo yields tender, moist meat that's topped with a raw corn-and-feta salad and creamy slices of avocado.
Black beans are pitch-perfect in this Southwestern-style bean salad, which is finished with sweet nubs of corn, cilantro, jalapeño, and a crumble of corn chips.
Hearty bean-based salads are one of my favorite dishes in the summertime. I grew up eating a corn and black bean version, but these days I'll throw just about any vegetable into a bowl with a can or two of beans and a tangy dressing and call it dinner.
When summer hits, one of my favorite dishes is tabbouleh, its bright and fresh aroma from the various chopped herbs interspersed with airy bites of bulgur. Here, I swap the bulgur for chickpeas that are crisped in a pan with shallots, a generous hit of cumin, freshly shucked corn kernels and bite-sized asparagus. Combined with the chopped herbs and topped with sumac-filled yogurt, it makes a nutrient-packed, fresh summer dish that hits the table in less than 30 minutes.
There's no reason to give up soup just because warm weather has arrived. Rather, it's a great way to showcase the season's best. Case in point: this savory-sweet, luxuriously creamy corn chowder that's studded with pancetta and finished with garlicky croutons.
One stellar member of the wide, wonderful world of Mexican masa-based dishes is the sope, a thin, shallow shell of corn dough that's fried until just crisp on the outside but hot and tender inside, then piled high with any number of meat-based fillings.
Pan-fried whitefish is the perfect blank canvas for a medley of fresh and bright summer flavors: sweet corn, red onion, avocado, tomatoes, and basil, all tossed in a bright lime vinaigrette. The resulting dish—quick and easy to prepare—is full of flavor and color, texture and tang.
Taking advantage of late spring and early summer produce, this easy one-pot pasta combines crispy bites of pancetta with peas, corn, and mint for a refreshing and filling weeknight meal. With minimal prep work, this tasty dish can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.