Thursday, August 26, 2010

corn with feta, cilantro, and lime

corn with feta, cilantro, and lime

Quick, quick, make haste! Rush to the market this weekend and grab some corn – there’s still some left! We’ve a few precious summer weekends left and then, it’s autumn. Sundresses will be replaced by sweaters; sandals – by boots. I’ve been eying some corduroy pants and scarves. I’m going to learn how to wear scarves in that carefree, insouciant manner that suggests that I have style. My iced tea will yield to hot cider and piping hot coffee. There will be lots of soup coming out of the Sassy Radish kitchen, so get ready. I’ve got plans, people, and I mean to see them through.

At the market, things will change as well. Berries will make way for apples, pumpkin and squash. There will be some late harvest tomatoes and, eventually, root vegetables. And I’m excited for it all, but I know, for a fact, that there are a few summer dishes I am going to miss. But this corn – this corn I could eat every day.

husking

The best thing about eating around the seasons is that you learn how to properly miss a specific food. You savor it better, celebrate each time you spy it at the farmer’s market, run back home with your loot and lay it out on your kitchen counter. I make an exception for tomatoes. If they were in season year round, I would be in heaven. Part of the reason you don’t see many tomato recipes around here, is because they almost never make it into a cooked dish. I devour them whole, sprinkled with a little bit of salt, eaten with a rustic piece of bread.

But today is not about tomatoes – it’s about corn. Sweet, warm corn sauteed in a bit of cream, and tossed with some feta, cilantro, and mint, and then brightened with lime juice. It’s really, unbelievably good, and is delightfully unfussy. Which is sort of the best thing about produce at the peak of season. You need to do so little to make it shine.

12 ears of corn

When I served this at one of the suppers on Sunday, we had a few visitors over: Andrew’s younger brother and friend from Chicago. Andrew’s friend, after chewing a few forkfuls, proudly declared that this was the best corn he ever had, and then reached for a second helping! And he’s from the midwest – where people know their corn. Frankly, I also thought it was pretty good. So good in fact, that it might be my favorite summer way to eat corn, outside the traditional on-the-cob method.

feta, cilantro

I’m hoping to make it again this weekend as a sort of a last hurrah to summer and to corn. Were I not completely and hopelessly in love with fall and its bounty, I would be sad, but I am excited in anticipation of what the next season will bring. I’ve made a list of things I want to make – a list that far exceeds the number of days in the season itself, but that’s a rather high quality problem to have. I’ve a few more summer meals coming my way, and I will savor each and every bite.

sauteeing the corn

Corn with Feta, Cilantro, and Lime

Ingredients:
12 ears corn, shucked, corn cut off the cob
olive oil
2 tbsp butter
6 oz crumbled feta
1 cup cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp mint, finely chopped
1/2 cup cream
Juice of 1 lime
Salt
Pepper

Preparation:

Shuck the corn and cut off the kernels off the cobs. To do this you must hold the cob perpendicular to the cutting board and with a chef’s knife, in a smooth, decisive manner, cut down the cob. It will get a little messy. You will get some kernels on the floor, and that’s okay.

Toss feta, cilantro and mint together in a large salad bowl, and set aside.

Over medium heat, melt the butter with a couple of glugs of olive oil in a large skillet and toss in the corn. Stir to coat the corn in butter and oil. Cook over medium to medium-high heat fora bout 5 minutes, until some of the kernels begin to brown, but overall the corn retains its firm, crisp texture. Add a teaspoon of salt. Pour the cream over the corn and cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat.

Combine corn with the feta and herb mixture, and add the lime juice as well. Taste and season accordingly with salt and pepper. Serve warm.

Serves 8.

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14 Comments

  • 1
    natalie said:

    You must not be from Texas! We won’t see fall at all, and winter will roll in in December!

    August 26, 2010 6:11 pm
  • 2

    Yum! This looks amazing. I’m kind of excited for boots and sweaters, but your right – must take advantage of yummy sweet dorn and beautiful fresh tomatoes while they are still around!

    August 26, 2010 9:00 pm
  • 3
    Jacqui said:

    I totally eat fresh tomatoes so fast when their in season, I can’t get enough of them! I’m so making this for a bbq this weekend! Thanks!

    August 26, 2010 10:28 pm
  • 4
    Megan said:

    I’d make this simply because after, alone in my kitchen, I’d get to knaw on 12 cobs of juicy bits left over from cutting the kernels off. :)

    August 27, 2010 12:18 am
  • 5
    Radish said:

    Natalie – I’m from NYC! :)

    Katie – we should make use of this time, indeed.

    Jacqui – let me know how it turns out.

    Megan – and that’s exactly what I did. :)

    August 27, 2010 6:51 am
  • 6

    Wow, this looks perfect for the my birthday bbq tomorrow night! I just bought 12 kernels of sweet corn!

    PS: I love harvest as well. So excited about Fall!

    August 27, 2010 8:49 am
  • 7
    Laura T. said:

    There really is nothing better than using produce when it’s in season! A tangentially related recipe I go to is a corn and blueberry salad recipe (link below). That way I get to blend both corn and blueberries, both of which are in season right now.

    August 27, 2010 10:07 am
  • 8

    This sounds delicious! Anything with cilantro is a-ok in my book ;)

    August 29, 2010 10:24 am
  • 9

    we just bought corn the other day! what a perfect summer recipe, def need to try it out!

    August 31, 2010 1:37 pm
  • 10

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    September 1, 2010 10:43 am
  • 11
    molly said:

    Heck, yes! We made (and adored) corn with browned butter, feta and mint all last summer. This sounds like just the right way to switch it up, before the yellow kernels disappear. Mmm…

    September 2, 2010 10:22 pm
  • 12
    Hind said:

    Hello Iam from Kuwait and I love this recipe ,thank you for sharing it .

    December 14, 2010 12:35 pm
  • 13
    Stephanie said:

    I made this last weekend with corn from the farmer’s market! It was wonderful. Added a bit of sugar to the corn, that’s what my southern mother always taught me to do!

    May 25, 2011 9:01 am
  • 14
    Radish said:

    Stephanie – you guys have corn already? Wow! Yes, I hear that some Southerners add sugar to corn/veg, but others are vehemently against it! I’ll have to try it with sugar next time!

    May 25, 2011 9:13 am

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