5 Ways to Enjoy Florida Sweet Corn
|April 27, 2009||Posted by admin under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Produce, Recipes|
Florida sweet corn is in season right now – you can get it at farmer’s markets and even grocery stores at extremely low prices (25 cents each at Publix!). Most people just grill or boil corn and have it straight off the ear, but here are some other ways that show off the versatility of this sweet veggie.
1. Try a new salad.
There are tons of really good recipes out there for salads that use corn. In fact, someone dedicated a whole blog to it. It has not been updated in a while, but there are around 15 corn salad recipes just waiting to be tried.
Note: A lot of their recipes use frozen and canned corn. Just leave a comment if you have any questions about conversions.
Also try: Chef Justin’s Firecracker Salad
2. Take it beyond chowder.
I like corn in my soup. I always add it to chicken and dumplings because I like the sweet and savory combination. Sadly, most corn soup recipes on the internet are not very healthy, but they do exist – Just keep searching!
Good example: Summer Soup of Butternut and Corn
Bad example: A-Maize-ing Corn Chowder
Always a good choice: Chef Justin’s Sweet Corn and Tomato Bisque
3. Your oven is your friend.
This is one of my favorite ways to prepare corn. I drizzle a little bit of olive oil on each ear, sprinkle with fresh herbs and wrap in foil individually. You can get really creative with oven roasted corn because of the different ways you can flavor it. Lime and cilantro sound good?? How about adding a little chili powder? Do some experimenting with different flavors, and I guarantee you will find something you like!
Note: Bake at 350 for 30-40 minutes.
You can literally find thousands of different salsas, appetizers and dips that include sweet corn. When I worked at our seafood marketing office, my coworker Ramsay would go on the WCTV “Good Morning Show” every other week to do cooking demonstrations with Florida seafood and produce. On my last day of working there, she had made this for the show and had a bunch left over. Not only was it delicious but it reminds me of her every time I have it! I have made it several times myself (very, very simple), and I have gotten compliments on it each time.
Tip: Let it sit for a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator to let all the flavors and juices blend.
5. Cream it.
It’s hard not to like creamed corn. Have you ever made creamed corn, though? With fresh corn?? If you read our blog on a semi-regular basis, hopefully you caught this recipe from Chef Justin last month. I haven’t tried it out yet but I heard some of my co-workers raving about how great this creamed corn tastes. And surprisingly, it’s healthy! No heavy cream and butter in this one.
So what’s your favorite way to enjoy Florida sweet corn? I am putting mine into a soup tonight – if it’s good, I’ll try to make it into a recipe and share it!
image from flickr.