Loaded Cauliflower

Loaded Cauliflower

Loaded Cauliflower

Hi folks, welcome to a new week.  It’s Monday Funday, meatless Monday.  Are you getting tired of trying to come up with something new and delicious, but meatless?   Is your family groaning over the same old same old?  How many of you would be satisfied with a loaded baked potato?  You know, with sour cream, bacon bits, grated cheddar cheese, chives, etc, etc.  Oh, yeah, and all those calories……?

Suppose I told you  you can have all that without the extra calories and carbohydrate you get with a potato.  Just put all that good stuff on …..wait now…..cauliflower!   Cauliflower is the new potato, thus we have loaded cauliflower.   What’s not to love about that!!

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This recipe is rather unique, and a little off-beat, but when it comes to reducing our carbohydrate intake and calories,  off-beat is good.  And it’s a great way to add some zip to cauliflower.

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Yield:   Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp. dry Ranch Salad dressing mix
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped green onion, green part only

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Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 350*F.   Lightly spray a 9-inch baking dish.

2.  Place a steamer insert into a saucepan and fill with water to just below the bottom of the steamer.  Bring water to a boil.  Add cauliflower, and steam until very tender, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Steam cauliflower till tender.

Steam cauliflower till tender.

Transfer to a bowl, break up into florets and drain any excess water.

I spread mine out in a baking dish.

I spread mine out in a baking dish.

3.  Mix cauliflower with sour cream, cheese, ranch dressing mix, onion and garlic powders.  Transfer to the prepared baking dish.  Top with pieces of butter.

I mixed up the topping and spooned it over the cauliflower in the baking dish,

I mixed up the topping and spooned it over the cauliflower in the baking dish,

4.  Bake in the preheated oven until bubbling, about 30 minutes.

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Before serving, sprinkle with chopped green onions.  I added some fine unseasoned bread crumbs.

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This is so good.  Just like eating a baked potato with all your favorite toppings.

SOURCE:   AllRecipes.com

Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut Squash Gratin

Butternut squash has got to be just about my favorite winter vegetable.  For the longest time the only way I ever had it was when it had been boiled till tender, then mashed with butter, and served as a puree.   WOW! I didn’t realize how many different and interesting ways there are to prepare it…..and they’re all so good!

We’ve grown to like it best when it’s left in chunks and there is some “chew” left to it.

This recipe is very easy to make.  Don’t let the name of the dish make it seem like a big deal.  All “gratin” means is a baked dish that has a  crumb topping.    So with that in mind let’s get started making this side dish that goes with so many entrees.  We particularly like it with roast chicken or turkey, but it’s also a great accompaniment to baked ham, or meatloaf.

All that’s required for this dish in addition to the squash, is some melted butter, a little garlic, and crumbs made from Panko and Parmesan cheese.  If you prefer to use a different winter squash in place of the butternut, I’m sure it would work out as well, since many of them are interchangeable.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH GRATIN

Yield:   Makes  4 servingsIMG_8608

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch rounds, or crescents
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Panko crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 375*F.   Spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Baking dish size needs to be about 8 x 11, or 9 x 13-inches.

2.  Arrange the squash rounds or crescents in rows in the baking dish.

3.  Melt the 4 Tbsp. butter with the minced garlic, in the microwave.

Melt butter with garlic;  mix Panko with cheese for crumbs.

Melt butter with garlic; mix Panko with cheese for crumbs.

4.  Combine the Panko crumbs and the grated Parmesan cheese in a small bowl.  Add 1 Tbsp. melted butter and toss to blend into crumbs.

5.  Brush the remaining butter and garlic mixture on the squash slices.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

6.  Sprinkle the crumbs all over the top of the squash.

Top with the crumb mixture.

Top with the crumb mixture.

7.  Bake at 375*F.  uncovered, for 30 – 40 minutes till tender.  Crumbs should be nice and brown.  If not, run under the broiler for about 5 minutes to brown them up, being careful not to burn them.

Toasty, fragrant crumbs, jazz up this winter squash dish.

Toasty, fragrant crumbs, jazz up this winter squash dish.

 

SOURCE:   Quick Vegetarian Pleasures

Texas Corn Casserole

Texas Corn Casserole

Texas Corn Casserole

Things in Texas are big!  That’s what we always hear isn’t it?   The state is big, people live big, and they eat big!

This corn casserole is well named for Texas.  It’s big in every way.  The recipe makes a 9″ x 13″ casserole, but the flavor is fantastic.

Sweet with corn, savory with peppers and scallions and spicy with seasoning.  Oh, Yeah!

Sweet with corn, savory with peppers and scallions and spicy with seasoning. Oh, Yeah!

I made this recently to take to a large gathering that included people of all ages from 2 year olds to folks in their eighties.  Not one person had anything but compliments to say about it.  A young boy came up to me and said, ” I really liked your cornbread.  Could you give the recipe to my dad?”   Wow, that made me feel so good!   I know something about children who are picky eaters, so when a youngster likes a particular food that is somewhat out of their “comfort zone”, I know it’s a keeper.

There’s just a little bit of sweetness to this that the corn and corn bread contribute, but enough variety in flavors to make it really interesting.  The recipe calls for Creole seasoning which I didn’t have, so I used Cajun seasoning instead, putting in only 1 teaspoon.  The resulting spiciness was apparent, but not too much, for my taste and the children’s.  You can adjust the spice/heat level to your liking, but do try this unique cornbread casserole.  It’s great to bring to a pot-luck picnic, or as a side dish to a summer meal.

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TEXAS CORN CASSEROLE

Yield:     Make about 10 to 12 servings, or more if cut smaller

Uses convenience foods for fast preparation.

Uses convenience foods for fast preparation.

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted, plus more for greasing the pan
  • 1  ( 14 1/2-ounce) can whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1  (14 1/2-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (7-ounce) box corn bread mix
  • 6 scallions, white and green parts, finely chopped
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons Creole seasoning, plus more to sprinkle on top

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 400*F.  Butter a 9 by 13-inch baking dish and set aside.

2.  In a large bowl, combine all ingredients.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.

Transfer batter to prepared pan.  Sprinkle top with Creole seasoning.  Bake casserole until golden brown, about 40 minutes.

Golden brown on top, moist inside.

Golden brown on top, moist inside.

So Good!

So Good!

 

SOURCE:  Country Living Magazine

 

Zucchini and Onion Gratin

Zucchini and Onion Gratin

Zucchini and Onion Gratin

I know that later in the summer we will be so overwhelmed by the amount of zucchini that is available, we won’t know what to do with it all, but right now the thought of making a zucchini baked dish with some tender young zucchini, seemed like a good idea to go with my grilled chicken menu.  And later on when all those zucchini show up on my doorstep, I’ll be returning to this recipe again, and again.

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The use of the term gratin in food preparation means that an ingredient is topped with a browned crust that can be made from breadcrumbs, grated cheese, eggs or butter.  A gratin is usually prepared in a shallow dish, then baked or cooked under an overhead grill or broiler to form a golden crust on top and is traditionally served in its baking dish, a gratin dish.

This recipe pretty much meets that description.  Using just a few key additives to enhance the rather bland flavor of zucchini, it turns out to be wonderfully flavorful.  Pre-broiling the zucchini helps to get them browned, and sprinkling a small amount of Parmesan cheese on top further forms a browned crisp crust.  You can serve this dish hot, but it’s also great at room temperature.

ZUCCHINI AND ONION GRATIN

Yield:  serves 6    ( Note:  1 serving is about 1 cup and equals 92 calories and 7 gm carbs.)

Ingredients:IMG_7565

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large onion, quartered lengthwise and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 3/8 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1  1/2 pounds zucchini, diagonally sliced into 1/4-inch thick pieces
  • 1 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)

Directions:

1.  Heat a large skillet over medium heat.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to pan, swirl to coat.  Add onion; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Stir in tomato paste, cook 2 minutes.   Stir in lemon rind, thyme, 1/8 teaspoon salt and  pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Sauté onions and thyme, then add tomato paste and lemon rind.

Sauté onions, then add tomato paste, thyme and lemon rind.

2.  Preheat broiler to high.

3.  Arrange zucchini on a jelly-roll pan.  Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil; toss.  Broil 7 minutes or until lightly charred.  Sprinkle with remaining salt.

Lay zucchini slices out on a baking sheet for broiling.

Lay zucchini slices out on a baking sheet for broiling.

4.  Preheat oven to 375*F.

5.  Spread onion mixture in a 2-quart gratin dish.  Arrange zucchini mixture over onion mixture.  Sprinkle with cheese.  Cover and bake at 375*F. for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven.

Arrange in a baking dish and top with grated cheese.

Arrange in a baking dish and top with grated cheese.

6.  Uncover zucchini mixture; broil 1  1/2 minutes to lightly brown the top if needed.   Note:  I thought mine was adequately browned after baking, so I omitted this step–use your judgement if it’s needed.

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SOURCE:   Quick Vegetarian Pleasures

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

Cauliflower Fritters

If it looks like a potato pancake and it tastes like a potato pancake, it must be a potato pancake, right?   Wrong!!  These are cauliflower fritters, and they are delicious.  Similar to the taste of a potato pancake, they make a fabulous side dish–we loved them!

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As a continuation of my posts about cauliflower, I have this one for you.   Another way to use this versatile vegetable and reap it’s health benefits in a fun way.

You can use either a bag of frozen cauliflower, or cook up some fresh cauliflower, mash, then mix with hash brown potatoes, cheese, onions, whole wheat flour and eggs.  Use just enough oil to sauté them in a fry pan, and you will have crispy fritters.  I made a dipping sauce to go with them that enhanced their presentation and flavor.  I find it amazing how versatile cauliflower is and how it can mimic potatoes or rice.  It makes a great stand-in for either of them with far fewer calories and carbohydrates.

CAULIFLOWER FRITTERS

Yield:  Makes 8 – 10 fritters

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, or 1 (10-oz.) package frozen cauliflower
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  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3/4 cup shredded hash brown potatoes, thawed if frozen
  • 1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

For the dipping sauce:

  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (0%, or 2% fat is okay)
  • 2 tablespoons minced green onions
  • 2 tablespoons canola mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 – 2 dashes hot sauce, optional

Directions:

1.  Prepare cauliflower as package directs if frozen, or bring to a boil and cook until tender if using fresh.

2.  Place cauliflower in a large bowl and mash with a potato masher.  Stir in onion, flour, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon zest, potatoes, cheese and eggs.  Mix to combine well.

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3.  Form into 8 – 10 patties.  I used a large spoon, and dropped lumps of batter into the skillet, then flattened them slightly with a spatula. Using this method, I got 10 fritters.

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4.  Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add oil and swirl to coat.  Cook patties 4 minutes on each side or until nicely browned.  Repeat with remaining batter.

5.  Make dipping sauce:  Combine yogurt, 1/8 tsp. salt, and remaining ingredients.  Serve sauce with fritters.

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SOURCE:  adapted from Skinny Taste

Stuffed is a Good Thing

What does it mean to be “stuffed”?  Is it good or bad?  Actually, it’s both.

Stuff is a word that has ancient origins, originally pertaining to cloth, but its meaning has changed over time with some interesting applications.  Take the following phrases for instance:

stuff it—expresses rejection

and stuff—additional things, i.e. she had lots of furniture and other stuff

be stuffed up—nasal congestion as with a cold

fill out the skin of a dead animal–stuffed parrot

to over eat–to stuff yourself  (as in Thanksgiving)

to fill a receptacle or cavity–a stuffed toy or the turkey

Since the year 2000 the word stuff  has had an increase in usage usually connected to other words like cool stuff, new stuff, great stuff,  etc.

Well, today’s recipe is about filling a cavity with some really cool stuff.  I’m sure you will like it so well that you will stuff yourself after which time if someone were to offer you another serving you would tell them to go “stuff it”.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

Stuffed Acorn Squash

STUFFED ACORN SQUASH

Yield:   Serves 4

Ingredients:

I used a package of convience rice, precooked.

I used a package of convience rice, precooked.

  • 2 Acorn squash, halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried rubbed sage
  • coarse salt and pepper
  • 1 box (6-oz.) wild rice blend (seasoning packet discarded)
  • 1/2 cup cried cherries or cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, chopped ( I used sliced almonds)

Directions:

1.  Preheat the oven to 450*F.  On a rimmed baking sheet, arrange squash halves cut side down.  Cover tightly with foil.  Roast till tender when pierced, about 40 minutes.

2.  Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat butter over medium heat.  Add shallot, garlic, and sage.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook, stirring occasionally, till tender, 3 – 5 minutes.  Add rice and 1 3/4 cup water;  Bring to boil, cover, and reduce heat to low.  Cook until tender without stirring, about 25 minutes.**

3.  Remove rice from heat and stir in cherries and pecans.  Season with salt and pepper.  Season the inside of each squash half with salt and pepper.

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Mound stuffing into cavities of squash, dividing evenly and serve while hot.

Squash half, filled with rice stuffing.

Squash half, filled with rice stuffing.

**Instead of using wild rice, I used a package of precooked rice, intended for the microwave, but cut it  open and heated it in the skillet with the shallot and garlic, plus a little chicken broth to moisten it.  I’ve recently discovered these packages of rice by Uncle Ben’s.   They are the perfect amount for two people, and saves lengthy cooking time for long-grain rice.

SOURCE:  Martha Stewart.com

A Recipe of Few—

Today has been a very busy day and at this hour I’m tired so this will be a post of few words.  Luckily the recipe I have to share with you is one of few words also.  A recipe of few—-

few ingredients

few steps

few utensils

BUT

big flavor

Try it!

Old Bay Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Old Bay Roasted Sweet Potatoes

OLD BAY ROASTED SWEET POTATOES

Few ingredients:  1-2-3.

Few ingredients: 1-2-3.

Yield:   Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes  ( about 1 1/2 pounds total),  scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning

Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 450 *F.  On a rimmed baking sheet, toss sweet potatoes, olive oil, and Old Bay seasoning.

Utensils?  a knife and a baking dish.

Utensils? a knife and a baking dish.

Bake until  potatoes are deep golden brown on all sides, about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Out of the oven, crusty and brown.

Out of the oven, crusty and brown.

This side dish goes will with roasted chicken or pork, seared steak, or sautéed shrimp.

If you’ve never used Old Bay seasoning, you must try it.  It contains a mixture of several spices, usually used on shell fish, but it brings out the natural sweetness of sweet potatoes.

SOURCE:    Martha Stewart

Gardener’s Ratatouille

Gardner's Ratatouille

Gardner’s Ratatouille

What could be better at this time of year than Ratatouille, a vegetable stew.  Using all the fresh vegetables that are so plentiful now, I made up a large pan of this dish.  We love it when I first make it, and we like it even better the second time around when the  flavor seems to get even better.

Extras can be slowly reheated very successfully, but it is actually quite good served cold.  We particularly enjoy folding the leftovers inside a croissant, for a light lunch.  If you wish you can turn this dish into a hearty meal by adding some protein such as grilled sausages during the final stage of cooking.

The ingredients listed provide a guideline;  you can change up the vegetables to suit your taste, or what’s available when you make it.  For instance I used yellow summer squash instead of zucchini.  A red pepper can take the place of a green pepper.  One thing you must do, if making this dish, is use lots of fresh herbs.  Unfortunately I didn’t have any fresh oregano, so I used dried, ( 1 teaspoon),  but I did use fresh basil and parsley.   Fresh herbs make a hugh difference in the taste.

Also, you know how eggplant can soak up a lot of oil, well this recipe only uses 2 teaspoons olive oil to sauté the onions, the rest of the moisture comes from the vegetables as they are cooked slowly while covered, and the eggplant takes on the flavors of the vegetables and herbs it is cooked with.  Also, be sure to cut all the vegetables the same size to ensure even cooking.

GARDENER’S RATATOUILLE

Yield:  6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

    Beautiful Fresh Vegetables

    Beautiful Fresh Vegetables

  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups chopped plum tomato ( about 1 pound, or 3 tomatoes)
  • 2 cups chopped peeled eggplant (aubergine)
  • 1  1/2 cups chopped zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1.   Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add onion;  sauté 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently.

Saute onions with peppers.

Saute onions, then add tomatoes

Add tomato, eggplant, pepper, squash, and garlic.  Cover, reduce heat, and simmer slowly about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add in all the remaining vegetables.

Add in all the remaining vegetables.

2.  When vegetables are tender, stir in oregano and remaining ingredients;  cook, uncovered 5 minutes or until most of the liquid evaporates.

Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

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Serving size:  3/4 cup.   Calories, 91,  Fat, 3 g,  Protein, 2.8g., Carb 16g.. Fiber  4.6 g.,  Sodium 308 mg.

SOURCE:  Cooking Light

Potatoes au Gratin

Potatoes au Gratin

Potatoes au Gratin

Calling all potato lovers!  If you are anything like me you love potatoes in any form.  And really, potatoes are  a healthy, non-fattening food.  Its how they are cooked and what you put on them that makes all the difference.

The potato is best known for its carbohydrate content (approximately 26 gm, in a medium potato), with starch being its predominant form.  A large quantity of this starch is resistant to digestion, and so it reaches the large intestines largely intact.  This resistant starch is considered to have many beneficial effects similar to those of fiber.  When you eat the skin of a potato this increases the fiber benefit.  Without getting into a lengthy physiological explanation, let me just say that the bulk that fiber provides offers protection against colon cancer, improves glucose tolerance, lowers plasma cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and increases satiety (feelings of fullness and satisfaction).

Most notably potatoes contain high levels of Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, and Potassium.  A medium potato also contains about 75 gm. water.  So you see, potatoes can be a healthy food.  Preparation is the key in preserving the nutrients.

The following recipe for Potatoes au Gratin in one that I like to make as an accompaniment to baked ham, or meatloaf.  You will note that I have kept the above mentioned facts in mind in my preparation:  using a good quality Idaho potato,  limiting the amount of cheese and using cheeses that provide good favor, and using low-fat milk with just a little flour for thickening.  Chopped green onions many be added as desired to the potato mixture for further flavor.

POTATOES AU GRATIN

Yield:   4 servings

Ingredients:

Note that only three potatoes are used to make 4 servings.

Note that only three potatoes are used to make 4 servings.

  • 1 lb. Idaho baking potatoes
  • 3 oz. grated cheese (Swiss, cheddar, Monterey Jack, Colby are all good )
  • 3/4 cup milk  (I use skim milk with no problems)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  black pepper, to taste
  • 1  1/2 teaspoon flour
  • paprika

1.  Preheat oven to 350*F.  Lightly butter a shallow au gratin dish, or spray with non-stick baking spray.

2.  Slice potatoes into 1/4-inch thick rounds.

3.  Arrange one layer of potatoes to cover the bottom of the baking dish.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4.  Mix together the cheese and flour, and sprinkle 1/3  of it over top of potatoes.

5.  Repeat with another layer of the potatoes, salt and pepper, 1/3 of the cheese and flour mixture.

Layering the potatoes with cheese/flour mixture.

Layering the potatoes with cheese/flour mixture.

6.  Repeat a third layer of potatoes, cheese and flour.    Warm the milk in the microwave, then pour gently over the potatoes.  Sprinkle with paprika.   Bake for 50 minutes until potatoes are tender and milk is absorbed.

Just out of the oven, nicely browned and crusty.

Ready for the oven.

Out of the oven, nicely browned and crusty.

Out of the oven, nicely browned and crusty.

SOURCE:   a Carolyn Original

Sweet Corn with Parmesan and Cilantro Spread

Sweet Corn with Parmesan and Cilantro Spread

Sweet Corn with Parmesan and Cilantro Spread

Right about now native sweet corn is everywhere;  the supermarket, the local farm stand or farmer’s market and maybe in your own garden.  Sweet corn ranks right up there with fresh native tomatoes on just about everyone’s list of favorite summertime foods.  I know we are eating it several times a week, because when its gone, its gone for another year.  However, as much as we love it, sometimes fixing it the same way all the time,  i.e.. steamed or grilled with butter and salt and pepper on it, gets a little boring.

A flavorful twist on the simple ear of corn.

A flavorful twist on the simple ear of corn.

If you are among those who would enjoy eating it with some slightly different flavors on it, then this recipe might appeal to you as it did to me.  You start out boiling the corn for just a couple of minutes, drain, and then spread each ear with this mixture of Parmesan cheese, olive oil, and some other seasonings, then fry the corn briefly to brown it up, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.  If cilantro is not your thing, substitute some parsley.

A little tart, and a little tangy, this is a fun way to fix corn and a nice change from the usual corn on the cob.

SWEET CORN WITH PARMESAN AND CILANTRO SPREAD

Yield:  4 servings

Ingredients:IMG_4951

  • 4 large ears sweet corn, husks removed
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro

1.  Place corn in a stockpot; cover with water.  Bring to a boil;  cover and cook for 3 – 5 minutes or until tender.  Drain.  Note:  do not overcook.  I cooked mine for 3 minutes and it was fine.  Remember, it will be cooked again in the fry pan.

2.  In a small bowl, combine the cheese, 5 Tbsp. oil, lime juice, garlic, cumin, hot sauce, salt and pepper.  Brush about 1 tablespoon over each ear.

Spread the seasoned cheese on each ear and fry to brown up.

Spread the seasoned cheese on each ear and fry to brown up.

3.  In a large skillet, cook corn in remaining oil over medium heat for 4 – 6 minutes or until lightly browned, turning occasionally.  Stir cilantro into remaining cheese mixture;  brush over hot corn and serve.

Almost at the point of perfection.

Almost at the point of perfection.

A great side to ribs and coleslaw.  Oh, Yeah!!

A great side to ribs and coleslaw. Oh, Yeah!!

SOURCE:   Taste of Home