Corn is a summer staple in my house. I can think of three favorite recipes right off the bat:
In my hands, hot, buttered, right off the cob!
Summer Corn Chowder opens in a new tab made with tomatoes, bacon, onion and poblano peppers.
Summer Corn Salad opens in a new tab with avocado, blue cheese and pine nuts.
Most people think of corn as a vegetable, but it’s really a grain. In fact, it’s a whole gain dating back to prehistoric times in Central America. The large leafy stalk produces “ears” of corn and the kernels are actually the seeds that are attached to the cob.
There are numerous varieties of corn. The field varieties are mainly used as feed for animals and humans eat the sweet varieties. Corn is popular all over the world; some popular international corn recipes include:
Corn Arepas opens in a new tab. These are South American corn cakes. Our gluten-free version is made with cumin and white corn.
Mexican-Style Grilled Corn opens in a new tab with chipotles in adobo sauce and queso fresco.
Frascatelli Carbonara with Sweet Corn opens in a new tab is a delicious Italian dish made with pancetta and Pecorino Romano.
Kenyan Corn and Bean Stew opens in a new tab is a staple of Kenya. It’s made with kidney beans and potatoes.
Chilean Chicken Pie with Sweet Corn Crust opens in a new tab is a casserole made with raisins, capers and spices, with a corn topping.
With corn, the possibilities are endless. Remember, leftovers can be used in appetizers, baked goods, salads and main dishes. Here are more ideas:
Make Coconut Ginger Corn on the Cob opens in a new tab or Corn on the Cob with Feta and Herbs opens in a new tab, or throw corn on the cob on the grill for your next barbeque. Here’s a recipe for Grilled Corn with Chili Lime Butter opens in a new tab.
Add corn to leafy green, grain or pasta salads or make a corn salad with your favorite veggies and dressing. Here are a bunch of salad ideas:
Make your favorite corn muffins; add corn kernels to the batter before baking.
Add corn to tacos, burritos, tostadas and quesadillas, like this delicious Chicken, Corn and Roasted Pepper Quesadillas opens in a new tab.
Make Sweet Summer Corn and Avocado Relish opens in a new tab. Try it over grilled steak.
Add corn kernels to soups and stews.
Try Creamed Corn opens in a new tab (way better than the canned version!)
A Seafood Boil with Corn and Tomatoes opens in a new tab is the quintessential summer meal.
Make corn cakes like these Fresh Corn and Zucchini Cakes opens in a new tab.
Add corn kernels to pita pocket sandwiches, or try this amazing Shrimp, Corn and Red Pepper Sandwiches opens in a new tab recipe.
On a hot summer day, make Sweet Corn Soup with Peaches opens in a new tab.
Got a favorite corn recipe? Let me know.