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» Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Summer Food - Sweet Corn

Days 'till Memorial Day: 12

Days 'till A Little Light Magic: 13

Days 'till the Summer Solstice: 39

My summer food hall of fame continues with sweet corn. Mmmmmm.....

As a kid, my sister and I spent a lot of time before each family party shucking corn. The husk was relatively easy to get off, but the silk? Forget it. The stuff clung to the ears of corn, to our hands, to our clothes, to everything. And cooking the corn on the cob could only happen after boiling a big pot of water, which took forever. Especially if you watched the pot, lol.

I don't have that sticky problem now. I learned a nifty trick for easy steamed corn. Just strip off one layer of outer husk, and snip off the silk end with a scissors. Then just pop it in the microwave for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes per ear, depending on your microwave and how fresh the corn is (fresh corn needs a little more time).

This makes the corn steam inside the husk perfectly. Careful peeling the hot husk off - the steam can burn you! But once it's off - enjoy! Preferably with butter and salt, but plain is delicious, too, if the corn is really sweet and fresh.

You can do up to half a dozen or so ears at a time this way - but you have to increase the time for each ear. So 6 ears would be 18 - 21 minutes. If you're having a huge crowd over, you might need to resort to the old boiling or steamer pot method. But for just a few ears, microwave rules!

Here's another treat you can make with your sweet corn:

Sweet Corn Fritters

1 cup sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk
2 teaspoons melted butter
2-1/2 cup steamed sweet corn, cut off the cob
oil for frying.

Sift flour with baking powder and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, milk and melted butter. Stir wet mixture into flour mixture. Add corn and mix with just a few strokes.

Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a frying pan until sizzling. Drop batter by a tablespoon at a time into hot oil and fry for 3 to 5 minutes, turning once. Serve hot!

Don't forget:
This week's prizes...FIVE great summer reads courtesy of the nice folks at Dorchester Publishing. Comment on any post from Monday May 11 through Saturday May 16 to enter the contest. Five winners chosen at random and posted on Sunday May 17.
  • A TASTE OF MAGIC by Tracy Madison
  • GOTCHA! by Christie Craig
  • SIREN'S SECRET by Trish Albright
  • DEEP MAGIC by Joy Nash
See ya tomorrow!

Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!

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Blogger Unknown said...

sweet corn fritters are like my all time favorite indulgence! so good!

Thanks for the recipe!


9:27 AM  
Blogger housemouse88 said...

Never tired sweet corn fritters. Think I need to. Have a great day.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Estella said...

Sweet corn is a summer staple in my house, but I have never tried sweet corn fritters.

3:30 PM  
Blogger Margay Leah Justice said...

I've never tried corn fritters, either, but they sound kind of good.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Joy, your making me hungry again. I'm not sure is I have ever tried corn fritters so I may have to try your recipe. I do love fresh sweet corn.

6:59 PM  
Blogger chey said...

Hi Joy,
I always enjoy the sweetcorn in the summer. I never tried the fritters though. Your recipe looks good!

8:08 PM  
Blogger Mari said...

I have never made corn fritters before, although I do love cornbread. I learned how to make it the right way from a wonderful southern lady next door.

9:25 PM  
Blogger Kammie said...

Neat trick for the sweet corn. I'm going to have to try that.

9:47 PM  
Blogger darbyscloset said...

I am loving your receipes! Sweet corn is one of my fav's!!!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

10:38 PM  
Blogger traveler said...

Sweet corn is delightful in the summer. Your recipe looks great.

11:05 PM  
Blogger kimmyl said...

I love corn fritters. I'm loving these recipes.

11:19 PM  
Blogger Gaby317 said...

Thanks for the tip re: the microwave! I usually just boil them but that takes more washing up as well.

There's a type of corn that my mom said we could eat raw when it's very very fresh, so we did. Is this true? We've always been fine but some friends were saying that we likely just didn't feel like cooking the corn!

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

3:01 AM  
Blogger Cynthya said...

I love fresh corn cut off the cob and cooked for a very short time, around 2 minutes. I add a dash of milk, a pinch of sugar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper--perfection.

3:32 AM  
Blogger kmt1976 said...

Young field corn has bigger kernels and tastes great - don't let it get too old though or ugh!

8:51 AM  
Blogger Pam P said...

Love corn, corn fritters, corn anything. We look for white corn at the local farmer's markets, sweet and so good. My BIL is an excellent griller, does his in husk on the grill perfectly.

5:29 PM  
Blogger CherylS22 said...

Corn on the cob is one of my all-time favorite summer treats.


6:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This is the second comment that got lost. I must be doing something wrong. We of course love corn, the cream and sugar type with white and yellow kernels. My mom made corn fritters and I did too when the kids were younger (they are 26 to 35). Loved them.

12:02 AM  

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