A multitude of tall, slender corn stalks bear two ears of fresh sweet corn a piece in my vegetable garden each growing season. Peaches and cream and golden queen corn are two of my family’s favorite for both their taste and appearance. But as much as we like the flavor of fresh ears of sweet corn (old timers call them roastin’ ears) picked and boiled or grilled and served within minutes, an abundant harvest often has me scrambling for ways to use up the excess sweet corn between eating on the cob and preserving it. Cut some kernels off the cob and give these 11 recipe uses a try for fresh cut corn the next time you’re wondering what to fix for your family to eat.
* Put half-cup of fresh cut corn in your favorite cornbread recipe to make corny cornbread.
* Stir in half a cup of kernels to freshly prepared, hot mashed potatoes.
* Add half a cup to a layer of lasagna.
* Toss half a cup into your favorite hot or cold pasta recipe.
* Sprinkle a quarter to half-cup of corn kernels on top of vegetable pizza for added nutrients and color.
* Sprinkle freshly cut corn kernels over a green salad for extra crunch.
* Whisk in half a cup of kernels into grits during the last minute of cooking along with Parmesan cheese.
* Fold into beaten eggs to create a corn omelet.
* Sprinkle over quesadilla filling for added flavor and crunch.
* Add half a cup of kernels to fresh tomato salsa.
* Add a quarter cup of fresh cut corn to a can of chicken noodle soup for a more substantial and filling lunch.
Corn is high in fiber and water, low in calories and helps keep you feeling fuller longer. Corn also is rich in folic acid, vitamin C, potassium and niacin.
How to Cut Corn
To cut corn off the cob easily, first shuck the ears and remove silks. Everyone has their own ‘best’ way to remove silks, I hold one ear at a time under running water and rub my hands in a twisting motion back and forth against the grain to remove the silks, then pick of any strays individually.
Invert a smaller bowl inside a larger bowl, stand an ear up its end in the center of the smaller bowl while firmly grasping the top end of the ear. Place sharp knife at top of ear and slice downward in one motion, turning the ear to cut all the way around. The kernels will fall off into the large bowl without making a mess.
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