Summer is officially here, and we think our plates and palates should reflect the light, bright, and fresh atmosphere of the season. At the same time, you don’t want to find yourself habitually making the same corn on the cob or grilled chicken you start serving every summer. The season has no shortage of seasonal ingredients, and by using the freshest ones possible, you’ll add bright colors to your meals and escape your customary culinary choices. To see how to add a little pizzaz to your plate, check out these six recipes.
1. Summer Corn Sauté
When you’ve groen tired of corn on the cob, turn to this sauté from Bon Appétit for a new way to get fresh corn on your plate. Loaded with herbs, you’ll find it to be a flavorful side dish that makes six servings.
- ¼ cup (½ stick) butter
- 1 large shallot, chopped
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 6 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 9 large ears)
- 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
- ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup chopped assorted fresh herbs (such as basil, cilantro, chives, and parsley)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh dill
- ¼ cup chopped fresh tarragon
Directions: Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add shallot and cumin seeds. Sauté until shallot is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Add corn kernels, 1 teaspoon coarse salt, and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Sauté until corn is tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in all herbs. Season to taste with salt. Transfer corn to bowl and serve.