Hi there! I hope you're having a great week! I decided to not post a project today, but I did want to share some food! :) You all know I appreciate my "feedings!" The summer time to me means fresh fruits and vegetables that you cannot always get year-round. we have a local farmer's market that I like to visit on Saturday mornings, but unfortunately I haven't gotten the chance just yet. But, that doesn't mean I can't get any fresh foods! I picked up some fresh white corn from my local grocery and green beans from Costco (ha)!
Fried corn is a staple in our family. My grandmother made it and boy could she throw down in the kitchen. I like to think that I got some skills from her, although deep down I know she was much better! Whenever we have a good 'down home meal,' fried corn is on the menu. To clear up any confusion with the term, "fried," it's basically stir fried in oil, but not deep battered fried!
I picked up a dozen ears of corn. A great tip is to shuck the corn before you leave the grocery store. Many stores now have huge trash cans stationed next to the corn to allow customers this 'shucking convenience!' This will save you prep time in the kitchen and also a lot of clean up too! You can select white, yellow, or mixed corn. I like mixing fried corn with white and yellow, but this time I forgot! The look of it is so cute!
Regarding the photo of the tools. Last year, I found that little yellow tool. It has plastic 'fingers' and I use it to clean the corn. It is a very soft brush and removes most of the silk. The other tool is by Oxo and I found it at Williams-Sonoma I believe. It is supposed to be used to cut the corn from the cob. I used it this time and did not really like it. I think because there is a learning curve to it, so for now I went back to my trusty knife (also from Williams-Sonoma, which is where that little yellow tool was probably purchased too)!
Anyway, here's how I make my version (not my Nanny's by the way, but close I add an extra kick if you can guess which ingredient that is). The hardest part of making fried corn is cutting it from the cobs! If you watch TV and do it, you'll feel better! I have a iHome in my kitchen and usually sing really loud and dance hard too! :)
By the way, I made a little plate for my sister. She LOVES fried corn and her birthday is coming up, so I'm going to head over to DC and drop some off to her for lunch today!
- Shuck corn.
- Clean corn and remove silk.
- Cut kernels from cob using knife or tool. Be careful not to cut all the way to the core.
- Using the back side of the knife, scrape each cob to get the milk or 'juice' from the cob.
- Add oil to pan and heat.
- Add corn.
- Season corn with salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper.
- Stir constantly. Corn will stick if you leave it there - NOT GOOD - trust me! :)
- Depending on size of corn ears, makes 4-6 good helpings.
12 ears of fresh corn (white, yellow, or mixed)
2-3 Tbsp corn oil
Pinches of salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper
**Alternative recipe: Add some heavy cream and flour to the recipe and create a more cream-style fried corn. Use butter instead of oil, but either would really work!
Thanks for visiting today! I hope you will try some fried corn one day!