One of the great pleasures of summer is corn on the cob — sweet, crunchy and in certain ways, good for you.
Corn is a complex carbohydrate that’s high in fiber and contains nutrients that boost eye and digestive health.
At the same time, it’s difficult to digest, so decide whether you’re up to it before indulging.
SOUTHWESTERN SAUTEED CORN
1 tablespoon butter
3-1/3 cups fresh corn or 1 package (16 ounces) frozen corn
1 plum tomato, chopped
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro
In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat. Add corn; cook and stir until tender, 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in tomato, lime juice, salt and cumin.
Cook until heated through, 3-4 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in cilantro.
GRILLED CORN WITH HERB BUTTER
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tender herbs (such as cilantro, chives, and/or flat-leaf parsley)
1-1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 ears corn, shucked
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Prepare grill for medium-high heat. Mix butter, herbs, salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Set herb butter aside. Brush corn with oil and grill, turning often, until it is tender and charred in spots, 5-8 minutes.
Transfer corn to a large platter or bowl and spread with reserved herb butter, dividing evenly.
BLUEBERRY AND CORN CRISP
Ingredients for the filling:
5 cups fresh (or frozen, thawed) blueberries
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
For the topping and assembly:
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
2/ 3 cup coarse-grind cornmeal or polenta
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
10 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 large ear)
Toss blueberries, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, cornstarch, and salt in a shallow 2qt. baking dish.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Whisk flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl to combine. Using your hands, work butter into dry ingredients until no dry spots remain and mixture holds together when squeezed. Add corn and toss to evenly distribute. Press topping between your fingers and break into large pieces over filling.
Bake crisp until topping is golden brown and juices are thick and bubbling, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool 30 minutes before serving.
1 pound sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 3/4-inch cubes
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
12 corn tortillas (6 inches each)
1 medium onion, diced
1-1/2 tablespoons dark chili powder
1/2 tablespoon chipotle powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 cup roasted or thawed frozen corn
1 cup roasted red peppers
1 can (15 ounces) low-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups cooked shortgrain brown rice
1 can (8 ounces) enchilada sauce
1 cup shredded low-fat pepper Jack cheese, divided
1 avocado, thinly sliced
1 scallion, chopped
6 sprigs fresh cilantro
Heat oven to 300°F. In a bowl, toss potatoes in 1 tablespoons oil; spread on a baking sheet. Bake until potatoes are soft and browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
Wrap tortillas in foil; bake 10 minutes.
In a large pan over medium heat, heat remaining 1⁄2 tablespoon oil. Add onion, chili powder, chipotle and cumin; cook until onion is tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add corn, peppers and black beans; cook 5 minutes. Set aside half of corn mixture. Add potatoes, rice and enchilada sauce to pan; cook 6 minutes.
Place 6 tortillas on a baking sheet. Spread potato mixture and 1⁄2 cup cheese evenly among tortillas. Top with remaining 6 tortillas, remaining 1⁄2 cup cheese and reserved corn mixture; bake 7 minutes. Divide avocado, scallion and cilantro among enchiladas.