• More Corn Please!

    Corn & Ricotta Crostini Corn Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

    By New York Family

    I know that we’ve already served up two posts, several recipes and even a poem about corn, but I figure, at this time of year, you can never get enough of the good stuff.

    I have to admit that, at peak season, I have a hard time resisting plain corn on the cob. It tends to be so sweet that you barely need butter and salt. It’s just perfect. But, these two recipes are always worth the (minimal!) effort. Lets start with my Fresh Corn and Ricotta Crostini.


    Crostini and bruschetta (read about the difference between the two) are one of my go-to, quick entertaining tricks. They are quick and easy, make use of what you have on hand and, most importantly, satisfying. After all, we’re talking about yummy pieces of toast topped with good stuff. In this case, corn sauteed with shallots (a combo as perfect as hot buttered corn cobs) over fresh ricotta. They take all of 20 minutes and one pan to make.

    Fresh Corn and Ricotta Crostini

    serves 4

    1/2-3/4 loaf bread (italian or baguette; day old is fine), cut into 1/2″ slices

    olive oil, to brush on bread and drizzle on cheese

    3 Tbsp organic butter

    1/2 c finely chopped shallots

    3 ears fresh corn, kernels cut from the cob

    one container ricotta cheese (fresh makes this especially delicious)

    salt and pepper, to taste

    chevril, basil or chives, for garnish (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In the meantime, lightly brush top side of bread slices. Toast until light golden brown.

    2. While bread toasts, heat butter in a large skillet. When sizzling, add shallots and saute until they just begin turning golden brown. Add corn and continue sauteing until corn is cooked through and you get a nice, light caramelization. Season older kid and adult portions with salt and pepper.

    3. Spread ricotta on bread—the exact amount depends on your taste. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Top with corn and shallot saute. Garnish with fresh herbs.

    I developed this next recipe for a really great blog event called Summer Fest. Every week for a little over a month, food bloggers around the country post recipes for the ingredient of the week. The week before last was corn and I figured, if I was going to go through the trouble of making something with corn (again, instead of just eating it right of the cob), I was going to go big!

    I served this corn salad over homemade corn cakes, which came out gorgeous! I sauteed fresh corn cut off of the cob, whipped up a batter and threw the two together ahead of time. Then, once the grilling began, I fried up the corn cakes. (Someone else was manning the grill.) By the time the cakes were done, I was handed grilled corn and a charred jalapeno. The rest came together 1-2-3: I cut the grilled corn off the cob, mixed it with the other salad ingredients and tossed it with a (spicy, if you’re me) lime vinaigrette. I topped the cakes with the corn salad, garnished with cilantro and crumbled cotija (or, more likely to be available) feta, and donezo.

    That all said, you can easily serve this salad on its own as a side. Though they are totally worth it, there’s no need to make the corn cakes unless you’re moved to. If you skip them, though, just make sure to toss cheese into the salad. Believe me, it’s worth it.

    Grilled Corn Salad with Lime Vinaigrette on Corn Cakes

    serves 4
    For the Corn Cakes (makes 12 cakes)

    2 Tbsp butter, plus more for frying cakes

    1/4 of a red onion, finely diced

    corn cut off of 3 ears

    salt and pepper

    3 eggs, lightly beaten

    1 c corn meal

    5 Tbsp milk

    2 Tbsp sugar

    For the Salad

    4 ears grilled corn, cut off of the cob

    3 scallion, chopped

    1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved (or quartered if large)

    cotija or feta cheese, crumbled

    cilantro, chopped, for garnish

    For the Vinaigrette

    1 jalapeno, roasted (blacken on the grill, seal in a bag, peel charred skin off)

    juice of 2 limes

    3 Tbsp olive oil

    2 tsp honey (use sugar or syrup if sharing with a child under 12 mos)

    2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

    1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped, plus more for garnish

    salt and pepper

    1. Make the corn cakes: Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion until translucent. Add corn and saute until soft and onions begin to caramelize. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from pan and set aside. Wipe pan down to use for corn cakes.

    2. Make the batter by whisking together eggs, corn meal, milk, sugar and a sprinkle of salt. Generously grease the bottom of the hot pan. Fry cakes in batches as you would pancakes, making each about 4-5″ in diameter. Set aside.

    3. Make the salad: Mix together the corn, tomatoes and scallions. I mixed some cheese into the salad, too (definitely do this is you’re skipping the corn cakes).

    4. Make the vinaigrette: Finely chop the grill-roasted jalapeno using as many of the seeds as you like, keeping in mind that the more you use the spicier it will be. (This can be kept fairly mild if you skip using the seeds and veins but, if you’re feeding children sensitive to spicy foods, you may want to skip the jalapeno all together.) Whisk together jalapeno, lime juice, oil, honey, garlic, cilantro, salt and pepper. Toss with salad.

    5. Top corn cakes with salad. Garnish with crumbled cheese and cilantro. Enjoy!

    Note: If you’re taking a liberal approach to food introductions, you can puree the corn salad (undressed or mixed with vinaigrette if it’s not spicy) for kids 6 mos. Or you can set aside naked corn and puree it on its own. Babies eating finger foods can also eat age-appropriate bite sized pieces of corn cake.

    Have you been eating tons of corn, too? How do you enjoy it best?! Share your favorite ways to eat sweet summer corn. And, as always, enjoy!

    *****

    Get more family-friendly recipes and tips on Stacie’s blog, One Hungry Mama. Kids change the way we cook, but they don’t have to change how well we eat.

  • Calendar

    Chinese Ribbon Dance Workshop At Battery Park City Library

    Ages 4 and up are invited to the Battery Park City Library for a Chinese Ribbon Dance Workshop! Margaret Yuen,... [more]

    Family Fishing Night In Prospect Park

    Families with children ages 8 and up can cast their line in the Prospect Park pond during Family Fishing Night.... [more]

    Truth Or Dare: Honesty and the High Holy Days At West End Synagogue

    The West End Synagogue will explore the topic of honesty in Judaism during a one-hour family program entitled "Honesty and... [more]

    Little Makers: Chill Out With A Fizzy Drink At The New York Hall of Science

    Want to know the secrets behind citrus fruits? Come to the New York Hall of  Science on Friday, August 22nd... [more]

    Movie: “The Wizard of Oz” In Hudson River Park

    Come to Hudson River Park's Pier 46 on Friday, August 22nd, at 8:30pm to watch 1939's The Wizard of Oz as the sun... [more]

    Symbolic Selfies At The Children’s Museum of the Arts

    For the young artist in your life, come to the Children's Museum of the Arts on Friday, August 22nd between... [more]

    Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day At USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

    Tennis fans and otherwise will have a blast at the Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day in Flushing Meadows, Corona Park! With... [more]

    Blues BBQ At Hudson River Park

    Combine your family’s love of Blues and BBQ! Hudson River Park’s Pier 84 is hosting this scrumptious festival with America’s... [more]

    Sprinkler Day At Asphalt Green

    Get some relief from the summer heat at Asphalt Green's Sprinkler Day on Saturday, August 23rd.  Starting at 10:30 a.m., your kids... [more]

    Brighton Jubilee Festival At Brighton Beach

    Come to the annual Brighton Jubilee Festival on Sunday, August 24th to experience multiple entertainment stages, shopping booths, kiddie rides,... [more]

    NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam At Governors Island

    If your little ones can’t get enough of cars, take them to see this classic VW show! The NYC Volkswagen Traffic... [more]

    August Hip Tot Family Day In Greenwood Park

    Greenwood Park is hosting an end-of-summer party for its monthly Hip Tot Family Day. There will be live music, crafts,... [more]

    Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at American Museum of Natural History

    Take a walk back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. In AMNH's latest exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the... [more]

    Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Exhibit At Discovery Times Square

    Suit up for the Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit at Discovery Times Square! Visitors will be given access to "intelligence files"... [more]

    Art Adventure Mondays At The Jewish Museum

    Explore the galleries of the Jewish Museum with stories, sketching, and exciting themes each week.... [more]

    Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at American Museum of Natural History

    Take a walk back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. In AMNH's latest exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the... [more]

    Blue Man Group

    This literally blue trio combines theater, art, and technology into a fascinatingly original performance that’s hard to describe. It’s recommended... [more]

    Cinderella on Broadway

    Originally produced for television in 1957 and starring an up-and-coming Julie Andrews, this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical made its Broadway... [more]

    Pterosaurs: Flight in the Age of Dinosaurs at American Museum of Natural History

    Take a walk back in time to when dinosaurs roamed the earth. In AMNH's latest exhibit, Pterosaurs: Flight in the... [more]

    Cinderella on Broadway

    Originally produced for television in 1957 and starring an up-and-coming Julie Andrews, this Rodgers & Hammerstein musical made its Broadway... [more]

    Gazillion Bubble Show

    This interactive show for all ages combines lasers, lights, and bubbles of all shapes and sizes. Audience members can even... [more]

  • Sign up here for the

    New York Family

    newsletters

    Given email address is already subscribed, thank you!
    Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later.
    Please provide a valid email address.
    Thank you, your sign-up request was successful! Please check your e-mail inbox.
    Please complete the CAPTCHA.
    Please fill in the required fields.
  • Latest Issue
  • New York Family Guides