9/29/08

Elote Salad


One of the best things about soccer is the snacks. I've talked about the paleta vendors but what I didn't mention was the other goodies they have. Chicharrones, baggies filled with cut up fresh fruit and veggies, mangoes cut into flower shapes with chili and lime juice sprinkled on them and the elotes. Elotes are ears of corn on a stick, sprayed with butter, sometimes mayonnaise, then coated in parmigiana cheese, lemon or lime juice, and chili powder.

Oh stop screaming, "ewwwwww, nasty!' at the computer screen. I can hear you. The combination sounds horribly wrong and I used to think the same thing until I tried one. I. Was. Wrong. [cough, cough... I never say that or admit I was wr-wr-wr-wrong]

"Krysta, what in the hell are you doing to that piece of corn?"

Check out how cool this is...

You put a piece of corn in the center of a bundt pan, cut the kernals off the cob...


and all the corn kernels fall into the bundt pan.

Cool beans! I have to give mad props to Kristen and MIL from going country for showing me this. It has made my life sooooo much easier. They have no idea. Two kids who can't eat corn on the cob but expect me to cut it off the cob for them and it always went everywhere including the floor. Shh... don't tell them but you know about the five second rule, right? Now thanks to Kristen and MIL, I don't have to feed my kids corn picked up off the kitchen floor.

This isn't an exact recipe.

Elote Salad
:

corn, cooked and cut off the cob. Use approximately 1 ear of corn per person.
jalapeno, finely chopped. How hot can you stand it? I used 1/2 a jalapeno for three ears of corn.
mayo
cilantro, finely chopped
lime juice
parmigiana cheese
salt and pepper to taste


Mix together. Eat.


Tasting Notes: Something you need to know...I hate corn off the cob. I hate the way it explodes in your mouth like little bombs. Same with peas. Just ewwww, but I do like this dish. It's actually the only corn I will eat off the cob. Spicy, sweet, cool, tangy. Yummy. I served this with Chicken That Tastes like Mexico and some rice.

17 comments:

bob marley & lucy liu said...

Oh FREAK! I LOVE LOVE LOVE elotes! I used to live in Chicago and would buy them off the carts daily...they nourished my first child as she grew in the womb :o)

Happy memories; can't wait to make this!!!!

your stalker, sandi in az

Caroline said...

OMG...what a great idea to cut corn!!! I love fresh corn with butter, lime juice, sea salt and dash of chili powder...talk about tasty!

KitchenKiki said...

I don't think the corn idea will work with my silicone bundt pan, but I will try the recipe. I can't believe I've never heard of it. There is a large Mexican population in this area.

Ari (Baking and Books) said...

What a neat way to take the kernels of a cob!! Genius!!

And that opening paragraph, boy did it make my mouth water. I grew up in an area where treats like that were just the thing. :)

Rayrena said...

Oh those flavors sound so good together. I'll eat corn on the cob, off the cob, off the kitchen loor, while laying on the kitchen floor, in a box, with a fox....

I also love already cooked corn, topped with shredded cheddar cheese and nuked in the microwave just long enough to melt the cheese.

Now I'm craving radishes with lime and chile.

asthmagirl said...

This sounds really different... almost a little too warm with the peppers, but still... like something I would want to try!

My youngest can't eat peas... but for her it's the flavor. I hadn't thought of the texture. I love both peas and corn and the way they 'pop'!

Thanks for the great recipe!

asthmagirl said...

This sounds really different... almost a little too warm with the peppers, but still... like something I would want to try!

My youngest can't eat peas... but for her it's the flavor. I hadn't thought of the texture. I love both peas and corn and the way they 'pop'!

Thanks for the great recipe!

Lisa said...

That actually sounds good to me! Great tip on the bundt pan. We're all cob eaters here tho, lol.

ntsc said...

You can also cut the first inch or so off the cob, so it is now flat, hold the other end with your off hand and have at it with a knife.

We do about 4 dozen ears each fall that way. Two meals a month.

Mama Goose said...

I have to admit it was me you heard eeeewwwwwwwwwwwww but I'm intrigued. I always tell my kids to try new things so I'm gonna do it.

The chicken looks awesome - but pray tell, what is California Chili Powder and how is it different from East Coast Chili Powder?

Mental P Mama said...

I think that sounds fantastic.

phillygirl64 said...

I just heard the tip about corn and the bundt pan somewhere else...so fun to see the picture

and whoa...what did you do to the blog...gonna miss the old header w/the line of sous chefs

Cheryl said...

Man my husband the corn lover would be soo interested in that! YUM

melissa said...

I didn't "eww" at all, I have a feeling I would love this. With chicken and rice, even better.

Kristin said...

Cool, yo. I FINALLY manage to log on to your site, and here I see mad props to me and the MiL. And of course, the MiL's dad, who was the actual genius who came up with the bundt pan idea.

You're the second person to link to that post about the corn. Who knew that a simple trick and a phallic corn photo would be my most popular post so far?

Two thumbs up on the new site.

Biz said...

What a great idea for the corn!

I've just recently starting grilling my corn directly on the grill, before I used to just steam it in the husk.

It gets all carmalized cooking it straight from the grill - so good!

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