Monday, July 11, 2011

Stand Out Sides: Roasted Corn Salsa

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The other day, John and I were busy making dinner.  Well, the beginnings of dinner anyway.  It always gets to the end of the week and we haven't yet gone food shopping (I haven't made a list, or done my coupons yet), and so we root around for what to eat. 

This week, I had some great corn which I got at the market for very cheap.  So, I decided to make a roasted corn salsa.  I roasted the corn in the oven (sigh, where is my big outdoor grill?), and added basically everything in my cabinets.  The result was a light refreshing salsa that I really enjoyed.  I guess I use the term "salsa" loosely because it is hardly like anything you buy in the food store.

I also made homemade tortilla chips which, are really easy if you're ever eager to try them.  I always wait until I have a few tortillas about to go stale before I make them.  It recycles food we would have otherwise had to have thrown out, and I think they are delicious.  I throw a little salt, pepper, and lime juice on them (because John loves lime juice).  Cut the tortillas into four triangles and put them on a greased cookie sheet under the broiler for about 3 minutes.  They get a really lovely color on them, and they are delicious!
Roasted Corn Salsa
Serves:  4 (2 cups salsa)
2 ears of corn, husked
1 plum tomato, chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup red onion, sliced thin
Tortilla chips to serve

Grease the ears of corn and place them horizontally in the oven.  Turn on the broiler and turn the corn after about 3 minutes.  The corn should get browned.  Cut the kernels off the cob and mix with tomato, cilantro, lime juice, and red onion.  Let sit in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes (or up to overnight) before serving. 

I'm sure I don't have to tell you but the longer these flavors sit, the better they taste!  And, it is so easy.  I almost always have these ingredients in the house (especially in the summer) that we really should never eat store-bought salsa in the summer again.  It was also much better for you as I didn't add any extra seasonings, salt, etc.  Just pure summer deliciousness!

Until the next time my oven is on...

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