Everything about food, from matching food and wine to recipes, techniques and trends.
User avatar
User

Mike Filigenzi

Rank

Known for his fashionable hair

Posts

7079

Joined

Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:43 pm

Location

Sacramento, CA

RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Mike Filigenzi » Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:06 am

This recipe has a heavy "Des Moines church social" vibe to it, as the main ingredients are canned. Therefore, it's one that a dedicated foodie might not want to cop to. Nonetheless, it's pretty darn good stuff. It's vegan and gluten free, too! I've made it a couple of times and it's been a hit with everyone who's tried it:

1 can corn
1 can black beans (drained for sure, rinsed if you want)
3 stalks celery, chopped
4 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup (or so) cilantro, chopped (more if you like cilantro, less if you're Cynthia)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 or 4 big spoonfuls of prepared salsa, spicy as you want, with more added to taste
salt and pepper

Throw it all in a bowl. Mix. Chill. Eat.

Of course, you can make it more foodie-worthy if you want, so when I made the last batch, I used corn from our farmers' market that I grilled in the husk and then sliced off the ears. I also added smoked sea salt. Was this better? Yep. Was it all that much better? Nope. This recipe takes advantage of the fact that canned corn really isn't that bad and canned black beans are quite good. You could alter it a number of ways to add a little complexity or interest, but I don't think this would make it significantly better.
"People who love to eat are always the best people"

- Julia Child
no avatar
User

Carl Eppig

Rank

Our Maine man

Posts

4039

Joined

Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:38 pm

Location

Middleton, NH, USA

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Carl Eppig » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:19 pm

Not embarrassed; sounds great!
User avatar
User

Carrie L.

Rank

Golfball Gourmet

Posts

2525

Joined

Thu Oct 12, 2006 9:12 am

Location

Extreme Southwest & Extreme Northeast

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Carrie L. » Tue Jul 03, 2012 1:44 pm

That sounds like "Cowboy Caviar," which I make a lot (for informal gatherings) and serve with tortilla chips. Always a hit.
Hello. My name is Carrie, and I...I....still like oaked Chardonnay. (I feel so much better now.)
no avatar
User

Karen/NoCA

Rank

Hunter/Gatherer

Posts

5264

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:55 pm

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Karen/NoCA » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:48 pm

Nothing wrong with that recipe Mike, and it is darn good....I've had similar myself. Since I am a tweaker, I always try to use fresh stuff, but when it comes to canned beans, I find them just as good, if not better than their dried version.

I will say however, I am such a fan of charred corn cobs on the grill, I have a collection of excellent salad recipes using them. Making one tomorrow, in fact.
no avatar
User

Shaji M

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

690

Joined

Thu Apr 05, 2007 4:24 pm

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Shaji M » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:21 pm

Mike, that actually sounds really good.
Karen, I have been lately adding charred corn to our salads. It makes old favorites even better, especially if you "cheat" and add mango/peach salsa to the oil/vinegar dressing!!
-Shaji
no avatar
User

Karen/NoCA

Rank

Hunter/Gatherer

Posts

5264

Joined

Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:55 pm

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Karen/NoCA » Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:19 pm

Shaji M wrote:Mike, that actually sounds really good.
Karen, I have been lately adding charred corn to our salads. It makes old favorites even better, especially if you "cheat" and add mango/peach salsa to the oil/vinegar dressing!!
-Shaji

Wow, a great tip, thanks! :) Yummy!
no avatar
User

Frank Deis

Rank

Wine guru

Posts

2076

Joined

Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:20 pm

Location

NJ

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Frank Deis » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:10 am

Well, bucking a trend here, I will say "CANNED CORN??!?!?! NOW?? YUCK!"

You can buy good corn, I'm sure of it.

Do you know the Mexican dish, "Elote"? Very easy and very delicious.

You want Cotija cheese but failing that use parmigiano or romano.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mexican-co ... cob-elote/

Not the best recipe but cheese + corn = delish.

PS I see you tried it with fresh grilled corn as well. C'est bien!
User avatar
User

Mike Filigenzi

Rank

Known for his fashionable hair

Posts

7079

Joined

Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:43 pm

Location

Sacramento, CA

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Mike Filigenzi » Wed Jul 04, 2012 12:43 am

Frank Deis wrote:Well, bucking a trend here, I will say "CANNED CORN??!?!?! NOW?? YUCK!"

You can buy good corn, I'm sure of it.

Do you know the Mexican dish, "Elote"? Very easy and very delicious.

You want Cotija cheese but failing that use parmigiano or romano.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mexican-co ... cob-elote/

Not the best recipe but cheese + corn = delish.

PS I see you tried it with fresh grilled corn as well. C'est bien!


The canned corn works darned well in this application. I will say, though, that the biggest improvement in the grilled corn version is in the texture of the corn. It's not a huge improvement but it's definitely noticeable. There's a slight improvement in the corn flavor, but with all of the other flavor elements in this, it gets a bit lost.
"People who love to eat are always the best people"

- Julia Child
no avatar
User

Jenise

Rank

FLDG Dishwasher

Posts

26635

Joined

Tue Mar 21, 2006 3:45 pm

Location

The Pacific Northest Westest

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Jenise » Wed Jul 04, 2012 5:57 pm

Mike Filigenzi wrote:
Frank Deis wrote:Well, bucking a trend here, I will say "CANNED CORN??!?!?! NOW?? YUCK!"

You can buy good corn, I'm sure of it.

Do you know the Mexican dish, "Elote"? Very easy and very delicious.

You want Cotija cheese but failing that use parmigiano or romano.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mexican-co ... cob-elote/

Not the best recipe but cheese + corn = delish.

PS I see you tried it with fresh grilled corn as well. C'est bien!


The canned corn works darned well in this application. I will say, though, that the biggest improvement in the grilled corn version is in the texture of the corn. It's not a huge improvement but it's definitely noticeable. There's a slight improvement in the corn flavor, but with all of the other flavor elements in this, it gets a bit lost.


When fresh is too much trouble, why not default to frozen? Much better than canned.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov
User avatar
User

Mike Filigenzi

Rank

Known for his fashionable hair

Posts

7079

Joined

Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:43 pm

Location

Sacramento, CA

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Mike Filigenzi » Wed Jul 04, 2012 8:41 pm

Jenise wrote:
Mike Filigenzi wrote:
Frank Deis wrote:Well, bucking a trend here, I will say "CANNED CORN??!?!?! NOW?? YUCK!"

You can buy good corn, I'm sure of it.

Do you know the Mexican dish, "Elote"? Very easy and very delicious.

You want Cotija cheese but failing that use parmigiano or romano.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mexican-co ... cob-elote/

Not the best recipe but cheese + corn = delish.

PS I see you tried it with fresh grilled corn as well. C'est bien!


The canned corn works darned well in this application. I will say, though, that the biggest improvement in the grilled corn version is in the texture of the corn. It's not a huge improvement but it's definitely noticeable. There's a slight improvement in the corn flavor, but with all of the other flavor elements in this, it gets a bit lost.


When fresh is too much trouble, why not default to frozen? Much better than canned.


That's definitely an option, although IMHO, there's not a big difference for the purposes of this dish.
"People who love to eat are always the best people"

- Julia Child
no avatar
User

Ted Richards

Rank

Ultra geek

Posts

220

Joined

Wed Aug 06, 2008 3:00 pm

Location

Toronto, Canada

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Ted Richards » Thu Jul 05, 2012 1:12 pm

Frank Deis wrote:Well, bucking a trend here, I will say "CANNED CORN??!?!?! NOW?? YUCK!"


I'm with you. I find canned corn inedible, but I love fresh and frozen corn as long as they're not sweet.
Last edited by Ted Richards on Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:14 pm, edited 1 time in total.
no avatar
User

Carl Eppig

Rank

Our Maine man

Posts

4039

Joined

Tue Jun 13, 2006 2:38 pm

Location

Middleton, NH, USA

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Carl Eppig » Thu Jul 05, 2012 5:10 pm

Ted Richards wrote:I love fresh and frozen corn as long as they're not sweet.


Yuk!
User avatar
User

Dale Williams

Rank

Compassionate Connoisseur

Posts

7978

Joined

Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:32 pm

Location

Dobbs Ferry, NY (NYC metro)

Re: RCP: Embarrassing Corn Salad

by Dale Williams » Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:22 pm

thanks, did this with grilled corn, thought pretty good!

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 2 guests

Powered by phpBB ® | phpBB3 Style by KomiDesign