Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Salsa

So hubs and I are kinda… okay REALLY big fans of the fair! It’s sort of nostalgic for us as Mike brought me there very early in our realtionship. Come to think of it, I think it was atually on our 2nd date (1st date was at Dexter’s). Anyhow, we try to make it to the South Florida  Fair each year if we can.

We missed it this year, but hit up the Central Florida Fair instead with my sister-in-law and her hubby:

What is it about the fair that we love so much? Do we go for the rides? Nope (although we enjoy an occasional few). Do we go for the petting zoo? DEFINITELY NOT (gag me that place stinks and makes me want to vomit)! Do we go to people watch? I guess that’s part of it (“Carnies” are some interesting folk!). The main reason we go? HELLO, for the fair food!

I know, I know, it’s not exactly culinary genius at it’s finest, but it’s just such darn tasty greasy goodness. And for whatever reason, it’s the one time a year that deep fried everything is okay. No one judges you. No one looks as you funny when you follow a jumbo corn dog with a plate of funnel cake. haha I do have to say, I pretty much eat lettuce all day before going and then hubs and I split everything we order so we can get a broad sampling of all the goods (not that I need to explain myself!!)! ;)

Anyways, our favorite fair foods? The Jumbo Corn Dog, the BBQ Chicken Kabob, and of course… the Roasted Corn!

Roasted Corn… there is no better way to eat corn. Unless you cut it off the cobb, add some roasted jalapeno, red onion, lime juice and cilantro! Top your steak tacos with that amazingness… or you can use your tortilla chips as a shovel err… spoon! hah

This tasty dipper stems from our favorite way to prepare corn – on the grill. There is something magical that happens when that corn hits that high heat. It gets this gorgeous caramelized color which brings out a touch of sweetness from the  natural sugars in the corn.

So we thought we’d combine the roasted deliciousness with our favorite cuisine: Mexican. I sometimes think I was born in the wrong culture… just sayin. A meal is not complete for me without cayenne, lime juice, and garlic. Really. Ask the hubs. He actually used to be allergic to garlic. I refused to stop cooking with it, and hubs has now built up an immunity to it. Your welcome honey. :)

Okay, seriously though, go make this salsa! Use it to top tacos, chicken, fish, or just as one amazing dip!

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Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Salsa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Delicious roasted corn and jalapeno salsa with tangy lime juice.

Ingredients:

4 ears yellow corn, lightly oiled and salted
2 jalapenos, lightly oiled and salted
½ cup finely chopped red onion
handful of cilantro, chopped (equals 2 TBS chopped)
juice of 1 lime
½ tsp salt

Directions:

Preheat grill to 400° F. Add the jalapeno and corn, turning every 5 minutes. Remove the jalapeno after 10 minutes (it will have cooked for 5 minutes on each side) and continue cooking the corn, rotating in quarter turns. The corn needs 20 minutes total (5 minutes on each side).

In a bowl add the chopped onion, cilantro, and lime juice. Take the jalapenos and chop the tops off, cut them in half lengthwise, and scrape out the seeds. Dice finely and add to the bowl.

Once corn is cool to touch, Cut the kernals off of the cobb. I like to used my bundt pan to do this. Balance the corn cobb in the center hole, and use a knife to slice the kernals off and they'll fall neatly into the pan (no flying kernals!).

Add corn to the bowl and mix well. Season with salt to taste.

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17 Responses to “Roasted Corn and Jalapeno Salsa”

  1. 1

    Bev Weidner — August 16, 2011 @ 12:21 pm

    I think I just might!

    And by that I mean, YES.

    • Kristina replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      haha you should.

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    Jackie — August 16, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    I love this! Sounds so fresh and yum. And,I love the bundt pan trick =)

    • Kristina replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      Enjoy! Bundt pan trick will change your life ;)

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    Sara — August 16, 2011 @ 12:37 pm

    Oh wow, this salsa sounds fantastic! I’m printing it off and making it soon. :) I miss the fair. The fair here in Colorado isn’t all that great but I do miss the Kansas State Fair — I was born and raised in Kansas. And where I come from, those large hotdogs are called Pronto Pups and they are fantastic :)

    • Kristina replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      ooo Pronto pups? i like the sound of it!

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    Megan — August 16, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    Love isn’t love til you give it away, so give it away.

    You forgot to mention the real reason you go to the fair…B.E.T. :) that pic is one of my favs. And now I want a corn dog

    • Kristina replied: — August 16th, 2011 @ 1:43 pm

      bahaha i literally just laughed out loud! Funniest night ever. and i love that pic of all of us too! :)

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    lindsay — August 16, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    LOVE your blog! and love the recipes too!

    • Kristina replied: — August 17th, 2011 @ 11:48 am

      aww thanks so much Lindsay!!

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    Kelly — August 17, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    Go Nationals!! I’m from the DC area so its awesome to see your hats! Love this recipe, this looks absolutely delicious!! xoxo

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — August 17, 2011 @ 1:34 pm

    Oh I love roasted corn, I could eat this entire thing in one sitting- for sure!

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    RavieNomNoms — August 17, 2011 @ 3:58 pm

    This is a super cute post! There is nothing wrong with that! There is a fair that comes around up in the Northeast called the Big E and I always go crazy over the food, you only get it once a year! haha anyways, your salsa looks extremely delicious

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    Katie D — August 18, 2011 @ 10:52 am

    I made this for our book club last night with one change…added an avocado! It was SO delicious, and while it was really easy everyone was impressed and thought it was much harder. This will be a go-to for me! :-)

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    myFudo — August 18, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    The corn really look delicious. Am left craving for it :) Lovely post

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    Liz — August 21, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    I’m totally with you on the fair, the food is def the best thing! So, it doesn’t say in your instructions, but the corn has been husked, yes?

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