I literally jumped for joy when I found fresh, organic summer corn on the cob at the farmer's market this week. I bought 4 ears, not sure what I'd do with them. Then I grabbed some peppers and smoked trout and the wheels began to turn... —Sara
Test Kitchen Notes
Sara's salad uses corn as a jumping-off point for something really unusual. She binds an assortment of lightly cooked veggies (shallots, pepper, green beans and corn) with a lemon juice and maple syrup dressing that's both light and creamy because it's made in a blender. Purple basil, which wilts slightly due to the heat, adds color and fragrance, and fresh ancho (a.k.a. poblano) lends a bit of heat. The salad serves as a bed for smoked trout (we recommend a good-quality brand that's not too salty), and the whole thing is topped off with a thick slice of homemade rye garlic bread. Sara calls for young garlic, which is delicious but pungent, so you may want to use a smaller clove. - A&M —The Editors
2 for dinner, more for apps
Garlic Rye Toasts
thick slices rye toast
good butter, softened
clove fresh, young garlic
For the salad
fresh ancho chili pepper, diced
red pepper, diced
fresh green beans, cut into 1 inch pieces
Toast rye bread. Mince garlic very finely, almost to a paste and mix with butter. Set aside for the moment.
Heat olive oil in saute pan to hot, but not smoking. Add in shallots and peppers and a pinch of sea salt. Saute 2-3 mins over medium heat, until shallots start to get translucent. Add green beans and saute another 5-8 minutes, until everything is tender, but still has a crunch. Add corn kernals and saute 2-3 minutes. Take pan off of heat, tear basil into large pieces and stir to combine. Heat will wilt basil, but not over cook.
Add lemon juice, maple syrup, mustard and 3 tablespoons olive oil and a pinch of sea salt in blender. Blend until combined. Pour over corn and pepper mixture. Toss to coat all the veggies.
Split corn and pepper mixture between two large soup bowls (use 4 smaller bowls or plates is serving as appetizer). Break smoked trout into large pieces and divide between bowls, placing it on top of corn mixture. Spread garlic butter on toasted rye bread while it is still warn and serve along side the salad. Garnish with piece of the purple basil for dramatic flair.