I have quite a few TV cooking muses — primarily Giada de Laurentiis, Ree Drummond, and Ina Garten. Ina Garten aka The Barefoot Contessa has this side dish that makes my mouth water just thinking about it. It’s perfect to make as a side dish in the summertime because it uses fresh corn and, honestly, what’s a better time to use fresh corn on the cob?
Here’s the link to her original recipe. Mine is tweaked a bit 🙂 However, I must give credit where credit is due!!
Confetti Corn — a yummy summer side!
- 2 tbsp of olive oil and 1 tbsp of butter to coat your skillet
- 1 shallot or 1 small red onion (your choice), finely minced
- 1 red bell pepper and 1 orange bell pepper, diced
- 3 fresh ears of corn, kernels sliced off CAREFULLY (esp if you’d like to keep your fingers)
- 1 tbsp of butter
- 1/2 tsp salt and 1 tsp of black pepper
- 1/2 c. of your favorite fresh herbs, chopped finely (I personally only used basil, but use whichever fresh herbs strike your fancy)
~ In a large skillet, warm the butter and olive oil while you prepare the onion or shallot. Add the shallot to the pan and hear that telling, yummy sizzle…
~ Next, add your bell peppers and allow these to cook down until they’re soft.
~ When the veggies are soft and almost translucent, stir in your freshly cut corn kernels. Be careful when you’re cutting the kernels from the cob, because I’ve had some near-misses with the old fingers over here. Now, add the salt, pepper, and extra tbsp of butter. This is a very important step because it is delivering all the spice and buttery goodness we come to expect with corn on the cob.
~ After a few minutes, the corn will begin to release its starches, making a bit of a thick juice in the pan. At this point, remove from heat and add some freshly chopped herbs. As I indicated in the ingredients list, use whatever you want…I’m just obsessed with basil !!
~ Now you can see why it’s called Confetti Corn, right? Look at that color party!! This would also do well with some juicy tomatoes or small pieces of zucchini…whichever summer veggies you personally enjoy!! This makes a killer side with some steak and mashed potatoes. How do I know? Because that was Friday’s insanely good dinner… Maybe some day I’ll share my mashed potato recipe….
~ Now, enjoy your summer veggies, cooked together into a lovely medley of color, spice, and flavor!! Definitely a winning way to eat your veggies, amiright?!!