Back in the recess of my mind, when conjuring up the basics for this blog, I figured that summer would take the cake. You know, the endless visits to farm stands, the delicious dishes made from local foods, the interesting farmers to chat with. And I do make endless trips to the farm stands and secretly feel sorry for those not as fortunate. And I do make delicious dishes, but most tend to be slicing the veggies, adding perhaps some good salt and pepper, maybe cooking them quickly on the grill. And the farmers are great, but they are in the midst of a crazy selling season and are just trying to keep their wits about them. My mantra, especially in the summer, is “start with the best and don’t mess it up.” While I don’t have full time foragers like Alice Waters, I do live just down the road from several of her favorite purveyors. Living large while living local is so possible in my humble abode.
And then I saw this recipe that combined creamed corn with fresh tomatoes. Perhaps Dante had a special level of hell for that. But I read, I considered, I adapted, and I was convinced. Consider this a substantial side dish, or a perfect main a bit of bread.
Corn and heirloom tomatoes from Smith Family Farms
Adapted from a recipe printed in The Week
Creamed Corn with Brie, Tomatoes, and Pine Nuts
2 ears corn shucked, kernels removed
1/3 cup heavy cream
3 TBS brie, rind removed
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup pine nuts, lightly toasted
2 large tomatoes, thickly sliced
fresh basil, sliced
1. Combine corn kernels and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Cover and cook 5 minutes. Uncover, stir, and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in brie cheese and pepper and cook until sauce thickens, about 5 more minutes.
2. For each serving, start with a tomato slice, top with 2 TBS creamed corn, top with another tomato slice and more creamed corn. Garnish with pine nuts and basil.
- Be sure to get a bit of basil in each bite!
- The original recipe called for Gorgonzola for a “funky flavor that worked well” but I didn’t want anything that would complete with the corn and tomato, hence the brie.
- Now I’m looking for a savory main to dress with this creamed corn.