My daughter K loves to cook and try new things. She must get that from her big sister, because I am not usually inclined to just look for something to try! But she saw a recipe for Corn Salsa on the Food Network channel and really wanted to try it. So she added all the ingredients she needed to my grocery list and waited, and waited for grocery day!
I was a little skeptical, remember I don't try new things, but it is fantastic and I can't stop eating it! It's an added bonus that it is good for you, using corn and beans and all!
Here's the recipe:
* 4 ears corn, shucked
* 3 tomatillos, papery outer skin removed
* 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
* 2 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
* 4 scallions, thinly sliced
* 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped, optional
* 1/4 to 1/2 cup white vinegar
* 1/4 cup canola oil
* Kosher salt
* 1/2 bunch cilantro, leaves roughly chopped
Preheat the grill to medium. Use a wire grill brush to loosen any crud or soot from the grate. Use an oiled side towel to remove any loosened crud.
Put the corn and the tomatillos on the grill and grill until they get charred and black on all sides. Remove from the grill and let cool.
Cut the kernels from the corn cob and scrape any residual bits of corn off the cob. Scrape any really charred bits of skin off the tomatillos and then cut them into 1/2-inch chunks.
In a large bowl, combine the corn, tomatillos, black beans, garlic, scallions, and jalapenos, if using. In a small bowl or measuring cup, combine the vinegar and oil. Pour over the salsa and season with salt, to taste. Taste and adjust the seasoning, if needed. Toss in the cilantro and serve.
We made a few adjustments. Since K was making this on her own, I didn't send my 11 year old out to grill the corn and tomatillos. She cooked the ears of corn on the stove pot in boiling water. As a matter of fact, our garden was done with tomatillos, so we didn't add them at all. Likewise, I'm not a fan of hot, so we didn't add the jalapeno either.
Feel free to make your own adjustments. It makes a nice big bowl, so it would be a great dish to take to a potluck.