We both know that you can pick up an ear of corn ANYWHERE at this time of the year for a few pennies. However, that doesn’t give you rights to start thinking ugly thoughts about this precious veggie! Corn is not some low rent food! No way! Maybe, like my family, your family is tired of looking at fresh corn on the cob by this point in the summer. If you are like me, you boil it most of the time and when you are being fancy, you grill it. Friend, you need some Southern Fried Corn in your life!
Southern Fried Corn is the answer to your corn on the cob troubles. Now, I didn’t say this is low fat corn or a diet recipe. I guess, if you are concerned about fat- you can substitute margarine for the butter and that will make this recipe low fat too. Of course, I can’t exactly tell you what is in the margarine – so, I prefer to stick with the butter – because I do, in fact, know what is in butter. I’ll take my chances, thanks.
THE SOUTHERN FRIED CORN MOVIE!!
THE RECIPE FOR SOUTHERN FRIED CORN
- 4 ears of fresh corn on the cob
- 2 tbs unsalted sweet cream butter
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- ¼ Cup heavy cream
- OPTIONAL: 1 jalapeno pepper - seeded, spine removed and chopped very small.
- OPTIONAL: Cilantro for garnish
- Cut the kernels of corn from the ear - carefully.
- Melt the butter over medium heat in a frying pan. Add the corn kernels to the melted butter in the hot pan. Add salt and pepper.
- Allow the corn to cook until it starts to brown slightly - about 10 minutes. - stir every minute or so. If you are using the optional jalapeno - add that now as well.
- Add the cream and stir.
- When the cream is mixed in well, remove from the heat. Allow to rest for a few minutes and then serve warm. Garnish with Cilantro.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR SOUTHERN FRIED CORN
- When cutting the corn from the cob – try to get as much of the corn kernel as possible. The juice that is down near the cob is delicious!
- As stated before, if you are into “no fat” or “low fat” recipes, you can substitute the butter for margarine – but again – I prefer to go with natural ingredients. You could try Olive Oil if you are really just against the butter. Your choice. But the calorie and fat content will be similar. You might be SURPRISED if you check out the new nutrition label BELOW! This dish isn’t that fattening for one serving! I promise, it is better than you probably thought.
- If you just can’t get past the heavy cream, you could also try a little milk instead – the cream just gives the corn a…. Well, a…. Creaminess. You won’t be able to recreate that creaminess with milk – and certainly not with coffee creamer (sometimes people ask this question – I’ve had it more than once).
- OK – THIS IS A SAFETY WARNING – If you let your pan get too hot when you put the butter in, you will get black butter, acrid smoke AND HOT CORN POPS! No kidding! It does – just watch the movie all the way to the end if you don’t believe me! If you are trapped sitting on your knees beneath a tripod that holds your most expensive camera – it can be particularly dangerous – just saying….
- If you like a little spice in your dish – add the jalapeno – if spicy isn’t for you – leave it out. Certainly, when my grandmother used to make this dish, she didn’t add jalapeno. I can only imagine the look she would give if someone had suggested adding a jalapeno to the recipe. Lol. That makes me laugh thinking about it.
- Serving suggestions – Personally, I think Southern Fried Corn goes with everything. Hamburgers, yes. Fried chicken – ummm, of course. Pork Chops – yep. A hispanic dish – yes! Lasagna – well, yeah – lets try it! You might think differently. I would guess that for most palates, it goes best with grilled meats and standard family dinners. Let me just say, Southern Fried Corn with a meal of fried chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and home canned green beans? You have a meal fit for a KING!
- Can this be made with canned corn? Yes. Of course it can. Just drain the corn very well. The fresh corn will taste better though – so if you can get fresh corn – use that.
OTHER STUFF BESIDES SOUTHERN FRIED CORN
So – starting with this post, we are going to try something new here at Loaves and Dishes. Nutrition information. I need your feedback though. Is this something you want to see? If so, I’ll be happy to include it. If not – then I’ll just say, “thank you little nutrition calculator – you can go on your way now”.
We will try this for about a month. Please let me know if this is helpful to you or not.
NUTRITION INFORMATION FOR SOUTHERN FRIED CORN
Furthermore, I completely forgot to add pictures of my garden for you a few posts ago even though I wrote right in the post that I would. Crazy.
So, here you go, I’ll tell you about it since you don’t want to see pictures of a weedy garden. Some crazy looking bugs ate ALL of my zucchini and squash plants – they were growing so nicely – the bugs appeared and the plants died – immediately. I think Mr. Loaves and Dishes sent them – he isn’t crazy about squash and zucchini.
OTHER NEWS FROM AROUND THE FARM
In conclusion, finally and last but not least, we had snake day! My dear sweet Sandy trekked off to the chicken coop for our breakfast eggs and found Mr. King Snake having his breakfast too.
Here is a picture of Sandy helping Mr. King Snake out of the hen house and into a box for transport to our local State Park (about 2 miles up the road). Mr. Loaves and Dishes and I gave him a lift in the pick up truck.
On the same day, the clean up crew (minus Iggi and Bailey) at Loaves and Dishes (see movie credits for a photo) LOUDLY announced the arrival of a RATTLESNAKE at the back door. I’m not sharing those photos here, because it scares me to look at them.
So, Got snakes? Please keep them at your house!
A VERSE FOR TODAY
21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Matthew 5: 21-26