Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Corn On The Cob With Basil-Jalapeno Pesto

It's summer, and I want delicious and easy recipes for all my meals. No complicated preparations, just quick and simple. Because when fresh produce is in season the last thing I want to do is muck up the taste with heavy sauces or overcooking.

This corn on the cob dish is a perfect example. Barely cooked corn (or grilled), topped with the freshest possible basil pesto, sprinkled with tangy shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. How good does that sound? And, to give it a bit of a kick, I added jalapeño peppers to the pesto. I will be serving this all summer. Enjoy!

Corn On The Cob With Basil-Jalapeno Pesto
(serves 4-6)

4-6 ears corn
sea salt
black pepper
1 recipe Basil-Jalapeno pesto (recipe follows)
1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano

Roast or grill corn. Or, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt water and add corn. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from cooking water and place on a platter.

Spread pesto liberally over each ear of corn. Top with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Pass the salt and pepper to season as desired. Serve immediately.

Basil-Jalapeno Pesto

1/2 cup pine nuts
2 oz parmigiano-reggiano cheese, cut into 2 pieces
2 garlic cloves
1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and deveined
5 cups basil leaves (packed)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt
freshly cracked black pepper

Toast pine nuts in a skillet until just beginning to brown.  Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Add cheese to a food processor fitted with the chopping/mixing blade.  Process until the cheese is grated.  Add cooled pine nuts, garlic and jalapeno pepper and process until all ingredients are finely grated.  Add half of basil leaves, and 1/4 cup olive oil and process until smooth but with a bit of texture. Add remaining basil, remaining olive oil, 1/4 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper. Process until well mixed.  Taste and adjust seasonings if desired.

Other Pesto recipes you may enjoy.

Summer means easy, breezy dishes made from fresh, just-picked produce and this week at Food Network's Summer Soiree we are celebrating PestoDo you have a favorite pesto recipe?  And be sure to check out the delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network. 

The Lemon Bowl: Lemony Pistachio Basil Pesto
Dishin & Dishes: 
Kale Pesto and Mushroom Stuffed Porterhouse Chops
Creative Culinary: 
Pesto Potato Salad with Parmesan Walnuts
Kale Pesto
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Garden Salad With Basil-Pesto Vinaigrette
Red or Green: 
Corn On The Cob With Basil-Jalapeno Vinaigrette
Homemade Delish: 
Spinach and Kale Pesto
Domesticate Me: 
Ratatouille Quinoa Bake with Pesto and Buffalo Mozzarella
The Mom 100: 
Crusted Loin Lamb Chops with Mint Basil Pesto
Taste with the Eyes: 
Fresh, Fabulous, and Frugal - Carrot Top Pesto
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 
Chicken Breasts with Coconut and Cilantro Pesto
Healthy Eats: 
Green Is the New Black: 5 Must-Try Pestos
FN Dish: 
6 Non-Pasta Ways to Go Big with Pesto


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