Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Sweet corn season is almost past, and I would be remiss if I did not pay tribute to the glory those beautiful golden ears are!

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn……even the name is yummy sounding!

Living in the Midwest ……….corn belt………we have the best sweet corn! Sweet juicy,delicious, bi colored nuggets of pure bliss…….did I mention we love sweet corn.

Corn

Every area in the Midwest has that one grower that everyone flocks to when corn season is here. There are several in our area, although my Uncle Russ has always grown the best sweet corn, but I may be biased………not! Everyone waits patiently for those growers to harvest that first crop.

Some things are a natural with corn……….bacon, green onions, red peppers, and butter. Well this recipe has all of those and a few special touches.

Corn Skillet

I added just a bit of maple syrup……not the pancake, Aunt jemima kind, but the real maple syrup. I normally add a bit of sugar to caramelize something I sauté, but adding the syrup was just the right touch for sautéing and for flavor. I also added a touch of brandy…….just a smig of liquor will deglaze a pan and get an additional depth of flavor.

We had this as a side dish to bratwurst and it was perfect, but any thing from the grill would be great.

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

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Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

Confetti Maple Bacon Sweet Corn

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 2 slices applewood smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons, unsalted butter
  • 2 ears sweet corn, kernels cut off cob
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoon brandy
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons real maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 2 green onions, chopped, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add bacon to a medium skillet over medium heat. Cook until crispy then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and set aside. Remove all but a teaspoon of bacon grease from skillet.
  2. Add butter to bacon grease in skillet, swirl until melted. Stir in sweet corn, sweet onion, red pepper,brandy, maple syrup, salt, and pepper then turn the heat up slightly and toss to combine. Sauté for 7-8 minutes or until corn is tender and caramelized, stirring every so often.
  3. Add bacon back in then taste and adjust salt and pepper if necessary. Garnish with green onions.

All of the ingredients come together to make this a tasty tribute to the glory of sweet corn!

Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon-Honey Dressing


Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon-Honey Dressing

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad

When I first started to expand my culinary skills, the internet was not readily available……..truly shows my age…………but, cable TV and the start of the Food Network ,along with food magazines got my creative cook on.

Now, I love magazines and love to cook……match made in heaven. I got subscriptions to Gourmet, Bon Appetit, and Cooking Light. Later it was Food and Wine, Fine Cooking, and the list went on. Not to mention all the little cookbooks at the checkout counter. I had stacks and stacks of them. I would pour over them trying to find just the right recipe.

The Beet Cucumber Sweet Onion recipe came from Bon Appétit, the July 2002 edition. Later, I saw it again on one of my favorite recipe search websites, Epicurious, the hours I have spent on this web site……….oh my!!!

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad 1

About the beets…….as a child…….never, never never, would I eat them. As an adult, whole different story. I totally love them. And, because I love them I grow them every year in my garden. They are easy to grow……just be sure to thin them so they have room to spread out. Cooking them is a breeze…….roast them!

All you need to do is wash them, clip off the tops leaving about and inch or so, leave the tap root on , place them on a foil lined cookie sheet ,sprinkle a little water on them, cover with foil and bake in a 400* oven until tender. Let them cool slightly, and the skins peel right off. At that point you can use them in the Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon Honey Dressing or your favorite beet recipe. You can also freeze them. They freeze beautifully.

The hardest part of this recipe is roasting the beets, which isn’t hard at all. The rest is easy peasy………just slice and arrange. Whisk together the dressing and you are all set. This can be done in advance and is easy to take with you…….it’s still summer picnic and family reunion time. Who doesn’t want an easy take along……that bonus……. is really pretty………….Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon Honey Dressing!

Beet Cucumber Onion Salad Collage

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Beet Cucumber Onion Salad

Beet, Cucumber, Sweet Onion Salad with Dijon-Honey Dressing

  • Author: Bon Appetit July 2002
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 6 medium beets, trimmed
  • 1 large cucumber, unpeeled, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1/2 sweet onion (such as Maui or Vidalia), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Wrap each beet in foil, enclosing completely. Place on rack in oven and bake until beets are tender when pierced with fork, about 1 hour Cool in foil. Peel beets, then cut each into 6 slices.
  2. Arrange beets, slightly overlapping, on half of large platter. Arrange cucumber slices on other half. Scatter onion in center. (Can be made 4 hours ahead; chill.)
  3. Whisk honey, vinegar, and mustard in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over vegetables.

 

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

Oh, what to do with a beautiful bunch of green beans………

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad!

Basket of Beans

My green beans this year were the most beautiful I have ever grown. I’m pleased, because the weather has been less than perfect for gardening. Beans usually like it warm and it really hasn’t gotten the normal summer warmth.

I usually make green beans in the as Tim would say “Northern” eaten style…..you know, fry up some bacon, add onion, beans, and water, then cook. I love this way, but it’s not very inventive for a food blog. So, I strived for something a little more creative.

Green Bean Salad 2

Being a huge fan of goat cheese, I remember having it in a green bean dish, but is was a warm dish…………. why wouldn’t it work with a cold one………thank goodness it did. Now, every salad needs a crunchy element, I happen to love walnuts, but you can substitute what every kind of nut you prefer. But please,in the name of all that’s holy…….toast any nuts you are going to use in a salad. It enhances the flavor soooo much!

Green Bean Salad

For a dressing, I used a basic dijon dressing with fresh tarragon ……..from my massive tarragon bush……..the thing is crazy big! Even if I used a cup everyday I would never use it all…….

Green Bean Salad 1

This dish is super, super, simple. You can make it in advance, and assemble it right before you eat, making the perfect choice for a take-along dish. Serve Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad with grilled_______( fill in the blank) what ever you like for a perfect summer side dish!

Green Bean Salad 3

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Basket of Beans

Green Bean Goat Cheese Salad

  • Author: Marty Boyd
  • Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of fresh green beans, trimmed
  • 2 ounces of goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup walnut, toasted
  • For Dressing:
  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 8 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, minced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Steam or boil them for about 5 minutes until they are tender crisp. Drain and place in ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain beans from ice bath and set aside.
  2. Mix all dressing ingredients and whisk until totally blended.
  3. Place green beans in a serving bowl, crumble on goat cheese, and sprinkle with walnut. Dress before serving.