November 29, 2022

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In the Kitchen with Ricky: Southern fried corn perfect introduction to summer and Soul Food Month

Did you know that June is Countrywide Soul Food stuff Month? This is a further food items vacation, which, I know, are about a dime a dozen. This a single deserves the getaway remedy and I feel must be celebrated even more than it now is.

Soul food stuff is deemed an ethnic delicacies all its own even though the style and time period could have originated listed here in the United States. The definition, as Wikipedia reads is “An ethnic cuisine usually geared up and eaten by African Americans, originating in the Southern United States.”

A good deal of the Southern food that we imagine of currently originated as that of which was common techniques of West Africans and Native American food items preparations.

Positive, I could have selected macaroni and cheese, cornbread or even greens to share with you in today’s recipes, but I wished to celebrate this holiday getaway by learning a little bit myself and making an attempt out a new recipe. I realized I desired to make a thing with corn, as I have been looking at ears popping up in the grocery shop. Corn is like tomatoes for me, I avoid them right up until the year is appropriate, and even though we’re a little bit early here in Washington, the season is approaching, and I just had to grab some. When I bite into a new and in year ear of corn, it provides a smile to my experience and recalls childhood reminiscences as my father grew corn for a couple yrs there when I was escalating up in Northern California.

In my look for I stumbled upon numerous a recipe for Fried Corn, of which I can not recall at any time seeing before. Have I eaten it? I’m absolutely sure, as most of us possibly have experienced some rendition just before, but what stood out was the inclusion of flour, that I do not assume I have had. The flour coats the kernel and then when you introduce that to the grease or oil, it fries up and helps to evenly brown the corn. If the corn releases any humidity or liquid the extra 4 absorbs it and makes a creamy mouthfeel. It also supplies a minimal further taste and allows to make this corn dish a small far more savory and so a great deal extra one of a kind.

There ended up a whole lot of variations out there. Some made use of bacon grease (and if you have it, use it), some butter and some just oil. Prevalent inclusions are bell peppers, marinated peppers, onions, herbs and garlic. I, nonetheless, chose to maintain it straightforward and vegetarian.

By utilizing vegetable or canola oil, this recipe is now not only vegetarian, but vegan. On the other hand, if you have bacon grease, making use of it in this would be superb, and butter is very standard in this recipe. If you want to use butter, I counsel permitting it toast a little bit and begin to brown it in advance of incorporating in your corn kernels for a nutty richness that browned butter provides.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as a lot as I do and that in the following couple weeks can obtain some way to appreciate and rejoice Nationwide Soul Foodstuff Thirty day period.

Southern Fried Corn

Substances:

5-6 ears of large corn on the cob, shucked from husk

2 bell peppers, or 6-7 mini peppers

1/3 cup all-reason flour

2 teaspoons sugar

Kosher salt, to taste

Ground black pepper, to taste

1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil

Directions:

Extensively clean, rinse and dry freshly shucked corn.

Remove the kernels from the cob, by chopping down the ear lengthwise with a slender and sharp knife. I like to do this on a significant slicing board or around a shallow walled dish/container as to catch all the kernels.

Combine the kernels with peppers, flour, sugar, salt and black pepper, and blend to evenly coat the mixture well with the flour.

Heat oil in a significant, weighty bottomed skillet around medium large warmth right until oil shimmers and just hardly starts to smoke. You want the oil to be scorching, so you quickly crisp up the combination and not steam or braise it.

Incorporate the flour-coated corn mixture to incredibly hot oil and fry, stirring frequently to evenly cook dinner, until the corn is tender, and the flour commences to brown and crisp.

Make certain it doesn’t stick to pan by trying to keep the mixture relocating about.

Remove from heat and check for seasoning, modifying as required.

Transfer to a serving dish and serve with grilled fish or barbecued meats.

Delight in! Feeds 4-6 people today.