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If there is one dish I need you to make this summer- it’s this. Freshly ground corn polenta topped with buttery farm vegetables and a drizzle of basil oil.
I know the idea of pureed corn kernels sounds weird, but trust me on this one. I first had the dish at a pop-up event put on by Sherrie last summer. One bite in and I knew this was something I couldn’t wait to go back and experiment with myself.
The concept is fairly simple. Shuck the fresh kernels, steam just enough to create a tender bite, then puree into a thick porridge. Put the whole mixture back into the saucepan and season with a bit of butter, salt and pepper. To keep things dairy-free, I used a vegan butter (Earth Balance ❤️), but the possibilities really are endless. Yotam throws feta in his version and I bet it would be equally divine with a little sharp cheddar, goat cheese or fruity olive oil.
While I could eat the entire bowl of polenta by itself (and, highly recommend this option often), this version gets loaded with even more vegetables. As I’ve said time and time again, when produce is as good as it is right now, why stop with just one ingredient?
Saute a little zucchini and cherry tomatoes until the are just softened. Like with the polenta, anything goes. Feel free to add in greens or another variety of summer squash instead. If it pairs well with corn, it should pair well with the polenta.
To finish the dish, I made a quick fresh basil oil to drizzle on top. Since the entire meal is basically vegetables, the extra drizzle of finishing oil seems like a necessary, yet luxurious touch. Chiffonade fresh basil, then press into good quality olive-oil, a pinch of red pepper flakes and sea salt. Save any extras for a salad dressing base or for freshly made hummus.
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Fresh Corn Polenta with Farm Vegetables and Spicy Basil Oil. The vegan and gluten-free dinner is perfect for summer! Make the most of farmer’s market produce; fresh corn polenta topped with sauteed farm vegetables and a drizzle of spicy basil oil.
Fresh Corn Polenta
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