Amidst the popularity, many individuals make the mistake of simply using corn as a mediocre side dish, ignoring the versatility it offers as a fresh and flavorful ingredient to main dishes. As corn begins to come into season in many parts of the US, many people have started to give this popular grain a second look. The unique texture and flavor corn brings to the dinner table is the perfect addition to many summer dishes. The July/August issue of "Plate Magazine" calls corn "Summer's Sweet Gold" and the issue is full of ideas of how to cook up this summertime vegetable.
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ELOTE CRAB DIP
Plate Magazine Editor Chandra Ram prepares Elote Crab Dip
Old Town Tortilla Factory - Scottsdale, Ariz., USA
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Menu Price: $14.99; Food Cost/Serving: 27%
Tomatoes, diced 2 each
Avocado, diced 1 each
Cilantro, chopped 1 C, plus 1/2 tsp
Salt as needed
Freshly ground black pepper 1 TBS, plus as needed
Red pepper, roasted, skinned, diced 1 each
Green pepper, roasted, skinned, diced 1 each
Red onion, roasted, skinned, diced 1 each
Corn ear, roasted 1 each
Lime juice 1 TBS
Mayonnaise 1 C
Sour cream 1 C
Garlic clove, chopped 1 each
Blue crab meat 16 Oz
Tortilla chips as needed
1. Combine tomatoes, avocado and 1 cup cilantro in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add peppers, onions, corn and lime juice.
2. In separate bowl mix mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 tablespoon black pepper, garlic and remaining cilantro until well blended.
3. Add sauce on top of roasted vegetable mixture and top with blue crab meat. Serve immediately with tortilla chips.