Sunday, July 11, 2010

Tom's Favorite - Corn and Black bean salsa



Nothing inspires me to cook more than a trip to the farmers market and Trader Joes! (gotta love Traders). I'm not sure were this came from, I started making it a few years ago using Trader Joes frozen roasted corn.Now I use fresh corn if I can. The recipe is great, easy and very forgiving. There is no measuring, just some suggested ingredients.


First of all, open the beer and add a small wedge of lime. Have a sip. Now you're in the mood for a Tex Mex fiesta!!
Today, I cut corn off 3 ears, sprinkled on smoked paprika (not Hungarian)  and sauteed it in a little olive oil.


While that is cooling, open, rinse and drain, a can of black beans. Chop any amount of red onions, garlic, peppers (hot, mild, according to your taste). I use a combo of  jarred, roasted piquillo peppers, and fresh colorful bells. Mostly cuz I am a whus who does not like alot of heat! Start adding the ingredients to a medium sized bowl and mix. Add chili powder to taste, hot sauce if desired, and plenty of fresh chopped cilantro. Love that stuff! The first time I made this, I added Italian dressing, sounds weird, but it was good. This time, it seemed "wet" enough, so I just added a tbs or so of white balsamic vinegar and fresh lime juice for acid.  You could use chopped tomatoes, but it doesn't keep as well if you don't eat it right away.
My son, Tom uses this in quesadillas  . Its a great dip for chips, a good side dish for fish or chicken too. Enjoy!

I bought a HUGE bouquet of dill for $2.00, couldn't resist. It smells soo good! Also, some cherry tomatoes for one of my favorite summer recipes found here: Roasted tomato appetizer 


I'll have to come up with some good recipes using fresh dill quickly before this stuff dies! Hope this inspired some market visits before summer ends, much too soon for me!





9 comments:

Lori said...

Good gosh! That's a bunch of dill! The recipe looks delicious. I'll have to try it out. I've always been quite lazy on the salsa front.

Pat said...

If it tastes as delicious as it reads, that dip will be fantastic!

lori vliegen said...

this sounds de-lish!!! i love corn straight from the cob....i grew up in indiana, and you can see corn fields for miles and miles! there's nothing better than melted butter and fresh corn (or melted butter with anything, for that matter!!). thanks for sharing this recipe!! :))

Annette said...

I will definitely try this soon! I've never used white balsamic vinegar. Is the flavor much different from the regular?

Lori said...

Hey! I just hopped over and checked out your sunglasses cases. So cute! Glad to hear you're doing well with them. I'm going to have to pull a "wait and see" with the phone cases. :) Have a great day.

the lovely paper shop said...

yummy!!! :)

Sharon said...

Looks like a yummy summer dish. I love Trader Joes, too, but it's so hard to park at mine because everyone else loves them, too.

Thanks for stopping my my blog. I just checked out your Etsy store and you have some very cool bags!

debi said...

Thanks Sharon, You too! and I couldn't live without Trader Joe's!!!

cabin + cub said...

Oh, I am craving mexican food now.... yummmm!