After a big cookout, chances are you have leftover corn on the cob. Instead of throwing those ears in the compost pile, why not use them to make other delicious meals? All you need to do is cut the corn from the cob and you've got an ingredient that can go into several delicious recipes. Best of all, you'll save money and create less waste. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
There is nothing like a cold salad during warm weather. Salads make great meals on their own or can be served as a side dish. Either way, corn is a welcome ingredient. You can create salads with a Mexican flare that have corn, beans, tomatoes and peppers, which would make an excellent side dish for tacos. You could also use corn to make a cold succotash salad to be served with roasted or grilled chicken. Corn would even be a delicious twist in a tuna salad. Be creative and try something new.
Salsa has to be one of the best snack foods in the world. Why? Because salsa is low in fat and calories. Add some baked tortilla chips and you've got a snack you don't have to feel guilty about. A salsa prepared with chopped bell peppers, tomatoes, red onions, black beans, corn, lime juice, cilantro and jalapenos would not only be delicious, but extremely low in calories. This is the perfect use for corn that you grilled. The smokey flavors adds such a nice touch.
Cornbread is a favorite in the South and one thing I love to do is stir fresh corn into the batter. Not only does fresh corn add a nice texture to cornbread, but it adds more flavor. I like to also add a bit of heat with some chopped jalapenos and a cheesy flavor with some shredded cheddar cheese, but you could also use pepper jack cheese.
It may sound strange, but corn ice cream is actually a bit hit in Mexico. Try adding a couple cups of corn to a vanilla-based ice cream. You may also want to add a bit of honey for to enhance the flavor of the corn. There are hundreds of recipes online and this is sure to be something that your guests will find unique. You could even line your serving dish with cleaned corn husks and sprinkle fresh corn on top to enhance the presentation.