I’ll get to the corn salsa in a minute– but first I want to talk about beer! Admittedly, I’ve been drinking too darn much beer this summer. Not at one time– nothing like that. But this summer, more than any other, it’s just been so easy to sit outside with Radd in the evening and visit over a beer or two. I suppose it’s partly to do with our mild weather– not too hot, not too humid. It has been perfect, which is excellent for my happiness. And while I probably don’t need those calories at the end of the day, instead of stressing, I’ve decided to embrace it.
So what have I been sipping on? Mostly farmhouse ales and saisons. Two that I love are Saison Dupont and a local farmhouse ale from Liftbridge called Farm Girl. Speaking of local beer, I’ve also been enjoying a few others like Bent Paddle’s Paddle Break Blonde and Steel Toe’s Size 7 IPA. Now before this post turns into an essay on local beer, let me just say this– our craft beer scene here in Minnesota is just incredible right now. So many wonderful breweries and taprooms, and I’ve been testing them out like it’s my job. I’m owning it, I don’t mind saying. A few other great summer favorites (not local) are Leffe Blonde and Pyramid’s Apricot Ale. There, that’s my beer confession.
So what goes smashingly well with summer beer? Yup– chips and fresh corn salsa. I love salsa of any variety– tomato, tomatillo… but, there’s something about fresh corn salsa that wins the salsa competition for me. I would choose corn every time. It’s fresh, slightly sweet, spicy, and loaded with that citrusy lime/cilantro flavor. Not to mention, it is simple to make– so simple that it’s somewhat silly to even give a recipe. But, I think the same can be said for most summer fare– fresh and simple and that’s just fine. So, get out your chefs knife and start cutting up that corn. Then pour yourself a glass of cold beer and soak up some summer fun. Cheers!
The Recipe: Fresh Corn Salsa
6-8 ears of fresh corn, cut
1 large red onion, diced
1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2 jalapeños, chopped (remove seeds/ribs if heat is a factor)
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
juice of one lime
In a medium-sized bowl mix all of the ingredients. Add more lime juice to taste. Season appropriately with salt. You may need more salt than you are used to — corn needs a bit to bring out its wonderful flavor. Let flavors meld for a bit before serving. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator. Enjoy!
Thanks for stopping by Relishing It!