Summer Corn with Basil Butter

basil buttered corn I’m giving you a recipe today that will rock your world, two words … basil butter. You can slather it on just about anything, grilled veggies, fish, chicken, steak, burgers, eggs, pasta, polenta and mashed potatoes just to name a few, and it’s quick and easy to make!

basil butter In addition to the fresh basil there’s some garlic and lemon zest added into the butter, believe me you’ll want to make extra so you can stash it away in your freezer, it’s that good.

basil plant I love this time of year because I can walk out my back door and grab as much basil as I want, have I ever told you that basil is my favorite herb of all?

basil butter Besides making fresh basil pesto this is another great way to capture the flavors of summer. This is an old Fine Living recipe that never fails. You can shape it into a log by using plastic wrap tightening the ends as if it were a sausage, then refrigerate until firm so you can cut off coins making it easy to spread.

basil buttered corn

I love it smeared all over fresh corn on the cob, the combination basil, lemon zest and garlic is a match made in heaven!

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Basil Butter
 
Adapted from Fine Living
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
  • 1 cup finely chopped sweet basil
  • 2 teaspoons finely minced garlic
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine the butter, basil, garlic, lemon zest,salt and pepper.
  2. Mash with a spoon until very well combined, I like to keep turning it with a rubber spatula.
  3. Use immediately or wrap into a log and refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
  4. Cut into coins to use on veggies, fish, chicken, burgers, steaks, pasta, polenta, potatoes, eggs or anything else you can think of.
  5. The butter keeps well in the fridge for 2 weeks or up to a month in the freezer.

 

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Pear Salad with Arugula, Prosciutto and Gorgonzola

pear salad To me summer is all about the salads, and do I have a good one to share with you today! It’s a combination of salty prosciutto, peppery arugula, creamy gorgonzola and sliced sweet pears, need I say more?

Abate pears The other day I discovered a new variety of pears called Abate ,( pronounced ah-BAH-tay) they have a unique shape, more oblong, taller and slimmer than the typical pears we’re use to. They originated in Italy and are said to be among the best in the world. I need to go back and get more before they disappear because I absolutely loved them.

They were perfect for this salad, not only were they sweet and juicy but they kept a nice firm shape when sliced. Of course any variety of pear will do for this salad, just make sure it’s not too overly ripe.

If you happen to come across some Abate pears, please give them a try!

pear salad I love salads that I can make or bring to a party, ones that I can arrange on a large platter with a pretty presentation, and this is one of them.

pear salad It looks pretty and it tastes even better, the flavor combination is out of this world good!

There’s no real recipe, just spread some arugula all over a platter, slice up some pears that have been cut in half lengthwise, cored and sliced. Arrange the pears all around, tuck in slices of prosciutto then crumble gorgonzola all over the top along with some toasted walnuts, that’s it!

Dress it right before serving, I used white balsamic and olive oil, a fifty fifty mix, just whisk it up add some salt and pepper and drizzle over the top, so delicious!

pear saladpear and prosciutto rolls

I call the above picture an Italian summer roll, something I saw Rachael Ray do but she didn’t add the gorgonzola. So using all the same flavors that were in the salad I made a roll out of it, here’s how:

Lay out a slice of proscuitto, add a small handful of arugula, one pear slice and a small chunk of gorgonzola then just roll it up, everything will stay together perfectly and it’s so easy to pick up and eat!

Either one of these would be great for Father’s Day this weekend, graduations or any of your upcoming summertime parties.

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Grilled Corn and Zucchini Summer Risotto

grilled corn and zucchini risotto This recipe is summer on a plate, it combines the classic creamy risotto with all the summertime flavors of garden fresh grilled corn and zucchini stirred right into it, and of course some fresh basil to enhance it all.

grilled corn and zucchiniIt’s really very simple to make especially when grilling veggies is at it’s peak this time of year, just set aside a couple of lightly grilled ears of corn as well as zucchini next time your doing some grilling. You’ll then be slicing the corn right off the cobs leaving some of those nice little planks as well as kernels, I just love those corn planks!
making risotto Have all your other ingredients prepped and ready to go, it’s time to start stirring!

grilled corn and zucchini risotto This is what I call the perfect one pot meal, classically creamy with the summertime freshness of the grilled corn and zucchini, and lets not forget the fresh basil!

grilled corn and zucchini risotto Are you ready to dig in?

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Grilled Corn and Zucchini Summer Risotto
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 ears of corn, grilled and then shucked leaving planks as well as kernels
  • 3 small zucchini, cut in half, grilled then diced
  • fresh basil
  • 1¼ cup arborio rice
  • 1 quart of a good quality boxed broth, low sodium, chicken or vegetable
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup of shredded parmesan
  • ¾ cup, white wine
  • 2 knobs of unsalted butter
  • olive oil
Instructions
  1. Simmer your broth on the stove in a separate pan.
  2. Take an additional pan with a heavy bottom,drizzle the bottom with olive oil then add in 1 knob of butter, cook until melted.
  3. Add in the onion and saute on medium until soft.
  4. Add in the rice, stirring until well coated, cooking for a minute or two.
  5. De-glaze with the wine, stirring until it has cooked in and evaporated.
  6. Start adding in the warmed broth, one cup at a time, continue to stir until absorbed.
  7. Repeat adding the broth and stirring until it gets absorbed all the time on medium heat.
  8. Rice should start to look creamy and when you taste it there should be a slightly al dente feel, you may have a little broth leftover.
  9. When finished add the other knob of butter, stir and combine.
  10. Add the cheese, stir and combine.
  11. Fold in your corn and zucchini, adding as much as you want leaving the planks to decorate the top, again you might have some of the veggies leftover, but that's a good thing!
  12. Take a handful of basil and cut it chiffonade style, then sprinkle it all over.
  13. Enjoy!

 

 

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