White Pizza, Four Cheese With Summer Corn

summer dinner

Nothing screams summer more than fresh corn on the cob and beautiful summer garden tomatoes. I love a good white pizza, meaning no red sauce on top, it’s actually my favorite type of all, but I must confess in my years of making pizza I have never had or made a corn version, until now!

Yes, I have seen many photos of blogger friends ( Stacey Snacks) sitting in restaurants eating gorgeous summer pizzas showcasing fresh corn which I was very envious of because it’s not something I see here in the midwest at all.

Recently a family member dropped off some fresh corn from Wisconsin so I thought this would be a perfect time to make a white version of a corn pizza, and I’m so happy I did, and to say we loved it is an understatement!

  summer tomatoes

I also made an heirloom tomato salad to go along with it and it turned out to one one of our favorite summertime meals that I will repeat again and again!

corn pizza

At first glance this pizza may not look so fancy but don’t let that fool you, this pizza has so much flavor and texture. Nice crunchy dough topped with a combination of four cheeses, mozzarella, fontina, dreamy burrata and Parmesan, melted together it’s the perfect union!

summer pizza

The burrata cheese is scrumptious as it is, but when mingled with the corn it’s outstanding, but remember always use fresh shucked corn, never ever frozen.

corn and cheese pizza

I’ll look forward to making this pizza every summer, it’s now a top favorite and before this summer ends I’ll be making it again and again while corn is still at it’s peak.

If you’ve never had a corn pizza stop what you’re doing and make this now!

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White Pizza, Four Cheese With Summer Corn
 
Recipe adapted from The Original Dish
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Ingredients
  • 16 " round pizza pan
  • cornmeal for dusting pan along with olive oil
  • 1 pound ball of pizza dough, homemade or good quality store bought
  • 3 ears of fresh shucked corn, uncooked
  • 4 oz. shredded fontina cheese
  • 2 balls (not large) of burrata cheese
  • ¾ lb. of shredded mozzarella
  • a generous handful of grated parmesan, enough to spread all over the pizza
  • olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil leaves
  • red pepper flakes optional for garnish
Instructions
  1. Note: First and foremost it's important to get your dough to room temperature so it's easy to stretch out into the pan.
  2. Coat the bottom of your pizza pan with olive oil and a dusting of cornmeal, it keeps the bottom nice and crunchy.
  3. Stretch your dough onto the pan and place it into a hot prepared oven at 480 degrees for only 5 minutes, then remove it.
  4. If it bubbles up when you take it out pierce it a few times with a fork.
  5. Now add and spread all around your fontina and mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle your grated parmesan generously all over.
  6. Open up your burrata cheese and place dots of it all over the surface.
  7. Sprinkle the fresh, uncooked corn kernels all over the top, evenly spreading them all over the pizza surface.
  8. Season with salt and pepper and a drizzle with olive oil.
  9. Bake at 480 for around 15 minutes or until bottom of crust is deep golden and cheese is all melty.
  10. Garnish with fresh basil all around and optional red pepper flakes.
  11. Enjoy!

 

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Summer Corn and Shrimp Fritters

fritters

Tis the season to make fritters! It’s summertime and everyones garden is bursting with fresh vegetables as well as the farmers markets and grocery stores. I’ve been seeing all sorts of fritters being made of broccoli, cauliflower, but the most popular in the summer are ones made with zucchini or corn.

Today we’re pairing shrimp with corn in a fritter. Summer fresh corn and shrimp go really well together and are the perfect combination, it takes on a high end kind of flavor experience.

 

shrimp and corn fritters

Crunchy on the outside, creamy on the inside with pops of sweet corn in every bite. Serve these for a midweek dinner and if you have leftovers they heat up well and are delicious for lunch, I’ve even made them for a fancy girls summer dinner party.

corn and shrimp

This recipe makes quite a few fritters, ten to twelve depending on the size. You can prep and form them early in the day then stick them into the fridge to get chilled before you pan fry them, these are not deep fried but rather requires just enough of a drizzle of oil to cover the bottom of a pan.

uncooked fritters

You can up the seasoning on the inside with smoked paprika, a cajun spice, some Old Bay seasoning or just leave it as in with the basic recipe, either way it’s all good!

shrimp and corn fritter

Golden brown and crispy ready to be dipped into a sauce of your liking. I’ve served them with a spicy and sweet chili sauce, a lemon aioli, a mango and peach chutney, believe me it’s all good!

Summer Corn and Shrimp Fritters
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 lb. shrimp, raw, peeled and deveined and patted dry
  • 3 medium ears of corn, shucked
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 3 green onions, sliced with a little bit of the green not all
  • 1 cup of AP flour
  • ¾ cup of shredded cheddar
  • 1 smashed garlic clove, large
  • basil and parsley a heaping tablespoon each, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional spice like smoked paprika, Old Bay, cajun, maybe a heaping teaspoon
  • olive oil for pan frying
Instructions
  1. Take ⅔ of the shrimp and place it into a food processor and pulse it into a paste, remove it with a spatula and place it into a large bowl.
  2. Take the remaining shrimp and roughly chop it into small pieces, then add to the bowl.
  3. Then add in the eggs, garlic, parsley, green onions, basil, seasoning, flour and cheddar, mix well then add in the shucked corn continuing to incorporate it all.
  4. Form the mixture into patty's.
  5. Refrigerate them for a couple of hours.
  6. When it's time to cook them remove patty's from fridge.
  7. Drizzle olive oil on the bottom of a heated non stick skillet and pan fry each side until nice and golden and fully cooked inside.
  8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce like a lemon aioli, or a sweet and spicy chili sauce or even a peach or mango chutney.
  9. This recipe I was able to make 11 fritters, so anywhere between 10 and 12 you should yield.

 

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Summers Magic Sauce, Basil Pesto Cream

summer basil

It’s no secret that I have fondness for fresh basil, I look forward to summertime when I can walk out into my garden and pick my own. This season has been particularly great for growing it as you can tell by my beautiful bounty pictured above, at least 2020 was good for something…

It’s mid July here and so far I’ve used my basil in so many different meals, plus I’ve already made pesto a couple of times, some for me and some for family and friends. I like making pesto, it can be used to enhance so many dishes, it’s so intense in flavor, I love it!

 

pesto swirl

One of my absolute favorite treats whenever I make basil pesto is to turn it into a cream sauce. Ok, let’s stop here and let me say that if you’ve never tasted a basil pesto cream sauce, you’re really missing out!

It’s beyond decadent and creamy and so delicious with seafood, meats, veggies, pasta, I could go on and on, and the best thing is, it’s super simple to make.

It’s definitely summers magic sauce!

homemade pesto

It all starts with the making of your own homemade basil pesto, very important, homemade. Here’s how I do it.

It’s so delicious because it’s filled with fresh basil leaves, quality parmesan cheese, garlic and toasted nuts. I guess you could use store bought in a pinch as long as it’s a good quality one, but I really recommend you making your own, it really makes a difference.

basil cream

There are very few ingredients used to make this luscious sauce, just your homemade pesto and some heavy cream, how easy is that?

Grab a pint of heavy cream, it must be heavy, pour it into a saucepan and simmer it low and slow until it starts to thicken, you’ll begin to see the cream bubbling along the edges of the pan.

When it thickens turn off the heat and start adding your prepared basil pesto, tablespoon by tablespoon whisk it in, it should be a nice balance between the pesto and the cream.

No need to add any other seasoning, it’s a wonderful marriage of the two. If you end up with some leftover sauce it heats up well the next day just put it on a low flame and maybe add a little more cream to loosen it up, but making it the day you’re going to use it is best.

basil cream scallops

I recently seared some scallops and placed them into a puddle of this scrumptious sauce, no words, pure deliciousness!

Think of it smeared on salmon, into your favorite pasta shape, roasted or grilled veggies and different meats, like I said, the possibilities are endless. I hope you make this magic sauce!

 

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