Local corn is a few months away from the farmers market tables, but ears are already in freakish abundance around Washington, and it’s hard to resist them.
I’ll put the Grilled Corn Four Ways treatment on hold, and start with a batch of Corn Broth — which uses husks, silks and cobs to extract all the flavor to be had from eight ears. The broth will serve as the basis for upcoming sauces and summer soups.
Other early-corn candidates on my list:
Quick Corn Gratin is offered in our Recipe Finder as a side dish, but an individual gratin with a salad sounds like dinner to me. I can assemble them on Sunday and refrigerate till Monday night.
A Cod and Corn Chowder Pie is a light and healthful casserole (thanks again, Aviva Goldfarb!) that can be adapted to suit your taste.
And if I can refrain from eating them as I go, making a stash of scallion corn cakes guarantees almost-instant hors d’oeuvres for holiday gatherings next weekend. Freeze individually until firm, then seal in a zip-top bag for a month or two.
That will satisfy corny cravings for now; in the meantime, I’m betting that you’ll want to make Sara Moulton’s #SundaySuppers Asparagus Lasagnas recipe in this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine, which calls for wonton wrappers. Here are some ideas for using up what’s left in the package (because they are simply fresh pasta noodles, after all):
●Cut them into wide strips and boil them for this Pork and Ginger Wonton Stir-Fry, pictured below.
●Make ravioli, a la this turkey and squash number with a brown butter sauce.
●Freeze a batch of vegetarian Mini Lasagna Cups for those nights when all you want to do for dinner is hit a button.
● Slice them into ½ -inch strips and bake until crisp, for salad garnishes and snacking.
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