JUL
26

Shoppers, get your Sweet Corn here!

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Guess what season it is? Summer, you might say – in which case, you’d be correct. But we here at Sunset also like to call it corn season! While that might sound “corny,” you’ll soon find out why corn on the cob could very well become a main rather than side dish during your next summer soiree. Unlike other grocery stores offering corn from wherever, we make sure to keep things hyper local and ensure that the farms harvesting corn align with our high standards.

That’s why Sunset Foods chooses Harvard, Illinois’ Twin Gardens Inc. for bicolor sweet corn, otherwise known as “Mirai” corn. Like Sunset, Twin Gardens is a family-owned company that’s been thriving for generations (since 1954, to be exact). The Mirai sweet corn, one of the Gardens’ most innovative produce, came to be in the ‘90s as a natural cross-pollination of sweet corn genes; it grows best in warm temperatures and when fully matured, peeled and packaged, contains three colors (yellow, white and bicolor). As these sweet corns remain super tender, they require handpicking. That also happens to reinforce picking out quality corn, anyway.

So, you’ve got your one-of-a-kind Mirai corn from Sunset – what do you do with it next? Here’s one corn on the cob recipe that’s gotten quite the buzz, and it requires few ingredients and can be mastered by cooking novices and experts alike: https://spicysouthernkitchen.com/best-way-to-cook-corn-on-the-cob/.

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AUG
09

Grilled Corn Salsa with Lime & Sea Salt Pita Chips

corn salsa and pita chips
Some people wait all year for corn season, and for good reason! Canned and frozen corn simply cannot compare to the flavor and texture of fresh corn straight off the cob. Still, plain grilled or roasted corn can get dull after a while. If you’re looking for a new twist on corn, give this fresh and exciting corn salsa a try. Sweet and savory, refreshing and just a tad spicy—this salsa has a little bit of everything. Make it with our simple homemade pita chips for a spectacular summer salsa scoop!
 
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SEP
23

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Sirloin with Roasted Corn Salsa

Grilled Sirloin Steak and Corn Salsa

This is a delicious, late summer recipe that is good to have on hand when you want to impress your friends. The ingredients are simple and fresh and the recipe is easy to prepare. The smoky, spicy salsa is lively and really makes the dish.

While it’s best to use a cast iron skillet, any frying pan will work, just let the corn cook until it starts to stick to the skillet if you’re not using cast-iron.

If you are cooking for less than four, this dish makes great leftovers including a delicious sandwich on a crusty French bread or quick and easy quesadillas.

GRILLED SIRLOIN WITH ROASTED CORN SALSA
3 cups fresh corn (about 3 ears)
4 scallions, white and green parts thinly sliced separately
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 plum tomatoes, finely diced
1 to 2 fresh jalapeño chiles, finely diced (including seeds)
1 (2-pound) trimmed boneless sirloin steak, about 1 1/2 inches thick
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
Accompaniment: lime wedges
Prepare grill for cooking.
Make corn salsa:
Heat a dry large cast-iron skillet over moderately high heat until hot, then pan-roast corn, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
Cook white part of scallions in butter with garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon each cumin and chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until scallions are tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in corn, tomatoes, and jalapeños.
Grill steak:
Combine remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and sprinkle on both sides of steak. Grill, turning once, until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into thickest part of meat registers 130°F, 18 to 20 minutes total for medium-rare. Transfer steak to a grooved cutting board and let stand 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
While steak is standing, reheat corn mixture over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. Stir in cilantro and scallion greens.
Spoon corn on top of sliced steak and pour over any accumulated juices and serve.
Makes four servings.
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