Colicchio makes this sweet-tangy relish with red bell peppers, chiles and freshly shucked corn kernels, which remain crisp during pickling. It’s a fabulous accompaniment to grilled meats and seafood.
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Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook
1 1/2 cups white wine vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 tarragon sprig
1 thyme sprig
1 tablespoon peanut or canola oil
1 small onion, diced
3 Fresno chile peppers, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced
6 ears of corn, shucked, kernels cut off
5 scallions, white parts only, finely chopped
Cayenne pepper (optional)
How to Make It
In a small saucepan, combine the vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil. Add the garlic and ginger and simmer over moderate heat until the mixture has reduced by one-third, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the tarragon and thyme and let steep for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the onion and both peppers, season with salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until the peppers begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the corn and scallions, season with cayenne and cook, stirring, until the corn turns bright yellow, about 2 minutes.
Add the vinegar mixture to the corn and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderately low heat just until the corn is tender, about 5 minutes. Discard the thyme and tarragon. Season the relish with salt and let cool. Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before serving.
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