Sweet and Tangy Corn with Roasted Peppers

"Some people get sick of corn, but I never do," Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio says. He serves this mix of corn and roasted red peppers as a salad, but it also makes a terrific relish for grilled fish or poultry.

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  • Servings: 8 to 10
KEY: Summer, Barbecue/Cookout, American, Salads, Side Dishes, Basic/Easy, Healthy, Make Ahead, Vegetarian, Dinner, Lunch

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Ingredients

  • 3 red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 10 ears of corn, shucked and kernels cut off the cobs (about 10 cups)
  • 3 medium leeks, light green and white parts only, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions, preferably red (about 8 scallions)
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to make this recipe

  1. Roast the peppers directly over a gas flame or under a preheated broiler, turning, until charred all over. Transfer the peppers to a large bowl, cover tightly with plastic and let cool completely. Peel, seed and stem the peppers, then cut them into 1/3-inch dice.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine the sugar with the water and cook over moderate heat without stirring until lightly golden in color, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and cook until the caramel dissolves, about 1 minute; let cool completely.
  3. In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the corn kernels and sliced leeks until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes; drain well and let cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, toss the corn and leeks with the roasted peppers, scallions and sweet-tart dressing. Season the corn with salt and pepper, transfer to a platter and serve.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 one day ahead; refrigerate the roasted peppers, dressing and blanched corn and leeks separately.

Contributed By Photo © Michael Turek Published August 2013

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