We got some delicious looking ears of sweet corn in our CSA box last week and I have been wanting to try something new that pairs the corn with fresh tarragon. We have a French tarragon plant that gets about four feet tall each year, and I love it with fish or with new potatoes, but thought it sounded like it would also complement sweet corn. I decided to try a souffled-muffin, leavened only with whipped egg whites, and it turned out to be a “keeper” recipe. We got four nice ears of gold-and-cream colored Colorado sweet corn from the CSA:
I shucked the corn and removed the silk, then cut the kernels off of the cobs. To do this I brace one end of the cob in a deep bowl and slice down (away from the hands!), then flip it over and do the other half. I ended up with about two cups of fresh corn. To this, I added about a fourth of a cup of fresh tarragon, chopped. If you haven’t tried tarragon it has a light anise-type flavor and it is best used fresh. It loses a lot of flavor when dried, although when layered with sea salt it makes a great winter sprinkle with a good herb flavor. Since we have such a monster plant, that is one of the ways I save the herb for cold-weather use, and the sea salt also makes a great gift.
Along with the tarragon, I mixed the corn with a cup of yellow cornmeal (at sea level reduce this by about two tablespoons), about a half teaspoon of sea salt, a sprinkle of ground white pepper, and a tablespoon of olive oil. I then divided four large eggs and stirred the yolks into the corn mixture:
This makes a very dry batter that will lighten up with the addition of the egg whites. I whipped the egg whites to a medium peak:
At that point I stirred about a third of the beaten egg whites into the corn mixture just to lighten it up, then folded in the rest. Do not over-fold or they will not puff up! I then spooned heaping half-cups of the mixture into large muffin cups (the one-cup size that come six to a pan) that had been sprayed with cooking spray:
I placed these in a preheated 375 degree oven and baked for 25 minutes. At sea level it will take a bit longer, so just look for a nicely puffed up muffin that is light golden and slightly springy in the middle:
Run a knife around the edges and serve hot for the best texture, with or without a slather of butter:
These make a really light-textured muffin with fresh corn flavor, and they are still nice and light when cold, even though they do deflate a bit. If you are looking for a new way to use up some of that sweet corn, give these a try.
We also had some fantastically juicy peaches in the CSA box last week, and I am hoping for more so I can do a peach blog. If you have produce and need ideas, just let me know–I love a challenge!
Thanks for reading,