Thursday, May 14, 2015

Avocado-Sweet Corn Toasts

You guys!  Stop whatever you are doing and make this recipe right away! It is seriously summer on a plate, and it made me soooo happy. There's something about meals on toast that is just fun, and the flavors here are killer.  Start with a good-quality seedy bread--you want something hearty with good texture.  On top of your toast goes mashed up avocado mixed with tart lime juice for lots of richness.  The next layer is fresh corn -- you can play around with how you cook it, either grilling, broiling, or steaming, but don't try to cheat with frozen corn, which just won't taste as fresh.  And finally, a generous sprinkle of goat cheese contributes more creaminess and a yummy tangy flavor.  We seriously could not stop eating these...they are just so, so tasty!  Bonus: this makes a super-quick lunch, dinner, or snack; just adjust the portion size appropriately, and be aware that you'll probably manage to eat however much you make.  Now I just need to make them again...

Avocado-Sweet Corn Toasts (adapted from How Sweet It Is, original recipe here)
Serves 2 generously, easily multiplied

For the corn:
2-3 ears sweet corn
1 T olive oil
2 T softened butter
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper

For the toasts:
2 ripe avocados
Salt and pepper
1/2 lime
4 thick slices seedy whole grain bread, toasted
Crumbled goat cheese

1.  Shuck the corn and rub with olive oil.  You can cook it however you like -- I cooked mine under the broiler, but the grill is also a great option and steaming will work as well. 
2. While the corn cooks, mash together the butter, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.  Then rub it all over the hot corn as soon as it is done. 
3. Let the corn cool a bit, and then carefully slice the kernels off the cob into a bowl.
4. Mash up the avocado with the juice of 1/2 lime. Season generously with salt and pepper.
5. To assemble the toasts, spread each piece of toast generously with avocado.  Top with lots of the corn, and then sprinkle with goat cheese.

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