The good corn is coming but I had a pound of frozen corn in my freezer and I’m trying my best to actually use what’s in there. I’m very good at putting things into the freezer compartment but I’m not so talented at actually using them. I hate wasting food, so despite corn coming into the farmers markets and stores, I used the frozen.
It was a fine dish and I plan to make it again and again. The kernels of corn pop and the beans make it seem creamy and indulgent. I used epazote, a wonderful weed mostly famous for flavoring black beans in Oaxaca but it’s a natural partner for corn, mushrooms and quesadillas. I grow it but I often see it in Mexican markets and along train tracks. If you don’t have access to the fresh, please don’t use the dried. It’s worthless. You could substitute cilantro or parsley and I won’t judge you if you don’t judge me for using frozen corn in July.
1 pound frozen corn
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
3/4 cup cooked Rancho Gordo Midnight Black beans
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh epazote, chopped
Place the corn in a saucepan with about a half inch of water and bring to a boil. Keep cooking until the corn has separated and is no longer frozen but not quite cooked, about 3 minutes. Drain and reserve the corn, discarding the water.
In the pan, saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat, until cooked, about 5-8 minutes. Add the bean and reserved corn and heat through. Gently toss with the epazote and serve.
This is also can be served room temperature and even cold as a salad.
I finished the leftovers for lunch today at the office and it was perfect, but last night we had this for dinner as a side dish for fish in a hoja santa sauce, cooked in a clay pot. Of course.