Summer Corn With Basil & Garlic Aioli

I’ve always loved Elote, aka Mexican street corn. It is smothered in a messy mix of ingredients that tastes exactly how I would imagine the corn in Heaven to taste. Traditionally it is rolled in butter and mayonnaise, then crumbled cotija cheese, chili powder, and a squeeze of lime. I decided to make my own little version of it this morning by making an aioli with the basil and garlic I had from my CSA bag this week, plus Parmesan cheese and paprika. It was amazing. AMAZING. I made it early this morning with the intention of bringing it as part of my lunch to work today, but after tasting a little bite, I ate the whole thing (at 9AM) standing over the sink in my kitchen as to not make a mess. WORTH IT.

Ingredients: (serves 5)
5 corn on the cob
1/4 cup fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 garlic clove
Black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, plus for for topping
Smoked paprika, for topping

In a food processor, or with an immersion blender, mix together the basil, olive oil, mayo, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, and Parmesan cheese until smooth. You can keep the corn whole or cut them in half, whichever you prefer. Brush the corn with olive oil and cook in a pan over medium heat, turning every minute or so to cook the sides evenly, about 7 minutes total. You can also cook the corn on the grill of course, I just don’t have a backyard here in NY and think it’s prooobably illegal to put a grill on my fire escape! To serve, brush the corn with the aioli then top with grated parmesan cheese and paprika. Eat with lots of napkins!


Spicy Wedge Potatoes With Ramp & Cilantro Aioli

I’m really going wild with the ramps this Spring. There’s this pressure to just eat as many as humanly possible seeing they’re only in season for a few weeks each year! This time I used them in an aioli to go with the Adirondack red potatoes I got this week. These potatoes are actually red on the inside. They taste just like regular potatoes, but it’s fun to cut them open and not have them be the usual off white color we’re used to. I used Greek yogurt to make the aioli a little healthier. It went great with the spicy potatoes!

2 medium potatoes, cut into wedges (not too thin or they’ll crisp too much)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Good pinch of black pepper
1 cup Greek yogurt
3 ramps, chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
1 lime wedge

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the potatoes into wedges, and place in a large bowl of ice water for about 20 minutes. Pat the potatoes dry then toss them in a bowl with olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Spread the potatoes on a baking sheet and cooking for about 20 minutes on each side until golden brown and a little crispy. In the meantime, make the aioli. Sauté the ramps in a little olive oil for a minute or two, then place in a food processor with the Greek yogurt, cilantro, pepper, and lime juice. Mix until smooth. Serve the potatoes with a little fresh cilantro on top and the aioli on the side. Enjoy!