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Curried Skillet Corn with Fontina
By Jim Bailey, a.ka. "The Yankee Chef"

If there ever was a cheese that fits perfectly with corn, it would be Fontina. It is
similar to Gruyere and Emmental in texture when melted and has a slight
nuttiness. But it is the great buttery flavor that makes this cheese not only perfect
with vegetables such as corn, but the first choice in "Fonduta's," which is the
Italian version of our Fondue.

Save this recipe for late summer, early fall when you see the abundance of road-
side stands popping up selling fresh corn. This dish is quite remarkable when
taking that little extra time and effort to boil, bake or cook fresh corn on the grill
then cut off the sweet kernels before continuing with this amazingly sweet and
salty dish.

We have livened up the already sweet corn by giving it a smooth kick in the
kernel. Although the jalapeno gives it "robustness" the cheese allows that spice
to soften the kick.

1/4 cup butter or margarine butter
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
6 ears corn, kernels cut off (about 3 1/2-4 cups)*
2 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup light cream or half-and-half
3 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeno peppers.
1 cup Fontina cheese, cubed

In a large skillet or pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. When melted, add
bell pepper and jalapeno peppers.

Cook, stirring almost constantly until softened, about 2 minutes.

Stir in the corn, curry powder and vegetable broth. Bring it to a boil, reduce heat
to low and add cream.

Stir well and add cheese. Continue cooking and stirring until the cheese is
melted. Season to taste and remove from heat and serve hot.

*Use canned corn (drained) or frozen whole kernel as well.


About the author: Jim Bailey is The Yankee Chef™. Bailey is a third generation chef, a
New England food historian and food columnist. His first in a series of cookbooks is due out
in January of 2013, titled The Yankee Chef. He would love to hear from anyone about their
old family recipes. Email Jim Bailey any questions or comments:
theyankeechef@aol.com.
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