When I was a kid, corn was my absolute favorite vegetable. Served with butter and salt, I’m pretty sure I would have been happy eating it every single night (maybe with a break once in a while for lima beans… yeah, I was the weirdo that didn’t hate lima beans.) These days though, corn has sort of fallen to the wayside. We occasionally grab a few ears to throw on the grill in the summer, but it doesn’t make a regular appearance in our kitchen.
That’s about to change.
Kitchen PLAY and Sunshine Sweet Corn asked me to “put a little sweet in my step” by creating a recipe featuring sweet corn. It took a lot of brainstorming to come up some ideas, but once I did they didn’t stop coming: sweet corn cakes topped with shrimp, millet with pickled corn and scallions, savory pancakes with corn and cheddar cheese…
(Keep reading to find out how you can help me come up with more ideas, and win a $50 gift card!)
While those all sounded delicious (and will probably all make an appearance in my kitchen soon!) I was really stuck on the idea of using the corn in a sweet recipe. I tossed the idea of corn pancakes with blueberry sauce out to Shawn, and he immediately answered with a resounding yes. In fact, he asked me if I would make them the very next day! (He also asked if I could add bourbon to the sauce, so that stroke of brilliance as all him.)
Neither of us could get over how delicious these waffles were! The corn adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the waffles – there’s no added sugar in the batter – and charring it a little gives them a slightly smokey flavor. The waffles also have an amazing texture, thanks to whole wheat flour, corn grits, and steel cut oats. They’re crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy inside, with little nuggets of crunchy oats scattered throughout.
Disclosure: I was paid to create this recipe for Sunshine Sweet Corn and Kitchen PLAY.
Enter to Win!
I started a Pinterest board dedicated to delicious corn recipes, and I’d love for you to help me fill it up. If pinning with me doesn’t seem fun enough as it is (and I really do hope that sounds fun – I’m obsessed with Pinterest!), Sunshine Sweet Corn will sweeten the deal with a $50 gift card given to one random pinner.
Want in? Leave me a comment on this post and I’ll add you to the board (you’ll have to have a Pinterest account to participate.)
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Open to US residents age 18 and older.
This sweepstakes is sponsored by Sunshine Sweet Corn in partnership with Kitchen PLAY. One prize of a $50 Visa gift card will be awarded randomly to one eligible entrant. To be eligible to win, reader must request to be added to the Sweet Corn Pinterest group board maintained by Healthy. Delicious., via the comments on this post. Once added to the group board, he/she must then add at least one pin featuring sweet corn to the group board during the sweepstakes period. (Pinning from the Florida Sweet Corn Pinterest board (http://www.pinterest.com/freshsweetcorn/) is allowed.)
This promotion begins at 9:00 AM ET on April 10, 2014 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on April 17, 2014. Winner will be selected randomly on April 18, 2014 from all eligible entries and notified by email. Winner must provide shipping address within 48 hours of notification, at which time a new winner will be chosen randomly from all remaining eligible entries. Odds of winning depend on final number of eligible entries. Total value of prize is $50; no cash will be awarded in exchange for the prize.