Border Grill Avocado Corn Relish
Makes 6 cups
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 5 ears)
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 avocados, peeled and seeded
1 large red bell pepper, cored, and seeded
4 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled and seeded*
4 scallions, white and light green parts, thinly sliced on the diagonal
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
Heat 1/2 cup of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté the corn with the salt and pepper, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
Cut the avocados, bell pepper, and roasted poblanos into 1/4-inch dice. Add to the sautéed corn along with the scallions, red wine vinegar, and remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Mix well and let sit 20 to 30 minutes to blend the flavors. Serve at room temperature.
Corn relish can be stored, tightly covered, in the refrigerator up to a day. To make 2 to 3 days in advance, mix all the ingredients except for the avocado and store in the refrigerator. Add the avocado shortly before serving.
* Fresh chiles and bell peppers can be roasted over a gas flame or on a tray under the broiler. Keep turning so the skin is evenly charred, without burning and drying out the flesh. Transfer charred peppers to a plastic bag, tie the top closed and let steam until cool to the touch, about 15 minutes. (If you are rushed, you can place the bag in a bowl of iced water to speed things up.) The best way to peel is just to pull off the charred skin by hand and then dip the peppers briefly in water to remove any blackened bits. Do not peel the peppers under running water since that will wash away flavorful juices. Once peeled, cut away stems, seeds, and veins.
Copyright © 2005, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger
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