Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Revved Up Caramelized Corn with Onions and Red Bell Peppers

When dealing with bold southwest flavors, such as the ones found in this side dish, I find it’s best to prepare them while listening to some equally bold music. For this dish I choose the tunes of ZZ Top, to add a dose of spiced-up energy to my southwestern style cooking experience!

The bands rockin’ blues based blend of music revved things up a notch as I embarked on preparing this straight forward no-nonsense side dish. I have to admit that listening to their song "I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide" added some serious attitude to my cooking!

I felt like a “bad ass” cook, if there is such a thing. I imagined I was “all this” and “all that” while browning the corn and chopping the onions and peppers. While I was in my own little fantasy cooking zone, I hit the caramelized corn, onions and red peppers with a melody of garlic, chili powder and cilantro to give this side some southwest flair! Much like the music of ZZ Top, this dish is more than the sum of its parts!

What music would you pair with this southwestern style side dish?

Revved Up Caramelized Corn with Onions and Red Bell Peppers

1 cup thawed frozen kernel corn
2 tsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, chopped
¼ cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
½ tsp chili powder
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
Salt and pepper

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add corn and cook until it begins to dry and brown, about 6 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Add oil to skillet and reduce heat to medium. Add bell pepper and onions. Cook until peppers are tender, about 8 minutes. Add garlic and chili powder. Cook and stir for 1 minute more.

Mix in cilantro and cooked corn. Stir until heated through, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Serve.

Volume: Makes 4 servings

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie


  1. First time on your blog. I like how you use instruments, lyrics and volume :-)
    I went through a couple of your recipes but this one looks simple, tasty and healthy! I think I would love this in a taco with some grilled chicken or meat..... good stuff!
    What sort of sauce do you think might compliment it?

  2. Nabia - Thanks for visiting my blog. I like your idea of putting it on tacos. If I was going to add a sauce I would probably go with a tomato based chili sauce.