Bowls of Happiness: Creamy Corn

Summer corn – the golden creation of Mother Nature, designed for pure joy.

There’s nothing like picnic-table dinners designed for nibbling ears of corn, biting into grilled hotdogs, or scooping up forkfuls of creamy potato salad. I miss the Butter & Sugar corn I used to find at roadside stands in New England, but sometimes, here in Florida, I can find tasty, newly-picked varieties that fill the bill.

But today we’re not having corn on the cob. We’re taking off the niblets and sautéing them ever-so-lightly with butter, a bit of cream, and salt and pepper. The simplicity honors the pure flavor of the corn, which acts as a bed for something savory. And it’s all served in a bowl, of course, because that’s this month’s theme!
My grandmother’s recipe for “Gourmet Sirloin Tips” has been in her yellow, index-sized, metal recipe box for decades. My mom also made it when I was a kid, and now it’s one of my go-to dishes when I crave beef, because it’s easy and tasty.
Sirloin is a lean cut of meat, so pre-marinating (for grilling) or slow cooking/braising (like this recipe) enhances the meat’s natural ‘beefy’ flavor and makes it super-tender. The sauce ingredients are simple – Worcestershire sauce, ketchup and garlic (I also add beef stock), resulting in a tangy sauce that’s great with sweet corn.
When done, I topped the meat with gremolata, that classic mix of parsley, garlic and lemon zest, to ease some richness of the meat and its sauce. For more nutrients and texture, I even added sautéed kale (you could substitute Swiss chard).
This bowl of deliciousness makes a hearty meal, and it’s even better when eaten with a spoon!
P.S. for something a little different, try this lime-y corn dish from Thomas Keller, or maybe my Summer corn chowder 🙂

Creamy Corn with Slow-Roasted Beef Tips

An simple dish of Summer corn kernels bathed in a abit of heavy cream and butter, paired with savory, slow-roasted beef tips.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: dinner, Main Course
Keyword: corn, heavy cream, sirloin
Servings: 4
Author: Nicole Coudal

Ingredients

Sirloin Tips

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Sirloin tips (small-medium size)
  • 2 Tb. Vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves Garlic, peeled & minced
  • 1 c. Ketchup
  • 3 Tb. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 c. Beef or vegetable stock
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper

Gremolata

  • 1 Lemon, zested
  • 1 clove Garlic, peeled & roughly chopped
  • 1/2 c. Flat leaf parsley leaves

Corn

  • 4 ears Fresh corn
  • 4 Tb. Unsalted butter
  • 1/4 tsp. Kosher or sea salt
  • 1 pinch Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. Heavy cream
  • 3-4 Tb. Fresh parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

Sirloin Tips

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut meat into bite-sized pieces (or large chunks, if not serving in a small bowl). Sprinkle all sides with salt and pepper.
  • In a small bowl, combine 2 cloves chopped garlic, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce and set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat a large, oven-proof skillet over high heat, then add vegetable oil. (Note: if you have a cast iron pan, that's even better).
  • Add meat to pan, ensuring no overlap (you don't want to steam the meat - if pan is too crowded, make another batch). Sear the pieces until brown, but not well-done.
  • Add sauce to pan, cover and place in oven 1 hour.
  • While meat cooks, make gremolata by placing all ingredients on a cutting board and mincing with a chef's knife until all pieces are well-blended and finely chopped. Set aside in a small bowl until ready to serve.

Corn

  • While meat cooks, stand each corn cob in a deep bowl and run a chef's knife down each side to remove the kernels. Be sure to scrape any liquid the kernels leave behind by running the back of your knife over the cobs after kernels are removed. Set aside.
  • Approximately 10 minutes before the meat is done, heat a large non-stick pan over high heat, then add 4 Tb. butter. When melted, add the corn and stir. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp. salt and a pinch of pepper. Add cream and reduce heat to medium/low so the corn slowly absorbs some cream, about 5-7 minutes. If the corn gets too 'dry' simply add a bit more cream. Turn off heat, taste for seasoning, and stir in parmesan (if using).
  • Serve beef alongside corn (and sauteed greens, if using). Sprinkle gremolata over beef for some freshness.

Notes

If you can find freshly-picked, tender corn, grab all you can, since that will be the best in this recipe!

Prepare sautéed kale or Swiss chard by removing the tough stems, chopping the leaves, and tossing the batch into a hot pan with about 1 Tb. olive oil. Stir to combine, then reduce heat, add a little water, and let the greens steam until tender, just a few minutes.

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