Summer Corn & Feta Orzo
September 6 2020
With the wind-down of the summer corn season, we say farewell with this delicious orzo recipe. We combine charred corn with tomatoes, herbs, feta, crispy proscuitto and orzo to make an incredible side dish to any entrée.
A sauce of browned butter, shallots & jalapeńo gets tossed over the cooked orzo. Proscuitto gets crisped up in the oven. And corn gets a char from being grilled over a hot fire.
Combine it all together and we are happy corn lovers! Goodbye, summer...
Summer Corn &
Makes: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
1 pound dry orzo pasta
2 ounces prosciutto, torn
4 tbsps salted butter
2 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
1/4 jalapeño, seeded if desired, and chopped
2 tbsps fresh thyme leaves
2 tbsps fresh lemon juice
2 tbsps champagne or apple cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
1/2 cup fresh basil, roughly chopped
1/4 cup fresh chopped chives
4 ears grilled or steamed corn, kernels removed from the cob
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
2 avocados, sliced
Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Boil the pasta to al dente, according to package directions. Drain and add the pasta right back to the pot.
Meanwhile, cook the prosciutto in a large skillet set over medium heat until crispy, about 2 minutes per side. Remove the prosciutto from the skillet.
To the skillet, add the butter. Allow the butter to brown until it smells toasted and is a deep golden color, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in the olive oil, shallot, jalapeño, and thyme. Cook 1-2 minutes, then remove from the heat. Pour the browned butter over the hot orzo. Toss to combine.
To the orzo, add the basil, chives, lemon juice, vinegar, and honey. Season with salt and pepper and toss. Stir in the corn, tomatoes, and feta. Top the pasta with crispy prosciutto and avocado. Serve warm or at room temp.
Recipe adapted from Half Baked Harvest