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RECIPE: Grilled Corn with Walnut Pesto

Ingredients

  • CORN
  • Fresh corn on the cob, husked (8 cobs)
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • PESTO
  • 1 large bunch fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup California walnuts
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

ASSEMBLY
1/2 cup California walnuts

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 180C. Place walnuts (for pesto and assembly) on a baking sheet. Toast walnuts for 5 minutes. Remove from oven. Chop when cool.

CORN
1. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Clean and lightly oil your grill. Brush each corn on the cob with vegetable oil. Place on the grill.
2. Grill corn for 10-15 minutes, rotating corn 2-3 times throughout cooking time. Remove corn from grill and place onto serving platter.

PESTO
1. While corn is cooking, prepare pesto. Add basil, parsley, 1 cup walnuts, parmesan cheese, lemon juice and zest, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, about 30 seconds.
2. Drizzle in olive oil and process until combined for 15-20 seconds. Spoon pesto into a bowl.

ASSEMBLY
1. Smear pesto with a knife over the top side of each corn on the cob. Sprinkle corn with 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts. Serve.

BY: Chef Sabyasachi Gorai

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