With the arrival of warmer temperatures — and some serious rain — The Ladies are tapping into some of city’s freshest flavors. A perfectly light May lunch last week included some of the season’s best offerings: cilantro and dill for a leafy kick, radishes for a crisp accent, and some sweet corn to finish off the meal, as a prelude to some of the summer’s finest flavors. These warmer days are all about embracing the city’s transformation from winter’s greynesss to spring’s sunshine-y greenness. Clearly we are partial to the latter. Barring the occasional (okay, maybe frequent…) rains, we at bigLITTLE are enjoying these changes immensely. What better way to embrace our surroundings than dressing up some of our very own, local goodies? Well, The Ladies did just that last week. Check out the ever-seasonal menu below!
CHICKEN SALAD, REDESIGNED
Slow Roasted Chicken / Radish / Sweet Corn / Cilantro / Cotija Cheese / Bibb Lettuce / Buttermilk Dill Sauce
QUINOA SIDE SALAD
Quinoa / Caramelized Onions / Black Beans / Cilantro
Sweet Corn / Brown Butter Graham Cracker Crust
Yield: 12 servings
FOR THE SOUFFLE:
1 lb. Sweet Corn, Blanched until tender (this removes the starchiness)
1/3 C Sugar
3 TB All Purpose Flour
1 TS Vanilla
1/2 C Butter, Melted
Powdered Sugar, for dusting
FOR THE BASE:
1 Box Graham Crackers
1 C Brown Sugar
1 TB Salt
2 Sticks Butter, Melted
1. Preheat oven to 350˚. Line a 9 x 13″ sheet pan with parchment paper.
2. In a Cuisinart blend graham cracker and brown sugar and salt until fine dust. Slowly pour in melted butter until mixture comes together. Spread onto prepared baking sheet. Bake in oven for ten minutes.
3. While your crust is baking, in a blender or vitamin, puree corn, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and butter until smooth. About four minutes. Once pureed, add flour and blend for another two minutes.
4. Remove graham cracker crust from the oven and pour corn mixture on top.
5. Bake in oven for 20 minutes until completely set.
6. Allow to cool at least one hour, best if chilled in the refrigerator for an additional hour. Cut into desired portions and dust with powdered sugar. Enjoy!