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Corn, Sweet Onion & Zucchini Sauté with Fresh Mint

2  Tbs. unsalted butter

1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil

1 ½ cups small-diced sweet onion, such as a Vidalia (about 7 oz. or half a large onion)

1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste

1 ¼ cups small-diced zucchini (about 6 oz. or 1 medium-small zucchini)

2 slightly heaping cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 medium ears)

2 tsp. minced garlic

Scant ½ tsp. ground cumin

Scant ½ tsp. ground coriander

2 to 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint

One-quarter lemon

Freshly ground black pepper

Melt 1 Tbs. of the butter with the olive oil in a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat.  Add the onions and ½ tsp. of the salt, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.  Uncover, raise the heat to medium, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are light golden and shrunken, another 3 to 4 minutes.

Add the remaining 1 Tbs. butter and the zucchini.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the zucchini is slightly shrunken and almost tender, about 3 minutes.  Add the corn, garlic and the remaining ½ tsp. salt.  Cook, stirring frequently and scraping the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon, until the corn is tender but still slightly toothy to the bite, 3 to 4 minutes.  (It will begin to intensify in color, glisten and be somewhat shrunken in size, and the bottom of the pan may be slightly brown.)  Add the cumin and coriander and cook, stirring, until very fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Remove the pan from the heat, add all but about ½ Tbs. of the mint, a good squeeze of lemon, a few generous grinds of pepper.  Stir, let sit 2 minutes and stir again, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan (moisture released from the vegetables as they sit will loosen the bits).  Season to taste with more salt, pepper, or lemon.  Serve warm, sprinkled with the remaining mint.

Serves four as a side dish.

 

 

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