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What to do with... that tin of sweetcorn hiding in the press

We’re all ears for these delicious corn recipes.

Tacos with corn salsa
Tacos with corn salsa
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THIS WEEK WE’RE looking at another basic kitchen staple: tinned sweetcorn. While it may not sound like the most glamourous part of your weekly shop, there are many delicious ways to transform a tin of sweetcorn into an impressive brunch, dinner or snack.

As well as being handy to add to sandwiches and salads, tinned sweetcorn is a healthy food choice that contains many nutritional benefits and is rich in antioxidants. The small amount of fat in a tin of sweetcorn is made up of mostly heart-healthy monosaturated fat. Sweetcorn also has surprisingly more potassium than a banana. Who knew?!

Read our favourite ways with sweetcorn below, which can all be thrown together in under 30 minutes.

Sweetcorn Soup: Sweetcorn soup is perfect for a lazy weekend lunch, and is both comforting and tasty! Start off by frying some onion, garlic and cubed potato for about 10 minutes, taking care to ensure the onion doesn’t brown. Add a tin of drained sweetcorn, followed by some hot chicken or vegetable stock and simmer for a further 10 minutes, until the potato is cooked. Stir in a dash of cream, and season to taste. Blend until smooth and serve with lots of fresh bread or, even better, cheese on toast!

Stuffed peppers with cheesy black beans and corn: In a pan, fry onion and garlic until soft, then stir in some cumin, chilli powder and season. Add in a tin of drained black beans, a tin of drained sweetcorn, grated cheese and stir until mixed. Cut the top off some peppers and fill with the sweetcorn mix, followed by some more cheese. Bake in a hot oven for 20 minutes and serve with rice and a side salad.

Sweetcorn Salsa: This is a really fresh recipe that can literally be made in minutes. Tip a tin of drained sweetcorn into a bowl along with some finely chopped red onion, diced tomatoes, coriander, chilli and seasoning. Add a squeeze of lime to taste and voila! Delicious served as a snack with some tortilla chips or topped with fish for a main meal.

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Sweetcorn Fritters: Sweetcorn fritters are delicious hot or cold, and can be whipped up from scratch in under 20 minutes. Add a large tin of drained sweetcorn to a bowl along with some chopped spring onion, salt, pepper and a pinch of paprika. Add the mixture to a blender with 120g self raising flour, 150ml water and blend for just a minute or two until the mixture comes together.

Heat some olive oil in a pan and ladle in the mixture to make small fritters. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until crisp. To serve, top with sliced avocado and a poached egg for an impressive brunch.

Creamed Corn: Creamed corn is hugely popular in the States, and goes well with almost everything from roast dinners to grilled chicken. Heat some butter in a pan and saute chopped onion for about 5 to 10 minutes. Add a large tin of sweetcorn (drained) along with a small tub of cream and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Season with salt, pepper and add in a handful of grated mozzarella or white cheese. Stir until the mixture melts together and serve immediately.

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