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Corn, Sweet Onion & Zucchini Saute with Fresh Mint

Often zucchini, corn and mint are all growing at the same time, this is not your usual way to bring these flavours together but do try it this is yummy!

2 tbsp. butter

1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

1 1/2 cups small-diced sweet onion

1 tsp. salt; more to taste

1 1/4 cups small-diced zucchini (about 5 oz. or medium-small zucchini)

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

2 tsp. minced garlic

Scant 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

Scant 1 tsp. ground coriander

2 to 3 tbsp. chopped fresh mint

One-quarter lemon

Freshly ground black pepper


Melt 1 tbsp. of the butter with the olive oil in a 10-inch straight-sided saute pan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onions and 1/2 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 tbsp. 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 1/2 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 1/2 tbsp. of the mint, a good squeeze of lemon, and 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 if needed. Serve warm, sprinkled with the remaining mint. 

Serves four as a side dish.

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