Grilled Corn Salsa Bruschetta
1/2 cup diced red onion (¼-inch dice)
2 tablespoons Red wine vinegar or more to taste
5 large ears corn husked
Extra-virgin olive oil
Gray salt and freshly ground pepper
4 pounds large vine-ripened tomatoes about 1 total
1/4 cup Julienned fresh basil
1/2 loaf Good crusty bread such
Put the onions in the non-reactive medium bowl and toss with the 2 tablespoons of vinegar. Let marinate until the color changes, about 10 minutes.
Brush the corn liberally with olive oil and season well with salt and pepper. Grill, turning every few minutes, until light gold all over and cooked, about 12 minutes. Let cool and cut off the kernels. Discard the cobs. Add the corn to the onions.
Core the tomatoes and cut a small X on the bottom of each. Brush with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and place on the grill, X side down, away from direct heat. Cover the grill and cook until the tomatoes begin to soften but are not cooked all the way through (or they will melt through the grate!), about 15 minutes. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then peel. Cut the tomatoes in half crosswise and squeeze out the juice and the seeds<
Add the chopped tomatoes, reserved tomato juice, and basil to the corn. Toss well. Taste for seasoning and adjust with salt, pepper, and more vinegar, if necessary. The salsa is best eaten the same day but will keep, covered and refrigerated, a day or so.
Slice bread into thick slices and grill them so that they are crisp on the outside, but still soft within. Serve the salsa on it as a first course. It's so simple, it can easily be assembled amid the tumult of family gatherings!
Friday, December 4, 2009 - 2:20am