Around the world in corn ~ 20 recipes to celebrate the harvest

Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

I can get behind a holiday in which corn on the cob is the star. The Green Corn Ceremony (a.k.a. The Busk) is just that – a Native American celebration marking the first corn harvest of the season… which usually occurs in August or September. Not only is The Busk a time to feast on corn in a variety of forms, it is a time to right old wrongs, clean the home, and purify the mind.

Mind. Belly. Spirit.

In honor of the harvest, I’ve gathered the dozens of corn recipes we tried when we cooked our way around the world. I invite you to try one of these recipes and share your photos on Instagram with #GlobalTableAdventure (be sure to include the people and food pics).  Let us know how it went! I’ll regram the yummiest ones! (And be sure to leave a comment below with what you’d most like to try!)

No passports required – by trying one of the recipes below, you can be where ever you’d like in… a… forkbeat!

 

Mealie Bread | SWAZILAND [Recipe]

The moistest, corn-blasted cornbread around. (with no cornflour in sight!)… Try it warm with a pat of butter!

Mealie Bread Recipe from Swaziland | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

 

Street Corn with Lime Juice, Chilies and Salt | KENYA [Recipe]

There’s almost nothing easier than rolling hot, grilled corn in salt, lime juice, and minced chili peppers… and it tastes amazing. Take a hint from the Kenyans and make it a staple in your life.

Kenyan Street Corn | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Here’s a recipe card I made, if you want to pin it for later:

How to make Kenyan Street Corn

 

Fresh Corncakes with Cheese | Cachapas | VENEZUELA [Recipe]

Just three main ingredients: corn, masa harina, and an ooey gooey cheese like queso mano or mozzarella. Ready, set, get your stretch on!

Venezuelan Cachapas Recipe | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Around the world in corn ~ 20 recipes to celebrate the harvest

 

Coconut Curried Corn | Galey iyo Qumbo | SOMALIA [Recipe]

Ohhh, Somalia! Serve up this curried corn at the next potluck… everyone will be happy with the luscious sauce – a blend of creamy coconut milk, turmeric, tomato sauce, and onion.

Coconut Curried Corn | Galey iyo Qumbo| Somalia | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Spiced Elote | Mexican Corn on the Cob with cheese, chili powder & lime juice | MEXICO [Recipe]

Say Hola to lady Mexico with this standard street food – Rich, cheesy elote (don’t forget the chili powder). Not just tasty – this one’s a looker, too!

Spiced Elote | Mexican corn on the cob | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Roasted Squash with Corn and Cheese | ZIMBABWE [Recipe]

The very last country we cooked on our quest to eat the world. This one is as good on the grill as it is in the oven, making it a year-round staple. One of my daughter Ava’s most requested side dishes!

Zimbabwe's Roasted Squash with corn and cheese | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Potato and Corn Casserole | Pastel de papa con eliote | ARGENTINA [Recipe]

Comfort food deluxe… mashed potatoes with a pureed corn topping. I like the crusty bits on the edges!

Potato and Corn Casserole (Pastel de papa con eliote) | Argentina | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

 

Pancho | URUGUAY [Recipe]

Corn on a hot dog? In Uruguay they’d tell you… sí!

Pancho | Uruguay | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Cheesy Cornbread with fried peppers | Sopa Paraguaya | PARAGUAY [Recipe]

Inside you’ll find tons of flavor thanks to fried peppers and onion with cottage cheese, monterey jack, and more. Practically a meal in itself!

Sopa Paraguaya | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Grilled Corn with Coconut Milk | CAMBODIA [Recipe]

This is the big easy! Just corn and coconut milk! To mix things up, try adding a little sugar and chopped green onion to the coconut milk. (Thanks to reader Sophie S.W. for sharing this yummy suggestion on our Facebook page)

Cambodian Grilled Corn | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Dutch Potato Salad | Huzarensalade  | THE NETHERLANDS [Recipe]

This one has it all: Ham, hard-boiled eggs, corn, gherkins, apples, and so much more. Perfect for a hot afternoon’s feast!

Dutch Potato Salad | The Netherlands | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Irio | TANZANIA [Recipe]

This east African favorite is a classic on our tables now… mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, peas and a whole lotta love!

Irio | Tanzania | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Mealie Bread with Blackened Chilies | ZAMBIA [Recipe

This mildly spicy cornbread is GREAT with a bowl of piping hot chili. The pieces of corn make it even more irresistible.

Mealie Bread with Blackened Chilies | Zambia | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Nigerian Curried Fried Rice | NIGERIA [Recipe]

Curry? Rice? Veggies? Fried???? Yes, please and thank you!

Nigerian Curried Fried Rice | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Albanian Cornbread with Feta | ALBANIA [Recipe]

A bright, fresh cornbread featuring feta and green onion. Good enough to eat.

Albanian Cornbread with Feta | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Corn with Plantains | CAMEROON [Recipe]

Here’s a nice, homey side dish from Cameroon. Cooked peppers, plantains, and corn… seasoned with red palm oil, a West African staple. Easy peasy!

Corn with Plantains | Cameroon | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

South American Chicken Casserole (Pastel del Choclo) | CHILE |  [Recipe]

A funky combination of chicken, egg, and olives under a sweet corn topping. A strange but utterly addictive combination that’ll have you smiling from ear to ear.

South American Chicen Casserole | Pastel del Choclo | Chile | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Mamaliga | Dense Cornmeal “Bread” | MOLDOVA [Recipe]

Think polenta of sorts… but Moldovan… Serve it up with stewed meats and pickled veggies.

Maliga | Moldovan Cornbread | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

Corn on the Cob with Fried Cheese | BOLIVIA [Recipe]

Corn with cheese… it’s a theme, even in Bolivia.  There’s gotta be something to this trend!

bolivian-recipe

Sweet Corn Atol  | El Salvadore [Recipe]

And, yes, there’s even a lovely sweet drink made from corn called atol. All you’ll need is a blender and a smile… and you’ll be sippin’ pretty in no time!

Sweet Corn Atol | El Salvadore | Celebrate Corn season with 20 dishes from around the world

So many great recipes, so little time.

Perhaps, with all of us cooking, we can make them all!

So….

What recipe are you going to try with your family?

Leave a comment below so we can all be inspired!

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Comments

  1. These recipes look amazing! I want to try them all. Where to start is the problem! Thanks for putting together such yummy looking collection of corn recipes.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Thanks Kara – the grilled ones are super fun and not time consuming – they might just be the trick for the heat of summer, too. Have fun!

  2. What talent! My husband cooks for us. I don’t like it much… but I love eating! In Mexico corn is called elota. And Mexicans love to eat corn on the cob with mayonnaise. I haven’t tried it yet… I suppose I should!

    • Sorry, it’s elote for corn on the cob… still working on my spelling!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      We tried it for the first time recently and loved it with all the other flavors… thought I probably went lighter on the mayo than a true Mexican would… pass the recipe on to your husband and see if he’ll grill some up :)

  3. Over the past school year, our project was to try recipes from South and Central America. Panchos were a big hit (easy way to get kids to eat corn!) and we absolutely loved the Bolivian Corn on the Cob with Fried Cheese. Both of those recipes keep returning to our dinner table, especially in the summer.

    From this list, I am definitely trying Cambodian Grilled Corn with Coconut Milk very soon. Pinned the recipes for Squash with Cheese and Corn, Mamaliga, and the Tanzanian mashed potatoes to try too.

    • Sasha Martin says:

      Awesome, Kym… I love what you’re doing with your kids/students! It’s so good for their world view and bellies, too ;) Enjoy!!

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