Corn Dip with Tomatoes and Basil

by Maris Callahan on July 4, 2010

Thanks to Michael Pollan, many of us know that corn is America’s #1 crop.

We also know that corn is versatile: it can lend itself to recipes sweet or savory, healthy or indulgent: cornbread, chile corn chowder or sweet corn balls.  It pairs especially well with a lot of really fresh, great ingredients including my favorite combination: basil.

Even though it’s  often eaten plain on the cob alongside cookouts or clambakes. Decorated with butter, salt and pepper, corn on the cob is a great summer treat, but a creative cook – no, a creative eater, will get a lot of mileage out of corn beyond the cob.

Corn Dip with Tomatoes and Basil

What you need:

1 3/4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears) or frozen kernels
1/3 cup 2 percent milk
1/3 cup silken tofu
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
Freshly ground pepper
8 cherry tomatoes, quartered, or 2 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
3 cups baked white-corn chips (6 ounces) for serving

What you do:

1. Cook corn and milk in a skillet over medium-high heat until corn is tender, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool completely.

2. Puree 2/3 cup corn mixture, the tofu, lime juice, and salt in a food processor; season with pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl, and stir in remaining corn mixture, the tomatoes, and basil. Serve with chips. Dip can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 day.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Daryl July 4, 2010 at 8:59 am

Looks terrific. I love hordourves (even tho I can’t spell it) I can make a meal of it. This is pretty healthy too.


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) July 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Corn, tomato and basil is one of my favorite combinations, too. Sometimes I like to add black beans, for texture and color.


Joanne July 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I had my first corn dip not so long ago but it was nowhere near as healthy or as tasty as this!


Sues July 6, 2010 at 8:08 am

This looks amazing!! I can’t believe I’ve never spotted this MS recipe before, but it’s definitely something I’m going to have to try in the future :)


kat July 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

What a great summer dip!


MaNiC MoMMy July 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

OMG I want your corn dip!


Maryann August 16, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Sounds like what Grandma used to make.


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