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Spaghetti with Creamy Corn and Ham

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Larry Eiker
Summer is here and fresh corn is on the market shelves. So let us celebrate America with this fresh corn dish. Even add some chardonnay or sauvignon blanc wine with this dish and you will be the "Bell of the Ball."

To serve four on any given evening take:

4 large ears corn, husks and silk removed

cup heavy cream

3 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley

teaspoon salt

teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

pound spaghetti

pound sliced, smoked ham, cut into thin strips

2 tablespoon butter, cut into pieces

Now prepare the corn by cutting the kernels from the ear of the corn by breaking the ear in half with your hands, or cut it with a knife. Stand each half on end of a cutting board and, using a large knife, cut straight down the sides to remove the kernels. It is easier to cut the kernels off cooked corn than raw because the juice splatters less.

1. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the ears of corn until just done, about 3 minutes. Remove the corn from the pot and save the hot water to cook the spaghetti. When the ears of corn are cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off the cob. You should have about 3 cups of kernels.

2. Put the corn in a food process with the cream, parsley, salt, and pepper. Pulse three or four times to chop the corn to a coarse puree.

3. Return the water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until just done, about 12 minutes. Reserve about cup of the pasta water. Drain the spaghetti and toss with 1/3 cup of the reserved pasta water, the corn mixture, the ham, and the butter. If the sauce seems too thick, add more of the reserved pasta water.

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Larry Eiker is a Kennett resident who enjoys traveling all over the world and experiencing great food, while bringing some of those ideas back home to the Bootheel to share with others.

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