Roasted Corn & Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese and Ginger/Tomatillo Sauce

This turned out to be one of most fun recipes to cook. I kept tasting the sauce and looking at Herbert saying “It worked. Taste this again! It WORKED!”

Ginger and Tomatillo ‘sounded’ like they would pair well together. The sweet spice of fresh ginger and the tart pungency of tomatillos. Add in sugar to bring the bitter under control.

The corn was also one of the best surprises. I sing its praises over on Kitchen Geeking. It really was some of the sweetest corn I’ve ever tasted in my life. Cooked with no seasoning, no butter, just steam from the husk in the dry heat of a 350 degree oven.

Garnish with scallions for a crunch and fresh onion flavor.

Roasted Corn & Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese and Ginger/Tomatillo Sauce

  • ½ pound orzo
  • 3 ears of corn
  • 1 jar of roasted red peppers
  • 3 T minced fresh ginger
  • 12 medium tomatillos, husk and stems removed
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ log of goat cheese
  • Water
  • Salt pepper

    Salad

    1. Cook orzo until al dente. Strain and place in bowl. Toss through with olive oil to avoid clumps.
    2. Place ears of corn in husks in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Remove hushs and slice corn off the cob.
    3. Dice peppers and add with corn to large bowl. Toss through with salt and pepper.

    Ginger Tomatillo Sauce

    1. Place ginger, tomatillos and water to cover in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tomatillos are soft.
    2. Place solids in food processor and add liquid by ¼ cup full until sauce is thick to coat the back of a spoon.

    Place ½ cup orzo salad on a plate with a 2 oz. round of goat cheese and pour sauce over goat cheese.

    Thanks to Susan for the photo of this dish.

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5 Responses to “Roasted Corn & Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese and Ginger/Tomatillo Sauce”

  1. Bonita Springs Real Estate Says:

    Help me. 🙂 Are the “solids” in the food processor everything? The corn, tomatillos, red peppers?

  2. undergroundkitchen Says:

    they’re two separate pieces of the dish. the salad is the corn, peppers, and orzo.

    the ginger/tomatillo sauce is made in the food processor.

  3. Bonita Springs Real Estate Says:

    I kind of thought so but just wanted to double check. Picked up tomatillo’s after Noon Rotary today. I’m roasting the peppers right now!

  4. ReStoring the Community - Underground Kitchen « Fork You… Says:

    […] next course was announced from my end of the table.  A roasted corn orzo pasta placed next to a ginger infused tomatillo sauce with a slice of goat cheese.  This dish hit my […]

  5. Bonita Springs Real Estate Says:

    Just an update. Last night, I served a variation of this dish. I didn’t have orzo so I served it over bow tie pasta and swapped the goat cheese for blackened shrimp. ‘Twas delish!

    I think the pasta/corn/pepper/tomatillo sauce would be a great cold summer salad dish, also. Thanx for the inspiration.

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