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Side Dish Recipes

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While they aren’t meant to steal the limelight and take your attention away from the main dish, side dishes are meant to be enjoyable and satisfying. Here are some easy to make side dish recipes that you can use when you want to add more flavour and pizzazz to your meal times.

Cheesy Corn on the Cob

Want to put a little twist on your everyday corn on the cob? Why not try a lime-spiked mayo and cheese magic on your tasty grilled cobs. This is definitely something that even the kiddies will enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 6 corn on the cob, husks intact
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 limes
  • 90 g Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

Method

  • Soak corn in cold water for half an hour
  • Meanwhile, place mayo in bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest and juice one lime and add into bowl
  • Mix well, taste and add more juice, to taste.
  • On a plate, spread mayo and add paprika. Set aside
  • In another large plate, grate cheese and set aside.
  • Preheat griddle pan over high heat. Cook corn, not forgetting to turn occasionally.
  • Roll each corn cob into mayo then into cheese. Shake off any excess and serve.

Corn Salsa

Corn is kid friendly. If you want a side dish that also wins over the little ones, then a corn salsa is a quick side dish solution.

Ingredients

  • 4 corn on the cob
  • ½ a fresh red chilli
  • ½ a bunch of fresh coriander
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 4 spring onions
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt

Method

  • Heat griddle pan on medium-high heat.
  • When hot, cook corn for 15 minutes. Don’t forget to turn regularly.
  • Place on chopping board and let cool.
  • Remove corn kernels and place in a mixing bowl.
  • Roughly chop coriander leaves. Discarding stalks. Add leaves to bowl.
  • Cut chilli in half. Remove seeds and white pith. Slice into fine strips and place in the bowl.
  • Slice spring onions finely, then add to bowl.
  • Chop up tomatoes, add a pinch of salt, and toss to bowl.
  • Cut limes in half and squeeze juice into bowl.
  • Drizzle with EVOO, mix well, and then serve.

Asparagus

For those of you who want vegetables, this asparagus side dish will keep you preoccupied and satisfied before the main dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch medium sized asparagus
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp lemon zest

Method

  • Rinse asparagus thoroughly and prepare.
  • Cut into sections, slicing slightly diagonally
  • Fill medium-sized saucepan halfway with water and bring to the boil
  • Reduce heat slightly to a simmer and toss in asparagus. Parboil for 2 minutes.
  • Drain hot water. Immediately toss asparagus into bowl and mix with olive oil, Parmesan, and lemon rind.
  • Add salt and pepper, to taste. Serve warm.

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