Corn Wheels and Zucchini Soup

To cut the corn, use a mallet or hammer to gently drive a heavy knife or cleaver through the cob.


Makes 6 or 7 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 118
Caloriesfromfat 6.9 %
Protein 12 g
Fat 0.9 g
Satfat 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 17 g
Fiber 2.4 g
Sodium 95 mg
Cholesterol 0.0 mg


1/2 cup dehydrated masa flour (corn tortilla flour)
2 quarts fat-skimmed chicken or vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
3/4 pound zucchini
3 ears corn (each about 6 in.)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Lime wedges
Salt and pepper


1. In a 4- to 5-quart pan, mix masa flour with 1 cup broth until smooth. Stir over high heat until mixture boils, then reduce heat to medium-low and stir until masa is thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Pour onto a flat plate. Spread evenly to make a 3/4-inch-thick cake; let cool.

2. Meanwhile, rinse pan and add remaining broth and garlic. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat.

3. Trim and discard zucchini ends. Cut zucchini into 3/4-inch cubes. Add zucchini to pan; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, discard husks and silks from corn. Cut corn crosswise into 1-inch-thick wheels. Also cut masa into 3/4-inch chunks. Add corn and masa chunks to broth.

5. Cover pan and return to boiling over high heat; simmer until corn is hot, about 3 minutes.

6. Ladle into bowls. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve with lime wedges, salt, and pepper to season portions to taste.

July 1998
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