Photo: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Cindy Manning Barr
1 dried ancho chile (about 1 ounce)
1 1/2 ounces sun-dried tomatoes, packed without oil (about 20)
2 cups boiling water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup minced red onion
1 garlic clove, minced
3 cups fresh corn kernels
2 cups diced zucchini
1/4 cup tequila
1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Vegetable cooking spray
8 cups torn romaine lettuce
How to Make It
Remove stem and seeds from chile. Combine chile, tomatoes, and boiling water; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup liquid. Chop chile and tomatoes; set aside.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add reserved 1/4 cup liquid, corn, zucchini, and tequila; cook 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender and liquid nearly evaporates. Spoon into a bowl; stir in chopped chile, chopped tomato, tarragon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let cool to room temperature.
Trim fat from pork; rub pork with cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper. Prepare grill. Place pork on rack coated with cooking spray; cover and cook 20 minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160°, turning pork occasionally. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place 2 cups lettuce in each of 4 salad bowls; top each with 1 cup corn mixture and one-fourth of pork slices.
Note: Substitute 4 quail, cleaned, if desired. Split each quail in half lengthwise; sprinkle 3/4 teaspoon cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper over both sides of quail. Prepare grill. Place quail on grill rack coated with cooking spray; cover and cook 5 minutes on each side or until quail is done.
I varied this recipe by adding cilantro to the corn salad after it cooked, and by using a pablano pepper instead of a dried ancho. We also served the warm corn salad alongside warm pork, without the lettuce and the salad format. It was good, healthy, and used up some of our late summer corn and zucchini. I'll keep track of this recipe!
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