Corn, Tomato & Zucchini Cazuela

A cazuela is a type of stew made in shallow, often earthenware pots, typical in South American countries. I use the name here to indicate how these flavors come together and how the ingredients are cooked, but you do not need special equipment to make this recipe. I like to serve it as a seasonal vegetable, alongside grilled meats and rice, couscous or flatbread. It’s best made during the middle of summer, when corn, tomatoes and zucchini are at their peak.

Corn, Tomato & Zucchini Cazuela

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
A cazuela is a type of stew made in shallow, often earthenware pots, typical in South American countries. I use the name here to indicate how these flavors come together and how the ingredients are cooked, but you do not need special equipment to make this recipe. I like to serve it as a seasonal vegetable, alongside grilled meats and rice, couscous or flatbread. It's best made during the middle of summer, when corn, tomatoes and zucchini are at their peak.
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Servings 8 people as a side dish

Ingredients
 

  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 3 medium tomatoes, cored and chopped
  • 2 ears corn, kernels cut from the cob
  • 1 large or two medium zucchini, diced ½-inch
  • 1 cup grated young manchego cheese, or substitute white cheddar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup cilantro, coarsely chopped

Instructions
 

  • Warm the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring so they don’t brown. Add the garlic, jalapeno, oregano and nutmeg and cook for an additional minute.
  • Add the corn to the pot and cook for 3-5 minutes while stirring. Next add the zucchini, tomatoes and the salt and cook until the tomatoes break down and create a creamy, thick, stew-like mixture. This should take about 15 minutes more. You can partially cover it if it is splattering.
  • Turn the heat to low and stir in the cheese and sour cream. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if needed, and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Sprinkle with cilantro just before serving.
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