OK, so I love cooking, but I would be lying if I said everything I made turned out well. For instance, tonight was NOT a success.
Tonight was my first night cooking in over two weeks, and for a weeknight, all I wanted was something easy and delicious. Dinner tonight was easy: Frontera chipotle marinated chicken skewered with peppers and onions with grilled corn and chipotle mayo. Chop, marinate, skewer, grill. Easy.
The chicken part tasted great. It was the corn that turned this Not Quite Adult into a hiccoughing mess. How did we end up here?
Well, I was in Boston this week, and ate a Toro and had their delicious Mexican Street Corn. Grilled corn has been a favorite of mine since Perro Salado in Newport many years ago, so I figured, why not try and make it at home?
After a bit of research, I decided I would just puree some chipotles in adobo with some mayo, cilantro, garlic, and salt and see where it would lead. Side note: I totally forgot what to do with the corn, grilling it immediately without any steaming or roasting in husks, is not recommended. Somehow the manfriend made it work on the grill, so this wasn’t an even bigger failure.
At first blush, it looked like I had made a successful chipotle mayo. But then I slathered it all over the grilled corn, and it was SO SPICY I could barely eat it. I was downing my beer and avocado and water to try to rid my mouth of the spiciest concoction I have ever created. Seriously though, I am pretty sure my manfriend hiccoughed for an entire 5 minutes straight.
Never one to take a failure lying down, I analyzed the mixture and below is a suggested recipe for a more well-rounded Chipotle Mayo. Warning, start small with the chipotles and build up. These things are strong puppies. Really strong puppies.
Chipotle Mayo (take with a grain of salt – has not be tested thoroughly – also note, my ratios were ~2:1 on the mayo and chipotles, 8:1 should be much better)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup or one pepper from can of chipotles in adobo
1/4 cup cilantro
Zest of a lime
1 tsp garlic
1/2 tsp salt
Put all ingredients in mini-prep and go to town