Corn and Poblano Lasagna
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups fresh corn kernels (from about 2 ears), or frozen and thawed
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup thinly sliced white onion
- 4 poblano chiles, charred, peeled, stemmed, seeded and cut into 1-inch strips* (i used more)
- 1 large zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise (i also used more zucchinis)
- Twelve (or so) 7-by-3-inch no-boil lasagna sheets
- 2 cups shredded Oaxaca cheese, or mozzarella (please look around for the Oaxaca cheese, it’s delicious!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add two-thirds of the garlic and the corn and saute for 5 minutes. Stir in the cream. Cook over medium-low heat for 5 minutes for the flavors to incorporate. Turn off the heat and let cool slightly. Transfer to a blender and season with the thyme and some salt and pepper, and puree until smooth.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a small, heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining garlic and cook for 1 minute. Mix in the poblano strips and zucchini and cook for 5 minutes for the flavors to incorporate. Season with salt and pepper. Turn off the heat.
Spread about one-quarter of the corn mixture over the bottom of an 11-by-8-inch baking dish. Cover with a layer of 3 lasagna sheets. Spread one-quarter of the poblano mixture and one-quarter of the cheese over the pasta. Repeat the layering three more times. Cover with foil.
Bake until the pasta is cooked and tender, about 50 minutes. Remove the foil and turn up the oven temperature to broil. Broil until golden brown and bubbly, 8 to 10 minutes. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.
*when roasting the peppers, be sure to trim the stem a bit otherwise it might catch fire and set off your smoke alarm. also, best method that i’ve learned to de-skin them is, once roasted, toss them in a large plastic bag with a moist paper towel; seal. remove from bag and roll peppers around in a clean towel. at this point, skins should peel of easily. keep as many seeds as you’d like to add heat. i removed too many of mine for my liking, but my husband was happy without the heat.
found while watching food network while i was sick one day (that “best thing ever” show). seemed easy, yummy and a little different from my norm. very happy that i tried it. very thankful for the mexican market across the street from me where i found my fresh peppers, zucchini, corn…had to hunt down the cheese, but it was well worth it.