Sounds Weird, But it Tastes So Good.
A few days ago I was scouring the internet for a recipe for broccoli salad. Not just any broccoli salad, one that a woman we used to go to church with made. Still no luck in that department-I've concluded she may have made it up and not shared it with a soul. But, during all my searching I found the following recipe for corn salad ala Paula Deen.
Now, as a rule I'm not a fan of Paula, (I know, I know, take away my southern housewife card now). I don't eat fried food and all the excessive butter just makes my stomach turn a little. I'm sure I would have ignored this recipe too, but I've had it somewhere in the past year or so and knew it was better than it sounds/looks.
I'll completely understand if you glance over the ingredient list and turn up your nose. I did too initially, but in an attempt to not offend the cook, (really wish I could remember where I had this and who made it that day!), I broke down and tried it.
And was very pleasantly surprised.
2 cans of corn
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup of mayonnaise
1 cup green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup red onion, chopped
1 (10 1/2 oz) bag coarsely crushed Fritos chili cheese corn chips
1. Mix first 5 ingredients.
3. Add Fritos just before serving.
The above is the original recipe, but I did make a few adjustments when I made it. First, I reduced amount of mayo. I just didn't think the full cup was essential, and I was right. Secondly, I thought it could use a little heat, (shocker), so I may have added some cayenne pepper. And some jalapenos. And a little of the vinegar from the jalapeno jar. And then it was perfectly wonderful.
If you're on the fence about trying this out, just give it a shot. The ingredients are cheap, I already had everything but the Fritos and they cost all of $1.49. It's a great dish for a potluck or a BBQ.