Fried Summer Squash Tacos with Charred Corn Salsa

Charred Corn Salsa:
1 ear of yellow or white corn
1/2 jalapeño, diced
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup diced summer squash
2 limes
1 ounce queso fresco, crumbled
1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
Salt and Pepper

Fried Summer Squash Tacos: 
12 ounces summer squash 
1 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs 
Tortillas
Mexican creama (optional)

1. Over a gas range, place the ear of corn on the grate, and cook, rotating the corn a quarter turn every minute or so. Do this until the outside is evenly charred and the corn is tender, about 5-7 minutes. Transfer the corn to a cutting board and when the corn is cool enough to handle and cut the corn kernels off the cob. In a medium bowl, mix together the corn, jalapeño, red onion, summer squash, juice from 2 limes, queso fresco and cilantro. Salt and pepper to taste. Set aside. 

2. Slice the summer squash into batons. In a shallow plate, mix together the bread crumbs, ground mustard, ground cayenne and salt. In a small to medium bowl, beat together the two eggs. 

3. One by one, dip the squash batons in the beaten eggs and transfer to the plate, tossing them with the bread crumb mixture, being sure to coat the squash thoroughly. Repeat the process until all of the squash batons are coated. 

Pan-fry method: 
4. Heat a few tablespoons of olive oil over moderately high heat. Add the breaded squash to the hot oil and cook on each side for about 1-2 minutes, and until lightly golden brown. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Repeat this process, adding more oil if needed, until all of the squash is fried. 

Bake method: 
5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Transfer the coated squash to a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes, checking on them at the 10-minute mark and flipping them to ensure thorough baking.

6. To assemble the tacos, split the fried summer squash between tortillas and top with the charred corn salsa and a few dollops of Mexican creama. Serve immediately. 

Serves 4 

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