Monday, August 16, 2010

Grilled Summer Corn

Grilled Summer Corn

Corn hasn't always held star status in this house, but that all changed this summer. For a long time I eschewed corn on the cob because I despised its negative after-effects: you know, bits and pieces stuck between my teeth. Brad wouldn't touch it, along with green peas, because of the "shells," so he calls them. (We have texture issues in this house if you can't already tell.) But then we joined a CSA and had fresh corn every weekend for six weeks. And we started using our grill more often. And corn quickly became a welcome addition to our summer dinners.

There are several ways to spice up corn on the cob - my friend Jacqui likes hers with chili powder and lime - but we've been doing it this way: Slather with mayo. Sprinkle with coarse salt, freshly ground pepper, chili powder and grated Parmesan. Roll in foil then roast 5 to 10 minutes, then flip and roast 5 to 10 minutes more. When you take that first bite, letting those sweet kernels pop in your mouth, you taste pure summer. The heat of the pepper and chili powder is a great way to wake up your taste buds and maybe make you sweat a little. And the charred bits, with their slightly nutty flavor, are my favorite bites.

My dad showed up here a few weeks ago with a bushel of fresh corn, gritty with dirt and packed tightly in the shucks. It's now all frozen and waiting for winter nights when the cold just gets to be too much and we're dreaming of summer. I haven't tried it, but the grill works in January, too, right?

Grilled Summer Corn

You hardly need a recipe for roasting corn on the cob, but you might need some inspiration. Here are my muses. Oh! And yes, I know that using all that foil isn't exactly eco-friendly, and that bothers me, too. My guess is if you roll back the shucks, clean the silks then prepare your corn you could roast it right in its God-given packaging, too. And if you do and it works out let us all know!

* Parmesan-Roasted Corn on the Cob at Allrecipes.
* Elote, or Mexican Grilled Corn, by Food Blogga.
* Parmesan-Roasted Corn on the Cob at Yum Sugar.
* Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob at Simply Recipes.
* No frills Grilled Corn from Mark Bittman. (He's right. It's all about the char.)

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16 comments:

  1. Love when corn is in season, and on the grill...doesn't get much better than that!

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  2. I have always been a huge fan of corn on the cob!!!!

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  3. Mmmm, this makes me think of camping; everytime I go camping I grill corn on the cob and it is wooooonderful. :D

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  4. You can absolutely grill corn in its shucks! (And thanks for the new vocab word! I'd blogged about grilling corn, but had no idea what to call the shucks.) You pull them gently down about halfway, remove as much silk as possible, and smooth them back. The shucks will char when you grill, but the kernels are unblemished, juicy, and perfect. I'd love to try your version with foil, but don't like mayo. Wonder what I can substitute...

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  5. I've had it grilled, but never with mayo. I'll have to try that!!

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  6. corn is the food of summer for me. not even the dirty husks or occasional worm or slimy silks or sticky kernels can deter me from loving it. :)

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  7. Wow, what a nice corn on the cob...love the way you flavor it...great photos as well :-)

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  8. We roast ours right in God's package. No washing necessary -- the silks peel right off when they are cooked. You do have to soak them a while in water so they don't burn up. And I recommend eating them outdoors because the charred husk makes a bit of a mess. http://blessusolord.blogspot.com/2009/06/roasted-corn-on-cob.html

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  9. We love roasted corn & especially with lime & mayonaise. The best! Looks just perfect right off the grill. Save me some!

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  10. HA! I love corn, Abby! That's right, love it! :) Here's the crazy thing...as long as we've eaten it we've never grilled it! DUH! I'm telling Joe boiled corn on the cobb is out and grillin' is in! Thanks!
    ~ingrid

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  11. This looks beautiful and delicious!

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  12. Gena, I use a liberal dousing of good EVOO and then proceed with the spices and cheese.

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  13. We finally joined a CSA that starts in September. But, I do currently have 5 ears of corn just waiting to be grilled!!

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  14. We love grilled corn. We will not eat it any otherway since we tried it grilled years ago at a friends house. The taste is just so different and summery and has more definition that plain old boiled to death corn! I love the recipes you have posted and I loved your blog post. I am gonna have to try out these great looking recipes!! Thanks so much!!

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  15. Oh yum! I haven't had any corn on the cob yet this summer. I better get grilling :)

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