06/28/13

A Great Grilled Side

In the Summer, corn is abundant.

My boss owns a farm here in GA, so when the corn, tomatoes, and cucumbers are being harvested, a big truck pulls up to the front of the office. I love hearing the sweet voice over the loud speaker telling me that “Triple Sweet Corn has arrived!”

These sorts of things could only happen in the South, right?

One of my favorite ways to enjoy this corn is grilled right on the cob. Nothing better with a grilled steak, pork chop, hamburger, or chicken. Actually, it’s good with just about anything. I make a simple compound butter, slather them really generously, wrap them up in foil, and place them on the flames. In about 15-20 minutes, you have delicious tender, grilled, sweet corn.

Here’s how I do it:

You will need…

  • 6 ears of corn, shucked and silked
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, very soft
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 3/4-1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 6 sheets of  aluminum foil

Step 1: Combine butter, garlic, lime zest, salt, and pepper in a bowl until its well mixed and in the state of optimum slathery goodness.  

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Step 2: Slather the corn.

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Reminder– this is a messy job. NO easier way to do this but get your hands dirty. They are your best kitchen tools after all!

*Tip– go ahead and tear off your sheets of foil prior to starting the slathering process. It will make your life much easier and much less messy. 🙂

Step 3: Place well coated ear of corn into center of foil paper and wrap.

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Step 4: Place on grill, turning and rotating ever so often until all sides of corn are nicely cooked. This process will take about 20 minutes or so.

Still doing some other grilling? Remove your corn to the top rack of the grill and keep warm until serving.

Step 5: Unwrap, spear with your corn handlers, and eat! So, so good!

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I call this “Margarita Grilled Corn” because of the lime zest in the compound butter, but whatever you call it, it’s delicious.

Other great butter or flavor combos include:

  • Garlic & Herb– simply combine 1 stick butter, 3 cloves chopped garlic, salt, pepper, and 1 Tablespoon of your favorite herb. Rosemary & Thyme would both be delicious and would stand up to grilling very well.
  • Lemon Butter– nothing could be more simply than mixing up 1 stick butter, zest of 1 whole lemon, a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
  • Buffalo Style– some like it hot! Combine 1 stick butter, salt, pepper, and 1 tsp hot sauce or desired amount of cayenne pepper, about 1/4 tsp should be sufficient.

 Happy grilling and happy weekend!

xoxo

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