Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yet Another Grilled Corn

One of my favorite summer vegetables is grilled FRESH corn. 

Fresh is extremely important with corn because once the ear is cut off from the plant (it's source of nutrients) it immediately begins converting its sugars to starch as an attempt to keep living (On Food and Cooking - McGee).  This process can cut the sugars in half in just hours.  

Another tidbit about corn that I learned from Larry Doolittle, Master Gardener and author of Big Dude's Eclectic Ramblings - there is one silk for every kernel of corn.  

Several people asked about the recipe for the corn in my previous post.  It was an adaptation of 3 Ways with Grilled Corn in the June issue of Southern Living.  I substituted 1 Tbsp of finely minced green onion for the chives and I forgot to add "made a conscious decision not to use" the lime zest.  I also baste some of the butter on DURING the grilling instead of just as a topping when served. Other than that, I pretty much followed the recipe as written in the link.


It doesn't take long for the compound butter to harden, maybe 20 minutes in the freezer.

I baste with some of the butter once the kernels are deep brown like this, just the last few minutes of cooking.

Summer corn.....I likes it!

If you have leftovers of the compound butter, it works exceptionally well on the griddle for cooking quesadillas.  It loads flavor onto the tortilla.

18 comments:

  1. That butter looks amazing! I bet it was incredible slathered all over the corn!

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  2. Stunningly beautiful photos... Just last night I grilled up a batch of corn, I used some Mint Butter I made up that was very well received

    Of course, mine came out a bit caramelized (burnt) when the dripping butter caused flare ups, but dispute the look, tasted terrific. Again, those photos belong in a magazine

    Dave

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  3. Your corn looks perfect Chris and I really like the presentation with the tied back silks. Our first patch, of four, is silking right now. Thanks for the mention.

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  4. I just ate lunch, and STILL this is making me hungry!

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  5. You've done it again. Made simple corn look phenomenal! That butter, oh that butter! Can I just eat the butter? Jk Jk... or am I? :) I'm assuming that's the chipotle butter that you made from the link above?

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  6. WHat compound butter recipe from the link did you use?

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  7. Can never have too much grilled corn - and this is some beautiful grilled corn! :)

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  8. @ Anon - I used the chipotle butter one.

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  9. It would be wrong to eat the butter without the corn...so I won't, but I'll be sorely tempted! Looks dang good! By the by, I re-posted your Bulgogi recipe, hope that's okay...it was just too dang good not to tell my readers about! Have made them twice already...and they make perfect appetizers! Thanks a million, or at least 3 pounds!

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  10. I adore grilled corn. Actually, I'll be honest, I don't cook it any other way these days. Boiled corn just doesn't "do it" for me any more! I need to start using compound butters more...yours always look and sound so good!

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  11. Swoon. I love grilled corn! Yours looks especially delicious, with that chipotle compound butter. I'm sure the lime zest that "decided not to add" would be a great addition! Great job, Chris!



    Kim in MD

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  12. Chris- I just linked over to get the recipe and I wanted to tell you that your photos put the SL photo to shame! Seriously.


    Kim in MD

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  13. Love the butter. Even more - love the way you soaked the corn in a pitcher! That's genius - totally using that from now on. Gracias!

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  14. I must try the butter. I grill corn at least 2-3 times per week, usually just "naked" with a little oil to keep it moist and add the butter at the table. A "brine" instead of the oil would then your butter... looks great. I will put a little more work in it to get these great results.

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  15. Look at the beautifully grilled corn! The only way to eat corn in my opinion. The compound butter is a must try!

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  16. I likes it too! I really love grilled corn and adding the compound butter is a fantastic idea. It looks so tasty!

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  17. That compound butter is beautiful!! I cannot wait to try this out.

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  18. Excellent Blog! Your photos are incredible.

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