Summer is officially over and yet I am still finding sweet, plump and temptingly delicious corn in my market stalls. I can't think of a better way to eat it than to grill it. Here are a few suggestions, if you want to follow my lead:
1. If you're planning on eating corn on the cob, leave the husks on. Gather them in the bottom and tie them together with a piece of husk. then soak the entire corn for 20 minutes in cold water, to hydrate it.
2. Fresh corn can be enjoyed raw, so you don't have to grill it to death. I like mine grilled over a hot fire, just until the kernels turn a caramelized, charred color.
3. Butter and salt are good but try my flavored butter instead. For every 6 cobs you will need:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon minced chipotle chiles in adobo
1 teaspoon adobo sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Simply combine all ingredients in a grill-proof skillet and cook until the butter has melted and is frothy. As soon as the corn has been grilled place the cobs on a platter and spoon this flavored butter over the top.
4. Grilled corn can be scraped off the cob. Use these caramelized kernels in salads, quesadillas, and soups.
Summer may be over but as long as corn is still around, you can enjoy a little last hurrah!
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