Friday, August 15, 2014

10 fresh ways to dress corn on the cob

Fresh corn on the cob , I want to share these different combinations with you . It first appeared in our daily newspaper and I tried them all , plus adding some heat to some . Try them , you will love them .

It’s hard to improve on the delicious simplicity of summer-perfect corn on the cob slathered with butter and sprinkled with salt.

But we figured we’d give it a try anyway. And we quickly learned fresh corn is a splendid foundation on which all manner of flavor combinations can be built, from sweet (check out the toasted marshmallow masterpiece) to savory (bacon, anyone?) to spicy (chili lime!). So use our this as a starting point and see how many directions you can go with your corn.

1 .   Blue cheese chive butter: Mash together 4 tablespoons softened butter with 4 tablespoons crumbled blue cheese. Stir in 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives and ½ teaspoon ground black pepper. Spread on hot corn on the cob.

2 .   Old Bay boil: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season heavily with Old Bay Seasoning. Boil husked ears of corn until tender, about 5 minutes. Serve with butter and an additional sprinkle of Old Bay.

3 .   Spreadable bacon: Cook 1 slice of bacon per ear of corn. In a food processor, crumble the bacon and process until finely chopped. Add 1 tablespoon of butter per ear, a pinch of salt and black pepper, and ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar. Spread on hot corn on the cob.

4 .   Herb vinaigrette: In a small bowl, whisk together 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar, a hefty pinch of salt and black pepper, 3 tablespoons olive oil and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme. Drizzle over the corn.

5 .   Toasted almond and tarragon: Spread ½ cup ground almonds on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees until golden and toasted, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool. Mix in 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh tarragon and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt. Coat each hot ear of corn with butter, then roll in the almond-tarragon mixture.

6 .   Toasted marshmallow: Husk 6 ears of corn, skewer with long skewers, and coat lightly with cooking spray. Grill over medium-high until tender and lightly charred, turning frequently. Spread each ear of corn with a couple tablespoons of marshmallow spread. Turn the grill flame up (or use a campfire) and toast the marshmallow on all sides.

7 .   Smoked feta and pepper: Finely crumble ½ cup smoked feta cheese. Mix in 2 tablespoons finely chopped pickled jalapeno peppers. Coat each hot ear of corn with butter, then roll in the cheese and pepper mixture.

8 .  Jerk grilled: Whisk together 1 tablespoon water and 2 tablespoons molasses. Using a pastry brush, lightly coat 4 ears of corn with the molasses mixture. Sprinkle all over with purchased or homemade jerk seasoning. Grill over indirect heat on well-oiled grates until tender.

9 .   Chili lime: Spread cooked ears of corn on a platter. Sprinkle with fresh lime juice, finely grated lime zest, ground cumin, minced serrano chili and salt.

10 .  Saffron and olive cream: Mix 2 tablespoons minced Kalamata olives, 2 tablespoons minced green olives, a pinch of saffron and a pinch of black pepper into ¼ cup mascarpone cheese. Spread over hot corn on the cob.

Thanx   Shreveport  Times


  1. Not too sure about the marshmallow one, but the rest sound delicious to me. We do, however, seem to just prefer corn on the cob without too many extra embellishments. Nothing better! Thanks for these ideas, Nee.

  2. Hi Nellie , I wasn't sure about the marshmallow one . I think they are for kids . We had fun trying them , fresh corn is so plentiful here on the farm . Thanks for stopping by .:)

  3. Good afternoon Nee,
    GREAT post on ways to enjoy Corn On the Cob. I never, ever would have thought of these ideas which sound really mouthwatering. I will have to try these ideas. Sometimes you find the best info in a newspaper or magazine article. I think my favorite would be without tasting them the Toasted almond and Tarragon, and the Jerk Grilled, even though they all must be outrageous. But I think what intrigued me most was the Toasted Marshmallow one. I love Toasted Marshmallows on the grill or campfire, so maybe this one may be good. Fascinating recipes, dear Nee. Thank you for sharing this one...Have a blessed weekend with your family.
    Dottie :)

  4. Yummy! I actually wasn't getting corn because had no idea how to prepare it :D


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