|Fresh, in season corn is so delicious, why not try it a variety of ways?|
Fresh on the cob sweet corn is still tasting pretty good down south so I'm gonna get my fill while it's at its peak flavor, even though it's pretty much available year round these days. Me, I just love the stuff, though honestly, I don't care much for grilled corn - meaning corn that has been fully husked and then charred on the grill. I know a lot of folks do, but to me, corn cooks so quickly that I find that the biggest mistake many people make with corn on the cob is frankly just over-cooking it. With char-grilled corn, there is such a very fine line between a cob that is cooked just right and one that is dry and over-cooked, that when I do corn on the cob on the grill, I guess I do more of a steamed corn - allowing the cleaned corn to steam inside the protection of the husks.
My preference though? Simple, and pure, boiled corn on the cob, done just right and only long enough to cook the kernels yet leave them crunchy, with a generous sprinkling of salt, and butter. Butter. Now that's where you can really mess around with some flavor combinations.
Husk and clean corn of silks. Fill a large pot with a couple quarts of water, enough to well cover. Add 1 to 3 tablespoons of sugar, depending on the number of ears you're boiling - never add salt! Salt will toughen the corn, so wait to salt it after you have cooked it. Bring water to a boil, drop in the corn and once it comes back to a boil, turn down to a gentle boil let it boil only for about 10 to 15 minutes.
Really Sinful Milk Boiled Corn
Husk and clean 12 ears of corn of silks. Fill a large pot with 2 quarts of water and 2 quarts of whole milk. Add to that 1 cup (1/2 pound) of butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to a boil, drop in the corn and once it comes back to a boil, turn down to a gentle boil let it boil only for about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove pot from heat. The corn can remain in the pot for up to an hour before serving and still taste freshly cooked.
Husk and clean corn of silks and, if you have a rack that will fit inside a pot, put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of the pot, add 2 to 3 tablespoons of sugar, add the rack and set the ears on top. If you have to stand the ears up, try cutting the wider end of the ear of the corn flat to help it stand up. Put a couple of inches of water in the bottom of a tall lidded pot, add the sugar and stand the ears upright in the pot. If you don't have enough corn to fill the pot, just cut the ears in half. Bring to a boil and let the corn steam, covered, for about 30 minutes.
Clean corn and wrap the ears in microwave safe plastic wrap. Microwave on high for about 2 minutes per ear, depending on your microwave.
➵Steamed in the Husk Microwaved Corn
This has got to be hands down the easiest, cleanest way to get a ready to eat piece of corn on the cob. I'm a big fan of boiled or steamed corn and this is now my most favorite way to cook it. Try it - you'll be amazed! Click this link to learn how.
➵Oven Roasted Corn
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pull back the husks but do not remove them. Remove all of the corn silk and pull the husks back over the corn. Place the corn into a large pot of cold water to soak for at least 30 minutes. Remove and let drain. Place the corn wrapped in the husks directly on the oven rack and bake for about 30 minutes. To serve, pull back the husks and either leave them on to serve as a handle or remove them if preferred.
➵Oven Roasted "No Husk" Corn
Place unshucked corn in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 25-30 minutes. Use pot holders to hold the corn and cut off the larger end. Shake the corn out of the husk and serve.
➵Steamed on the Grill Corn
Pull back the husks but do not remove them. Remove all of the corn silk and pull the husks back over the corn. Place the corn into a large pot of cold water to soak for at least 30 minutes, putting another heavy pot on top to hold them down in the water. Preheat grill to medium high heat and put the corn directly on the heat. Cook for about 12 to 15 minutes or until tender, turning several times. Let cool slightly. Pull back the husks and remove or use as a handle. Spread the compound butter mixture evenly on corn while it is hot and season with salt and pepper to taste. You can also completely clean the corn and wrap it in aluminum foil.
You may also, of course, char-grill corn directly on the heat of the grill.
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