|Corn on the cob, smeared with a garlic and herb butter blend, individually wrapped and baked or grilled.|
Foil Packet Corn on the CobI'm hearing chatter here and there of back to school already and I'm not all that unhappy! No, it's not for any of the reasons you're probably thinking. It's all because back to school means fall is near, and I am sincerely looking forward to fall this year. This summer has been miserable and it seems as if it gets harder and harder to handle as I get older. I've become a near vampire this year to avoid the heat, so I'm ready for some soup and sweater weather!
Because of this heat, I've been using my Traeger like crazy this summer. That outdoor cooker was the best investment I have ever made because not only does it grill and smoke, but it also bakes, since it's a convection type of indirect cooking. And since it's indirect cooking, you can pretty much put the food on and not have to stand over it in the heat - big bonus. Just let it cook until it's about time for it to be done! Because of that, I barely use my gas grill anymore, nevermind my Weber charcoal kettle grill, and get this...
A month before I ordered my Traeger, more than a year ago, I bought one of those Lodge Sportsman's Charcoal Grills - essentially a hibachi.
It was a nostalgic purchase really, bringing me back to the days of cooking on one on the balcony of my apartment 150 years ago (okay, maybe it was more like 30 years ago, which feels like 150) but I also remembered how great it grilled a steak, so I got it specifically for grilling only steaks.
But... it still sits on the floor of my walk-in pantry, unused to this day. I even built a cinder block stand and bought a cover for it! I love ribeyes, that's my favorite steak, but they're pricey and so we just don't eat them very often, and I'll pull it out one day once the weather cools a bit I'm sure, but that's how much I love using the Traeger. It's literally going multiple days a week!
Anyway, we've been busy cooking out this summer, and there's one more big cookout day coming up soon to wrap up summer, so let's get on to this corn!
When I'm making just a few ears of corn for the two of us, I've got several different ways I like to prepare it. I'm especially in love with the no-husk, microwave method that I shared here a few years back. I've also become fond of making corn on the cob in my electronic pressure cooker. It's fast and easy and good, but of course, unlike the microwave method, requires shucking first.
There are times though, where you need (or want) to do a lot of corn on the cob and this foil packet method is a favorite for those times, whether you throw them on the grill or in the oven. By the way if you do throw these on the grill, I prefer using an indirect cooking method, rather than cook the packets directly over the fire, which tends to overbrown and overcook them in my experience. Just heat the grill up to temperature, then turn off the section where you have your corn cooking. If your grill is otherwise occupied on cookout day, the oven is awfully convenient. Just turn the air conditioner down.
You can use pretty much any compound butter your family enjoys, but when making a large batch of corn for a cookout or potluck, I just use this basic garlic and parsley blend, because it's fairly neutral and everybody enjoys it. I use unsalted butter and I also don't add salt before cooking either, since salt tends to toughen the kernels in my experience. I prefer to offer salt at the table, along with some additional butter, and Paula Deen's seasoned Silly Salt is a personal favorite.
Because we're doing a big batch here, which by the way, if you're serving this at a cookout, cut the cobs in half. Not only does it stretch the corn further, it makes it much easier to serve and to handle without the worry of corn cob holders, and most folks really only want a half cob anyway.
This method takes a little bit longer to prep because we're wrapping each cob individually, but it moves along smoothly once you get a rhythm going and trust me when I say, wrapping them individually also intensifies the flavors. Once cooked, you just pile it on a serving platter or in a foil pan, leaving it wrapped, which keeps it nice and hot, and as it sits, it gets even more tender and flavorful. Everybody raves over this corn!
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Recipe: Foil Packet Corn on the Cob©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 15 min |Cook time: 40 min | Yield: About 12 to 24 servings
- 12 ears of fresh corn, shucked and silks removed
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened at room temperature
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic
- Additional butter, salt, and freshly shredded Parmesan cheese, for the table
Preheat grill or oven to 450 degrees F. Combine butter, parsley and garlic; set aside. Pull off sheets of foil about a foot long each. Place one ear per sheet, evenly distributing butter among all ears, then smear all over.
Roll ears in foil and twist ends together. Place on a foil lined, rimmed baking sheet, seam side up and bake at 450 degrees F for about 40 minutes, or place packets on preheated grill grates and cook over indirect heat. Transfer to serving platter or deep foil pan, leaving wrapped until ready to serve. Offer additional butter, salt and Parmesan cheese, if desired, at the table.
Cook's Notes: I love using Paula Deen's Silly Salt with this corn. Recipe may be halved if desired, or cobs may be halved to stretch servings further. Substitute other herbs, such as cilantro or basil or whatever your favorite is.
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