Monday, September 19, 2011

Grilled Corn Flavor without the Grill

Here's an easy way to get toasty, grilled flavor with your corn on the cob without a grill.
It's super, duper easy. It's a set it and forget it recipe. And you can do all kinds of extra things to it with just a few extra minutes of prep! 
This is the basic how-to. After that, I'll give you a few flavorful taste combos to spice it up!!

Step 1...Get yourself some yummy corn. Pick ears that are heavy for their size with full, plump kernels. Go ahead, peel back the husk and take a look, it's okay. It's corn season here and we are gonna eat it until were are sick of it! LOL

Trim off the hairy parts and some of the husk if it is really ukky.

Your ears should look something like this.

Wrap in foil

Toss in your oven. 350º to 400ºf 
Cook for 1 to 2 hours. (longer on 350 than 400)
You don't have to turn it or even think about it for a long time. I usually cook mine with baked potatoes or use this method when the grill will be really full or when I don't want to think about it. LOL If you got stuff to put in the oven, put it right on in there too!

Open up the foil packs. There will be some hot steam, be careful. 
See the grilled goodness markings? El yummo!! 
Peel off the husk.

Peel off the threads

Season will a little butter and salt and enjoy!!
The husk imparts a really nice flavor and keeps the corn from drying out and burning.

Some other ways to spice it up:
Add a sprinkle of chili powder or cumin with the butter and salt
Make a flavored butter
Evoo and a sprinkle  of a favorite spice blend.

You can also gently peel back the husk first, take off the threads and season(I find the threads peel off super esay after they are cooked). Re-cover with the husk, foil and cook. I find the butter burns a little this way if you leave it too long., but browned butter can be tastey too.

Play with cooking times to get the corn the way you like it. Crunchy or not so crunchy. 
High heat for a little while to get extra grill marks, then low and slow until it's done. 
This technique works with lots of veggies.....go have some fun in the kitchen!!

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