Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Guest Post: Food and Grilling Ideas for Summer...Featuring Herb-Butter Grilled Corn

Good morning, friends! Today I'm sharing a delectable guest post with you. Jenny is here to share a delicious and fun Summertime side dish featuring sweet in-season corn-on-the-cob. The herb butter and smoked salt give it a wonderful aroma as it cooks, and it tastes great!
Corn is a popular staple that is at its peak during the Summer months. Sweet and crunchy, it’s a common accompaniment to grilled meats, or as an ingredient in salads and salsas. Corn is also high in Vitamin A, with 355 IU per one-cup serving, and high in dietary fiber. You can cook corn in a variety of ways, but dry heat like roasting or grilling brings out corn’s natural sweetness. A pinch of Herbs du Province adds an earthy element and enhances the flavor of the corn.

Herb-Butter Grilled Corn

What you Need:
  • 1 Large sheet of aluminum foil
  • 4 pats of butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp Herbs du Province
  • 1 Tsp smoked sea salt
  • 4 large ears of corn, shucked with silk removed
Here's how to make the corn:

 (1) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. If you are using a grill without a thermostat, use a thermometer to determine when the grill is between 300 and 400 degrees.

(2) Spread out enough foil to wrap all four ears of corn in one packet. Spread the softened butter on the foil. Leave about one inch of clean foil around all the edges. Sprinkle the herbs du Province and smoked sea salt onto the butter. Try to get the coverage as even as possible.

(3) Lay the corn out on the foil. Leave about ½ inch of space between each ear. Leaving space keeps the ears from sticking together and ensures even cooking. Sprinkle cold water on the corn. The water will provide a little steam to prevent the corn from drying out in the grill or oven.

(4) Wrap the foil around the corn and seal the edges. Making a good seal ensures the steam will stay in, it will also prevent the butter from escaping. Put the corn in the oven, or grill, and let it cook for 15 to 20 minutes.

(5) Remove the corn and let it cool inside the foil wrapper. Open the pouch carefully and transfer the corn to a serving dish with raised sides. The raised sides will trap any herbed butter that did not absorb into the corn. Serve the corn on its own, or with your favorite summer cookout classics.

If you don’t have Herbs de Province, you can also make a blend of dried rosemary and thyme. If you can’t find smoked sea salt, you can use regular sea salt instead. Of course, you can also use other herbs and spices like dried garlic or Old Bay seasoning instead of the Herbs du Province. You can find different herb mixes at your local grocery store, as well as through some specialty retailers.
Cook's Note: If you need to make more than four ears of corn, remember that it’s one pat of butter per ear; one tablespoon of seasoning and one teaspoon of smoked sea salt for every four ears.

Disclosure: Consideration was received by The Weekend Gourmet for the editing and publishing of this feature article. However, I did test the recipe in my kitchen so I could taste test it and photograph it for the article.  

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