Take this staple of the July 4th Celebration to a whole new level. Adding assorted spices to your corn on the cob brings out the flavor of the corn and the aspiring chef in all of us. Check out these creative ideas or make up your own. There are no rules!
Corn-on-the-Cob Buffet with Spiced-up Corn on the Cob
Serves 8-10 Prep time: 15 minutes Cook and grill time: 7-10 minutes total
8-10 ears of fresh corn Large pot of boiling water Melted butter
Shuck corn and break ears in half. Place in a pot of rapidly boiling unsalted water for 5 minutes. Place ears on grill directly over the heat source and paint with melted butter. Turn ears until all sides have gentle sear marks (approximately 2-3 minutes).
Corn Seasoning Mixes
Mix up as many as you like and place in small jars or shakers with decorative labels and ribbons, if desired.
• Basil- Red Pepper Seasoning Combine 1 Tablespoon ground basil, 2 teaspoons red pepper or paprika and 1 Tablespoon salt.
• Cajun Seasoning Combine 2 Tablespoons salt, 2 teaspoons cayenne, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon onion powder, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon thyme and 1 teaspoon paprika. (Or, take the easy route and use a prepared Cajun seasoning mix such as Chef Paul’s Vegetable Magic.)
• Chipotle Seasoning Combine 2 Tablespoons chipotle chili powder with 1 Tablespoon salt.
• Garlic Seasoning Combine 1 Tablespoon garlic powder with 1 Tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon parsley flakes.
• Lime Seasoning Combine 2 Tablespoons powdered lime juice (such as True Lime or similar) with 1 Tablespoon salt.
• Pink Seasoning Grind or crush pink salt crystals using a mortar and pestle.