Corn Basters

At the peak of season, sweet corn needs little more than to be heated up! I like to shuck mine and just throw it on a hot grill to warm[ it and char it up for flavor. When it comes off the grill, I baste it or squirt it with melted flavored butters. Here are a few favorites:]

Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • Chili Lime Butter:
  • 2 tablespoons lime zest
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons grill seasoning
  • 1 stick butter
Directions
  • Combine all ingredients in a small pot and melt butter over low heat. Transfer to a small bowl, for basting, or to a squirt bottle. Serve warm with grilled corn.

  • Yield: about 1/2 cup butter topping

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes

  • Cook Time: less than 5 minutes

  • Ease of preparation: easy

Garlic Gazpacho Butter:
  • 1 large clove garlic

  • 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded

  • A handful cilantro leaves

  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt

  • 1/2 cup vegetable juice (recommended: V8 or Bloody Mary mix

  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce

  • 1/2 stick butter, softened

  • Finely chop the garlic, jalapeno and cilantro and mash with the salt to paste it. Transfer to a small pot and add the vegetable juice or Bloody Mary mix, hot sauce and butter. Heat the combination over low heat until butter melts and transfer to a small bowl, for basting, or to a squirt bottle. Serve warm with grilled corn.

  • Yield: 1 cup butter topping

  • Prep Time: 5 to 6 minutes

  • Cook Time: less than 5 minutes

  • Ease of preparation: easy

  • Equally tasty are dry topping blends to sprinkle on plain buttered corn.

  • Pizza Corn Sprinkler:

  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano or Romano

  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano or Italian dried seasoning blend

  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes

  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika

  • Combine all ingredients and sprinkle on buttered corn on the cob or popped corn.

  • Yield: 1 cup

  • Prep Time: 2 minutes

  • Cook Time: none

  • Ease of preparation: easy

  • TIDBIT:

  • Buttered corn with chopped chives is easy and adds just a little something extra to plain corn with no effort.


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