5.24.2010

Mexican "Grilled" Corn - A Great Summer Side Dish

Mexican Grilled Corn à la Cooks Illustrated
Summer is nearly here, and fresh corn on the cob will be beckoning us to enjoy its plump, sweet kernels. I love corn on the cob, and it wasn't until a year or two ago that I came to enjoy the splendor of corn fresh from the field. Madison Street Produce runs a farm stand just a hop-skip from our home, and their produce is picked fresh daily.

Madison Street's corn was a revelation! So delicate and sweet, with kernels that burst forth at the lightest touch. This was the complete opposite of corn that I grew up eating -- kind of tough kernels with moderate corn-fresh flavor. I dubbed Madison's corn, "crack from the field," not to be confused with "crack from the oven," aka, Momofuku Milk Bar's Crack Pie.

Fresh corn; cilantro, garlic and lime

Evidently, I have some sort of crack fixation... :)

In any case, I want to share with you my Mexican  "grilled" corn, adapted from Cooks Illustrated's fantastic recipe. I use quotes around "grilled" because I cheated and used my stove to attain the char marks you see. I will say that it's worth it to grill the corn properly because my attempt to imbue some flavor through this method did not work. The stove-top treatment made it look grilled (kind of), but it didn't impart any of the wonderful smoky flavor you would get from the coals.



Dishy Goodness Mexican "Grilled" Corn
(adapted from Cooks Illustrated )

1/4 cup Vegenaise (feel free to substitute regular or light mayonnaise; we just like Vegenaise a lot more)
3 TB sour cream
3 TB minced fresh cilantro leaves
1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
4 tsp juice from 1 lime
1 oz grated Cotija cheese (it's worth it to find this cheese instead of substituting something like Pecorino)
6 large ears of corn, husks and silk removed

Instructions
Cook corn per your favorite method -- boiling water; microwave; etc. Just don't overcook it.
**EDIT 7/29/13: If you plan on grilling your corn, you no longer have to PM me! Here are the recipes for gas grilling and charcoal grilling methods, which have a short additional step before you grill the corn.
**EDIT: If you plan on grilling your corn, the directions are a little different. PM me at donna {at} dishygoodness {dot} com, and I can send you the recipe for either charcoal grilling or gas grilling. Just let me know which method you prefer. :) **

In a large bowl, combine Vegenaise, sour cream, cilantro, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon chili powder, black pepper, cayenne, lime juice and cheese. Check seasoning for desired flavor.

Place cooked corn directly over stove flame, turning regularly with tongs to achieve char marks. Remove to platter when done.

Add charred corn to mixture and toss to coat evenly. Serve immediately. I like to provide additional lime wedges with the corn.
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Please let me know if you try this recipe or have any suggestions! It's so, so tasty.

P.S. If you are in the mood for real grilled Mexican corn, and don't want to make it yourself, check out Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock!

35 comments:

  1. Mmm, looks so good, Donna! Can't wait to try this at our family get together this weekend. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Hi, Mochikochan! Definitely let me know how it turns out. I could really go for a couple cobs right now! BTW, if you like it spicy, sprinkle a little chili powder on top before serving.

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  3. Oh my goodness, I have some corn that is ready for grilling - I am going to try this over the weekend! Beautiful photos as usual, Donna!

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  4. Are you using gas or charcoal to grill? I can send you specific directions for either or both....there's just an oil/seasoning "rub" you toss the corn in before you grill. The rub is not included in the recipe above because I cheated. :p

    Just let me know! Enjoy!

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  5. Your recipe is way easier than assembling it all separately...Thank!

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  6. Hi, Anonymous! Thanks for visiting and your comment. Glad I could be of help. :)

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  7. Looks dishy-licious!! I will be trying it with some corn my neighbor just blessed me with!

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  8. Hey, Meiko! Thanks for visiting! Hope you and the gang are doing well. Please say hi to everyone for me! :)

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  9. This is a beautiful recipe! I would love for you to enter it to our 8th monthly veggie contest. This month's theme vegetable is corn!

    More details: http://tiny.cc/ikije

    Have a great day :)

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  10. Hi, Melody! Thanks for letting me know about the veggie battle! Sounds fun. I will definitely check it out. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  11. Yes! One of my favorite summer side dishes. My friends and family love Mexican corn and your version looks killer. I'll be making these this very weekend.

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  12. Hi, Mike! Thank you for your comments. I hope you enjoy the recipe. And let me know if you plan on grilling the corn. I can send you the full recipe for either charcoal or gas grilling. Just email me. :) Happy Memorial Day weekend!

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  13. Hi Donna,

    It's Jerri from stylespotting.com. Thanks for your nice note and I really like your site too. I'll be adding more recipes down the road and would love to feature one of your pix that link to a fun recipe. Would that be ok?

    Thanks again for your note and all my best,
    Jerri

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  14. Hi, Jerri! Thank you for your note and for asking about the pic! Sure, I'd be honored. A link back to Dishy Goodness w/photo credit is greatly appreciated! Let me know when your fun recipe post is up! Happy long weekend, Donna ;)

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  15. Hi Donna, I'm using a gas grill these days -- can't wait to see the special secret rub recipe :)

    Hope you had a wonderful long weekend!

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  16. This was a big hit with my family. I did cut the amount of chili and cayenne because few in my clan are heat freaks like me and Juan!

    I did find that, after adding the lime juice, the mixture tasted curiously salty. Not to worry, though. When slathered onto the corn, everything balanced beautifully! Yummylicious. I'll be making this all summer long for sure.

    Thanks for sharing this! =o)

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  17. This is recipe is coming out at a great time, just when corn is flooding the market. This is a great way to jazz up good ole' grilled corn.

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  18. Hi, Mochikochan! Lime juice does have a kind of briny saltiness to its flavor. I am glad the mixture wasn't too salty though, when slathered on the corn. Thx for sharing your experience! :)

    Fresh Local Best: Thx for visiting my blog! Fresh, local corn would definitely be best. ;) Have a great week!

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  19. We have made elote many, many times! It's always one of the biggest hits. Sometimes, you can get away with oven roasting the corn, then finishing it off on the stove. Maybe that will help bring out more flavor. You're right about it not being the same as the grill though.

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  20. Hey, TDD! I didn't even think about oven roasting when I was making this! Now that I have an alternative, I am banishing my faux "grilling" method forever (not that I was really going to try it again)! :) Thanks for stopping by.

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  21. This looks amazing. I am planning on grilling. Can you send me the modified preparation?

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  22. Hi, Caitlyn! Can you email me your contact info? I can't view your profile. You can contact me at donna{at}dishygoodness{dot}com, and I'll be happy to send you the grilling info. :)

    Thanks for visiting!

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  23. what is the grilling method with a gas grill?

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  24. Hi, Cindy! Thx for dropping by. Please private message me your email address at donna{at}dishygoodness{dot}com so I can send you the recipe!

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  25. Donna, this corn looks so good! I can't wait to try it!

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  26. Hi, Christine! So happy you dropped by. I hope you like it! Have a lovely summer. :)

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  27. I have made a similar version of this in years past...but it was quite messy to prepare. Looking forward to making this July 4th. Less messy and sounds so tasty.

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  28. I don't know if anyone has already suggested this, but if you subbed hot pimenton for the chili powder, it would give you both heat and the hit of smokiness even without the actual grill. However it was done, it looks gorgeous.

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    1. That is a great idea, More Cowbell! Thank you for the tip!

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  29. thx for a wonderful recipe and I posted this on Grubodex.com and a few other sites since this was such a unique recipe.

    thx

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    1. Hi, James. Thanks much for sharing my post! Appreciate the love.

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  30. I know this post is old. These look so awesome. I featured them on my Friday Five – sides Over @Feed Your Soul Too – http://www.feedyoursoul2.com/2013/06/friday-five-sides-all-sides.html

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    1. Thanks, Peter, for including me in your blog round-up!

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  31. Excited to make this! Can I please have the recipe fro grilling on gas bbq. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, Sarah! I just made this last night for the first time in a long time, and it was even more delicious than I remembered.

      I've included links to both gas and charcoal grilling methods for this recipe under "Instructions." If you have any problems, please PM me at donna (at) dishygoodness dot com. Thanks for dropping by and enjoy!

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