Great Ways to Enjoy Corn
Our family is obsessed with summer corn fresh from our favorite local farmstands. I think my father-in-law ate corn every day when it was in season. We anxiously await the sign announcing the first corn crops of the year. We all critique which stand has the best corn each season and what kinds are our favorites.
Look for corn where the husk does not look dried out and the corn silk is still moist. Take a peek inside the tip looking for juicy kernels at the tip. Be nice, don’t strip the ear down and leave it behind! Once you bring it home store it in an airtight plastic bag in the refrigerator for us to 3 days if you cannot eat it right away.
HOW TO GRILL CORN
Nothing is better than charred corn right off the grill. You can shuck the corn and put it right on the grill or grill them inside the husk. We do like to soak the corn before grilling it in the husk. Our favorite method is to pull the husk back, take out the silk and then grill the corn.
- Preheat the grill to medium-high heat
- Once the grill is hot, brush the cobs with olive oil or butter then place on grill and cover
- Rotate them occasionally to get even charring
- Remove from the grill when they feel tender (usually in about 10 or 15 minutes
BOILING OR STEAMING CORN
Boiling or steaming corn is our go to method if we are not grilling. Just don’t salt the water, that will make the corn tough.
- Bring a large pot of water to a boil
- Add the shucked corn to the pot
- Turn off the heat and let sit for 4 to 5 minutes
Everyone loves corn with a generous helping of butter and salt. We have some fun variations to try this summer. If you have boiled your corn on the stove, you can still add some of these delicious flavored butters and put it back on the grill to char it before serving.
GRILLED MEXICAN STREET CORN
Add 2 Tbsp Halladay’s Harvest Barn Zesty Fiesta Dip and Seasoning Blend to 1 stick of softened butter. Spread on hot corn, then roll in cotija cheese. Grill for 2 to 3 more minutes if desired.
BBQ STYLE CORN
Add 2 Tbsp Halladay’s Harvest Barn Vermont Maple Grill Glaze to 1 stick of softened butter. Spread on cooked corn and add salt and pepper to taste.
ITALIAN STYLE CORN
Add 2 Tbsp Halladay’s Harvest Barn Garlic Tomato Basil Seasoning to 1 stick of softened butter. Brush on cooked corn and finish off by sprinkling on some grated parmesan cheese.
BACON LOVERS CORN
Add 2 Tbsp Halladay’s Harvest Barn Maple Bacon Dip and Seasoning Blend to 1 stick of softened butter. Brush on cooked hot corn, add salt and pepper to taste.
If you try any of these recipes, we want to see your pictures! Post to Instagram or Facebook and tag us @halladaysharvestbarn and use the hashtag #halladaysathome so we can see them.
-Kathleen Govotski, Owner Halladay’s Harvest Barn