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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mexican Style Grilled Corn

Nothing says, 'Summer is here!' like corn on the cob. Growing up in the Midwest, the traditional method for preparing corn on the cob was boiling and serving with butter and salt. Simple and tasty. 

Since moving to California I have learned there is a much better way to prepare corn on the cob: Mexican Style. Delicioso!!! I don't know how I ever lived without it!




Mexican food (more appropriately American food with a Mexican flare) is one of my favorite cuisines. My husband isn't keen on Mexican food, so I have to sneak elements of Mexican food into my cooking at home. 


What I like about this magnificent corn on the cob (in addition to the flavor): everyone around the table can 'build' their ear of corn to suit their taste. The layers of deliciousness added to an ear of corn include Mexican crema, pico de gallo seasoning, cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime juice. My husband isn't too keen on the dairy ingredients, so he uses only the pico de gallo and lime juice with maybe just a sprinkle of cheese. My 5th Grader doesn't care for spice, so she skips the pico de gallo but includes everything else. I am a lover of dairy products, so my corn is loaded with as much of everything as it can possibly hold.  

Mexican crema (table cream) is an amazing product. Just the right viscosity (a bit thicker than heavy whipping cream) with a wonderful creamy mouthfeel and clean dairy / cream taste. My teenage daughter commented that she could drink it straight from the container. I've got to find more uses for this product! If you do not have access to Mexican crema, sour cream is a suitable substitution. Some even use mayonnaise, but that certainly would not be my first choice. 

Pico de gallo seasoning simply reads 'mixed hot peppers and salt' on the ingredient line. It is primarily used to sprinkle on fruit (this is a practice that I am not willing to embrace). The sole purpose of the pico de gallo seasoning in my cupboard is for corn. In a pinch, chili powder with a touch of salt could be used as a replacement.  

I'm not sure why Mexican cheeses have not receive the international recognition they deserve. I suppose they have not been properly marketed. Cotija cheese is fabulous. It reminds me of a very salty parmesan and when nosing around on the internet I see that is the general consensus from others as well. 

The final touch for Mexican Style Grilled Corn is a squeeze of lime juice.

Warning: This corn must be eaten with people you are comfortable being around because it is messy. Don't forget to grab the napkins (or a roll of paper towels) before you sit down to eat!

INGREDIENTS:
(The amount of each ingredient will depend on how many ears of corn you will be roasting as well as how much of each ingredient you want to add.)
  • Corn on the cob (roasting ears)
  • Crema (Mexican table cream)
  • Pico de gallo seasoning
  • Cotija cheese, finely grated
  • Lime, cut into wedges

DIRECTIONS:
  1. Shuck corn and grill per your favorite method. (I like to pull the husk down to create a built-in handle that makes it easy to rotate when grilling and convenient when eating. I place the corn directly on the grill. Others remove silk and place the husk back on the corn for grilling, but I have not had success with that method because the husk burns.)
  2. Serve grilled corn with crema, pico de gallo seasoning, grated cotija cheese and lime juice. Layer to suit personal taste. 

8 comments:

Kennedy Cole|KCole's Creative Corner said...

I love corn so much :) And your grilled version looks so flavorful. I definitely need to try this!

cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary said...

Corn on the Cob certainly does scream summer (and get in my belleh!). I love Mexican Street Corn and your version looks delish! Can't wait to try yours! <3 Cheers!

Ashley C. said...

Mexican grilled corn is the best summer side dish! I love the additional seasonings!

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert said...

I need to make grilled corn soon - I love it but just haven't added it to my rotation. This is a beautiful version of a summer classic!

Gloria Baker said...

This cob corn look delicious!
We love them in summer!

Pam said...

It looks and sounds SO good!

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I love doing corn on the bbq, in the husk, with butter and a hint of chilli. Must try the lime juice next time :)

Laura@ Baking in Pyjamas said...

Oh my gosh, these have got my mouth watering. I love corn and we only eating it lightly seasoned but I think I may have to try this, messy food is always good food isn't it?!