Whether grilled, boiled or raw, sweet corn has endless possibilities for serving. Here are five ways to celebrate corn season:
Stud your favorite cornbread recipe with a cup of sweet, chewy, juicy corn kernels to lend substance and interest.
Keep it Simple
In the summer of my seventh year, I lost both of my front teeth and had to take a break from corn on the cob. This is the year I fell in love with corn off the cob. Eating pre-shaved kernels with a spoon made for uninterrupted corn enjoyment. I still prefer to do all of the work ahead of time and pile sweet kernels with salted butter into the center of my plate. A specially designed corn prep peeler makes easy work of shaving the corn off the cob.
Never Stop Souping
Summer is no reason to stop eating homemade soup. Especially when every store, farm market and roadside stand is piled with fresh corn for a great price. When it’s corn season, make a pot of sweet, creamy corn chowder as part of your weekly meal prep.
Throw together a creamy, cheesy corn casserole, and serve it whenever you’d serve mac and cheese. You can personalize a corn casserole endlessly by adding herbs, thickening with cream cheese, spicing it up with poblano peppers, or adding cubed zucchini and scallions.
Mexican Corn Salad (Esquites)
Esquites vendors in Mexico cook corn kernels in flavorful simmering broth in a big pot and then spoon it into a cup, and top it with some of the broth. People add creamy, tangy and spicy extras as it pleases them. This adaptation of the recipe (below) toasts the kernels in a hot skillet, and mixes it with some grated cotija cheese (feta works as a substitute), fragrant cilantro, tangy lime and a little mayonnaise for creaminess.
Esquites (Warm Mexican-Inspired Corn Salad)
Looking for more ways to enjoy summer produce? Try quick pickling fruits and vegetables or throwing something more unique on the grill like watermelon or avocado.