Friday, July 1, 2011

Grilled Corn on the Cob with a Parmesan Crust

Grilling corn has become the 'new' way I cook corn. I no longer boil it. I haven't in several years ever since I discovered this method.

Grilling, cooks the corn, then gives it a little bit of blackening so when you bite into the cob you taste the sweet burst of corn as well as the salty crust of Parmesan and the slightly charred blackened snap.

It reminds me of kettle corn the way it's salty and sweet at the same time. I love kettle corn. It's my absolute favorite. 

But that's a story for another day.
Grilling corn is also super easy. All you need is some husked fresh sweet corn, a little olive oil, a brush, and some spices. That's all.
And if you are already at the grill cooking chicken (like I was) then it's a one stop meal. Heat everything on the grill, take it off, and BAM! You're ready to eat!

It's the perfect side dish to serve with anything that you are grilling and it means no messy oven scenes or skillet nightmares, just one big 'ol grilling mess!

Now, that's what I call fun and a great way to celebrate our 4th of July weekend!

Now on with the recipe!

Grilled Corn on the Cob with Parmesan Crust
6 Ears of Sweet Corn; husks removed
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 tbsp. Seasonal Salt
1 tbsp. Black Pepper
1 tbsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tbsp. Garlic Powder
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese
1. With husks removed place the corn right on a grill that has been heated to 300-325 degrees. Brush one side of the corn cob with olive oil. Then sprinkle that same side with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder. Turn the seasoned side down. Close the lid and cook for 10-15 minutes. 
2. Then turn and brush the other side with the remaining olive oil and sprinkle with spices and turn the cob so the uncooked side is down (or the newly seasoned side). Cook for another 10-15 minutes. Be careful not to char the corn, continue to check it and turn it if need be. The corn will pop and sizzle and slightly blacken. This is exactly what you want to happen!
3. Once the corn has been grilled and is sufficiently cooked and blackened. Place in a large serving platter or bowl and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately with the delicious slow grilled spicy chicken wings, or grilled chicken, or Slap Yo Mama Burgers!

Servings: 6

Nutritional Skinny:

120 calories / 4 g fat / 17 g carbohydrates / 2.4 g fiber / 4.1 g protein

Mental Health Benefit: Corn is one of those vegetables that I usually over look nutritionally. However, it's a great source of complex carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, and fiber (which none of us get enough of). It also is a decent source of vitamins B, C, and E as well as having a pretty good amount of folic acid. So, let's not over look the sweet, perfect little corn cob in the grocery store. It too has value!


Cris said...

Found another corn on the cob post that I am loving on too...

Hot Mess Cooking said...

Cris - Thanks for sharing! That recipe looks delicious too! I love summer time sweet corn!