Corn on the Cob
When we think of the Fourth of July side dishes, we think of corn on the cob. Our Fourth of July sides feature corn on the cob grilled with herbs, slathered with flavored butter, and baked in corn pudding -- plus plenty of other variations!See Popular Corn on the Cob Recipes
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When it comes right down to it, there's really only one "secret" to perfect corn on the cob: Buy it fresh. I come from New Jersey, where summer corn is so sweet you can slice it right off the cob and into your salad -- raw -- and for the rest of your life, that bright, snappy flavor haunts your memory (along with the smell of Aqua Net and the sound of 1,000 meatheads misunderstanding the actual meaning behind "Born in the U.S.A.").
Mexican street vendors know the secret of grilled corn, the country's favorite "to-go" snack. It's in the chili powder, the mayo, and the special Cotija cheese, ingredients that when paired with the great taste of grilled corn keeps 'em coming back for more. If you love backyard grilling, and go wild for fresh sweet corn every year, don't be put off by any perceived complications in this great grilled dish.
Spice up your side dish repertoire with one of these 10 flavorful rubs, spreads or sprinkles that elevate traditional corn on the cob.
This traditional south Louisiana side dish (pronounced mock shoe) features fresh-cut corn slow-simmered with onions, bell peppers and rich cream seasoned with a shake of cayenne pepper sauce. Add shrimp, crawfish, Tasso ham or crabmeat for a hearty main dish entree.
"This is an easy way to bring height-of-summer cookout mojo to our favorite vegetables without fussing with a charcoal or gas grill," The Lees say. Cooking the corn and okra on the stove in a heavy skillet gives them a superb char.
When hosting a cookout, mix up these three spice blends for topping corn on the cob. It's much more fun than plain salt.
"Butter is not the villain it once was," says Michel Nischan, who adds a little bit to roasted garlic to create a rich, creamy spread for corn on the cob.
Marinated in Italian dressing, these grilled sweet corn and tomato wedges are topped with sweet and spicy chili-avocado butter. Serve this outdoor grilling recipe during summer when corn and tomatoes are plentiful.
Grilled sweet corn is made into a homemade relish that pairs perfectly with the smoky chicken in this dinner recipe. Try it for a summer cookout.
Cotija cheese is the key ingredient that takes corn on the cob south of the border.
Steamed or boiled corn on the cob is delicious, but learning how to grill corn takes it to whole different level of flavor.
Fresh green soybeans, called edamame or sweet beans, are a great addition to this classic American dish, where they stand in for the traditional lima beans. The succotash is wonderful as it is or topped with grilled shrimp, salmon or chicken.
What is the essence of summer eating? For me, it's my first taste of the perfect ear of corn. Sweet and silky, corn on the cob just can't be beat when the season is upon us.