Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Roasted Corn on the Cob

I have never had roasted corn in my life so I am not sure if this is the preferred method, but it worked out very well for me. Local corn is in season now and the kernels are tender and very sweet. Roasting only amplifies the sweetness. And, if you are a corn-roasting expert, let me know your method.

INGREDIENTS
- corn cobs, husk on

METHOD
Preheat BBQ to 500 degrees
1. Trim top tassells and soak corn in a sink if water for 20 mins.
2. Roast on the BBQ for 25 -30 mins, turning every 5 mins, and rotating cobs if your BBQ has hot spots. The husks will be pretty black by the end, but you want to make sure you don't burn the corn underneath.
3. Remove corn from grill and let cool for 5 mins. Remove husks and serve.

Here are the cobs after 1 turn. The real trick is getting the husks off the hot cobs. I held them with an oven mitt and peeled off the husks with a set of tongs.

12 comments:

handstil said...

This may be a dumb question, but I've never cooked corn before so I honestly have no idea; How do you clean corn? If it has the husk on it does it even need to be washed?
Thanks! I really enjoy your blog!

Jan Scholl said...

there is no other way to eat corn, is there? corn is pretty scarce here in Mi for some reason. 4 ears for 2 dollars. I ice mine up in a bowl of water, then I melt a mixture of salt, pepper, butter or margarine, crushed garlic and smoky paprika. paint the corn inside with this and put the husks back up and make a bowl with aluminum foil to catch any drippies. Roast maybe 15 minutes as I like it very crisp. and I always make two extra ears because doggies get one too. I hold it by the ends and they nibble it off. Its pretty funny but just a tradition I started long ago. Just wish I could get my hands on some this year. weird weather and I only buy organic veggies. enjoy a bite for me, okay?

Now here is the real trick. just pull the husks back and hold onto that as your holder. We never take the husks off to eat the corn. Corn on the cob is served by street vendors in Detroit and at football games etc. Too much a bother to take the husks completely off. To desilk, I pull back husks, and wear a rubber glove and just twist the cob in my hand, silk comes right off. When all is said and done and eaten, I break the cobs up and toss in the compost. husks and all.

Bianca said...

I have yet to try roasting corn in the husk. It looks so beautiful and tasty that way! And more earth-friendly than using foil.

Anonymous said...

Hello vegan dad,
we've been roasting corn ever since i was a child, but i have never seen anyone do it with the husks on!:))what we do is just peel the husks (but preserve them) and put in directly on the grill and roll them every once in a while. or better still - as kids we got wooden sticks, pointed them in the end, drill a small hole in the hard part of the corn (the part where it was stuck to the plant), put the corn on that stick and roasted them in the open fire. i must say it was great fun and the parent were of course satisfied as well because for once we kept ourselves busy;)

John Plummer said...

We usually do husk-on, but soak the ears before roasting. A friend of mine uses his uncle's method: make little boats of aluminum foil, one for each ear husk-off, put beer in the bottom of each foil boat, onto the grill, and close the lid - so they sort of grill/smoke/steam with the beer.

Anonymous said...

I usually roast the corn husks off until done (they don't take long. You can brush them with various oils or a flavoured margarine (i like fresh dill on mine) during and after the cooking, but they are just as good plain. It's a lot less messy than taking the husks off after - just beware of overcooking!

Vegan Dad said...

handstil,
Since the corn is in the husk, I go with the theory that it is well protected and does not need washing.

Anonymous said...

We husk then wrap in foil :)

Natjenn said...

We roast corn on the cob without the husks as well. You have to be careful not to cook it too long, but it gets a nice roasted flavour.

Kristin said...

We used to husk the corn and wrap it in foil and grill it, but we moved and got a tiny grill that doesn't get very hot so now we husk them and then throw them right onto the grill. That works pretty well, but only try this at home if you have a low heat grill (Charbroil Patio grill).

Patchoulia said...

We always do our corn Jamaican style (I first tried it at the Vegetarian Food fair in Toronto years ago..the "One Love Corn" folks were serving it, along with their amazing corn chowder..anyway..we peel the corn, rub it all over with lime ensuring the juice gets into the crevices, then sprinkle w/salt and cayenne and rub vegan margarine all over it. Then we wrap it up TIGHTLY to ensure all the juices/margarine stays in, then we roast it on the BBQ. Best corn ever. :)

Millette Jones said...

Oven roast method....peel husks back and remove silks, pull husks back up and roast in the oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees F. When done peel husks back and add earth balance and fresh herbs. Super good!