Your Best Ideas for Corn

August 8, 2011

dilled crunchy sweet corn salad Summer Corn Chowder
Photos by James Ransom (left) and Sarah Shatz

The ancient Mayans worshiped corn as an essential and sustaining crop, and we’ve met many a picnic-goer who cultivates the same reverence for these knobbly ears.

Corn can be used in a myriad of ways -- grilled whole in the husk; zipped off the cob for a raw salad; puréed with fresh herbs for a light soup; or even steeped in cream and frozen for an unexpected icy treat.

We'd be willing to bet the sweet corn dishes below would delight the gods. How would your preparations measure up? Share your worship-worthy tips and recipes for this versatile summer staple in the comments section below. Remember, if you choose to upload a recipe (and we hope you will), please mention it in your comment.

Some of our favorite recipes with sweet corn:

Warm Grilled Potato Salad with Arugula, Fresh Corn and Charred Scallion Vinaigrette
Roasted Red Pepper Soup with Corn and Cilantro
Crunchy Coconut Corn Fritters
Corn on the Cobb with Feta and Herbs
Corn Pudding
Summer Corn Chowder (pictured above, right)
Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing (pictured above, left)

Want more seasonal recipes? Check out last week's post: Your Best Ideas for Summer Squashes.

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    pkchic says: To remove the silks from an ear of corn, just roll it in both your hands under running water... as you you are rolling garlic cloves in a rubber sleeve. This is a very quick, easy and fast way to remove the silks.

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    foodymom says: Just strip the tusks off, lay the corn on a piece of waxed paper..slather the corn with a pat of butter, salt and pepper..roll up the corn in the waxed paper, twisting the ends..Put in microwave for three minutes on medium, then turn corn over for anothe three minutes on medium...

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    arvida says: Foodymom, I like your idea - this would be especially useful for students and anyone who has to use a microwave to cook their food. I'm going to try this.

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    arvida says: My favorite way to eat corn is the way my mother made it - she cut it off the cob, making sure to scrape the "milk" from the cob. Then she cooked it simply in a pot with a little salted water. She would often season it with some bacon. I can remember stiflingly hot and humid summers in the South and the wonderful aroma of this corn alongside fried chicken, sliced tomatoes and cucumber spears - and homemade biscuits!

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    Maddy, Editor says: Wow. Can I borrow that memory, arvida? That sounds simple and fabulous.

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    HobbyChef says: a great way to cook corn if you do not want to grill it - boil a large pot of water - keep the corn in the husks except for the few outer tough leaves - the corn should be still sealed in the lighter leafy greens - drop in the boiling water for 2 minutes - sweet and tender

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    micheleinmaryland says: Tofu tacos -- sauté red onion, garlic, red pepper and jalapeno, then add firm tofu (crumbled and marinated in lime juice, chipotle pepper, cumin and salt) and corn, cook until hot, and then sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve in a taco shell with guacomole and salsa.

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