In Cooperation with Weber Grill Switzerland
One of the great pleasures in life is grilled corn. I look forward to summer each year with mounting anticipation, waiting for the moment when those first few ears of local fresh sweetcorn pop up in the shops and markets. I remember as a child, the many backyard BBQ’s we’d have or attend each summer – and the huge plate of corn on the cob that was ever-present! To me, it’s not summer, and it’s not a BBQ, without corn. 😉
In the USA in peak summer season you can find great piles of corn in the husk selling 4 (or more!) for $1.00! Unreal! Here in Switzerland most corn grown is used for animal feed, but still check your farmers markets or farm stands for some fresh sweetcorn, labeled Süssmais.
It’s at the time when the shop is overflowing with ears of corn, that I go a bit corn-mad. I love corn fritters, corn chowder, corn salad, and more. The sugar in corn starts to go starchy the minute it is picked, so try to find the freshest corn you can. I only buy local corn, for both environmental and taste concerns. When I find it, I buy loads! Thankfully my family loves corn as much as I do.
Grilling on your grill (I use a Weber Grill for excellent results) it brings out the sugars and makes the exterior a bit crunchy, elevating it to perfection. Some soak their ears first, or even boil or microwave them in order to speed up the grill time. But ideally if you are using fresh corn, the whole process should take about 10 minutes after popping them straight onto a medium-hot grill.
In street markets in Mexico, they make their grilled corn, called Elote, coated with a fat (usually mayonnaise), and sprinkled with chili powder, cheese, and doused with fresh lime. The fat keeps it moist and helps everything stick, and the salty cheese (usually Cotija, similar to Feta), spicy chili, and acidic lime excite the tastebuds! I like to serve these with Grilled Fish Tacos, they taste great together!
You could also make this salad-style but cutting off the roasted kernels and mixing the rest of the ingredients all together in a bowl. For younger children, I omit the chili and lime and cut the cobs into smaller rings.
I love to grill all year round, and my Weber Q-Series Gas Grill makes it super easy. With gas, you just turn it on and it heats up quickly, allowing you to grill without any fuss, and of course cooking outdoors means less kitchen cleanup later! And because it’s Weber, I know I can count on a quality product. I also love to turn the corn with my extra long and durable Weber grill tongs and the Heat proof gloves… burning yourself sure takes the fun out of grilling, so stay safe with these great products.
Cook’s Note: To remove all the silk (those pesky strands) before grilling, you can try microwaving them for a minute before peeling, or use a vegetable brush or (new) toothbrush, brushing in one direction. For simpler eating, you can insert a wooden stick as a handle, or use special corn holders which stick into both ends of the cob.
Many thanks to Weber Grill Switzerland for sponsoring this post, however all opinions and recipes are my own.