There is nothing better when that first hint of summer comes around and you make a mad dash to the sweet corn display at the grocery. I say the grocery because we’ve all been so cookout deprived by the time the first ears show up that the farmers markets don’t carry them yet. It’s okay, we’ve all done it. What makes me sad is seeing that big trashcan full of corn husks because I want to drop to my knees and yell “NO!!! You’re missing the best part!!” Look, we’ve all got our own ways to cook our sweet corn and this is mine so don’t go stripping your corn of its clothes before leaving the store if you want the perfect, juicy sweet corn! Oh yeah, I’ve also made some herb butter to slather on them…you’re welcome.
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- Ears of sweet corn
- 1/2 stick butter, softened
- Herbs of your choice (fresh or dried...Italian seasoning, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper all work)
- Small bowl to mix butter
- Spoon or spatula
- Soak corn in a sink or pot full of water for 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 or turn grill on low to achieve close to the same temperature. Check the temperature gauges on your grill.
- Shake off excess water and roll in a sheet of foil making sure to seal the ends.
- Place corn in the oven or on the grill and cook for 10 minutes.
- Using tongs, flip the corn over and cook for 10 more minutes so it can cook evenly.
- Put softened butter in a small bowl. Add spices of your choice and mix well. If you have small paper condiment cups, put 1/2 tablespoon in them and put them in the fridge to harden up.
- You should be starting to smell that delicious steamed corn smell. If you don't yet, bake for 5 more minutes.
- Remove corn and keep covered in foil until ready to serve.
- Unroll the foil and carefully cut 1/2" above the large end of the corn cob. You may be able to use the foil to apply pressure to squeeze the corn out completely with no silk attached.
- If that's not working, make a split in the husk and roll it down the length of the cob holding the top with one hand and then twisting when you get to the end with the other hand and you can remove 95% of the silk with one twist.
- Insert corn cob holders and chow down on that sweet, juicy corn!