Yield
Makes 12 ears; allow at least 2 or 3 for a serving

How to Make It

Step 1

In a covered 10- to 12-quart pan over high heat, bring 5 to 6 quarts water to a boil.

Step 2

Meanwhile, pull off and discard cornhusks and silks. Immerse ears in boiling water. Cover and cook until corn is hot, 3 to 5 minutes.

Step 3

Drain, or lift ears from water with tongs. Season hot corn with choices from the flavor bar, or butter ears and add salt and pepper to taste.

Step 4

Nutritional analysis for corn per ear of unseasoned corn.

Step 5

Flavor Bar--Select 1 or more of the following combinations. Each covers at least a dozen ears of corn.

Step 6

Chili salt and lime: Mix 1 tablespoon salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder. Cut 3 limes into wedges. Rub corn with lime wedge, then sprinkle with chili salt to taste.

Step 7

Per serving: 7 cal., 53% (9 cal.) from fat; 0 g protein; 1 g fat (0 g sat.); 4 g carbo (1 g fiber); 585 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

Step 8

Sesame teriyaki: Mix 3/4 cup purchased thick teriyaki sauce or glaze and 1 tablespoon Asian (toasted) sesame oil. In an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir about 1/3 cup sesame seed until golden, about 3 minutes. Brush corn with sauce and sprinkle with sesame seed.

Step 9

Per serving: 45 cal., 56% (25 cal.) from fat; 7 g protein; 8 g fat (4 g sat.); 8 g carbo (6 g fiber); 691 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

Step 10

Pesto: In a blender or food processor, combine 1 1/3 cups fresh basil leaves, 2/3 cup olive oil, 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese, and 2 cloves garlic; whirl until mixture is smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread on corn.

Step 11

Per serving: 120 cal., 98% (117 cal.) from fat; 2 g protein; 13 g fat (2 g sat.); 6 g carbo (4 g fiber); 41 mg sodium; 7 mg chol.

Step 12

Mexican cheese and chili: Mix 1/2 cup mayonnaise with 2 tablespoons milk. Put 3/4 cup finely crumbled cotija or grated parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon ground dried California or New Mexico chilies or chili powder in individual bowls. Brush corn with mayonnaise mixture and sprinkle with cheese and chilies.

Step 13

Per serving: 86 cal., 91% (78 cal.) from fat; 5 g protein; 7 g fat (2 g sat.); 7 g carbo (1 g fiber); 141 mg sodium; 7 mg chol.

Step 14

Cilantro-chili-garlic butter. Mix 3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) melted butter or margarine with 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro, 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons minced fresh jalapeño chili, and 2 or 3 pressed or minced cloves garlic. Brush on corn.

Step 15

Per serving: 103 cal., 96% (99 cal.) from fat; 2 g protein; 11 g fat (2 g sat.); 3 g carbo (0 g fiber); 117 mg sodium; 31 mg chol.

Step 16

Lemon-thyme butter: Mix 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) melted butter or margarine with 1/4 cup minced chives or green onions, 1 tablespoon minced fresh or 1 teaspoon dried thyme, 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel, and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Brush butter on corn.

Step 17

Per serving: 69 cal., 100% (69 cal.) from fat; 1 g protein; 7 g fat (8 g sat.); 3 g carbo (1 g fiber); 79 mg sodium; 21 mg chol.

Step 18

Mustard-tarragon sauce: Mix 6 tablespoons olive oil, 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard, 1 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh or 3/4 teaspoon dried tarragon, and 1 pressed or minced clove garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Brush on corn.

Step 19

Per serving: 64 cal., 95% (61 cal.) from fat; 1 g protein; 8 g fat (9 g sat.); 5 g carbo (0 g fiber); 45 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

Step 20

Spiced salt: In a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over medium heat, stir 1/2 teaspoon each cumin seed, coriander seed, mustard seed, and black peppercorns until mustard seed begins to pop, about 3 minutes. Pour into a blender with 1 tablespoon coarse salt and grind to a powder. Sprinkle on buttered ears of corn.

Step 21

Per 1/4 teaspoon: 7 cal., 0% (0 cal.) from fat; 0 g protein; 0 g fat; 1 g carbo (0 g fiber); 184 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

Step 22

Curry butter: In a 6- to 8-inch frying pan over low heat, stir 1 1/2 tablespoons curry powder, 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add 3/4 cup (3/8 lb.) butter or margarine and stir until melted. Brush on corn.

Step 23

Per serving: 104 cal., 95% (99 cal.) from fat; 2 g protein; 11 g fat (2 g sat.); 5 g carbo (3 g fiber); 118 mg sodium; 31 mg chol.

Step 24

Dried tomato–basil butter: In a food processor, whirl 1/4 cup drained dried tomatoes packed in oil until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine (at room temperature) and 1 teaspoon dried basil; whirl to blend. Or finely chop tomatoes with a knife and mix with butter and basil in a bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread on corn.

Step 25

Per serving: 80 cal., 94% (75 cal.) from fat; 4 g protein; 3 g fat (8 g sat.); 4 g carbo (3 g fiber); 98 mg sodium; 21 mg chol.

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