Grilled Corn on the Cob with Cilantro Queso Fresco Butter
Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Randy Mon
6 ears corn on the cob in husks
About 1/4 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup queso fresco (Mexican-style fresh cheese)*
1/4 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lime zest
2/3 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
How to Make It
Remove silks from corn but leave husks intact. Put corn in a large bowl with 1/4 cup salt and water to cover. Soak about 1 hour.
Heat a grill to medium-high (350° to 450°). Meanwhile, whirl queso fresco, butter, mayonnaise, and lime zest in a food processor until fairly smooth. Add cilantro and pulse to blend. Spread half the butter mixture on a plate and spoon the rest into a small bowl.
Grill corn, covered, turning occasionally, until tender (peel back husks to check), 10 to 15 minutes. Peel back husks from cobs and tie with a strip of husk. Roll cobs in butter mixture on plate to coat (use a flexible spatula to help), then set on a platter. Serve with remaining butter and more salt to add to taste.
*Find queso fresco at well-stocked grocery stores and Latino markets.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving, using half of butter mixture.
I decided that my grilled corn on the cob needed a little more excitement. This did the job! Loved it! We are cilantro people so it was a treat. I made a little more than needed. I'm thinking about other veggies to use it on. Zucchini is next!
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