As we come into August, corn on the cob is in its prime, with the kernels as ripe and tender as ever. Available at groceries and local farmer's markets alike, there is no excuse not to snatch these delicious ears up while you can. Though corn may be available year-round, the fresh seasonal variety far exceeds the flavor of those shipped to the store off-season.
Perfect just off the grill as a side with burgers or mashed and boiled as chowder, there is something for everyone in each sunny cob. Here are some recipes that are sure to have you coming back for more.
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Grilled Corn with Roasted Garlic Butter
For truly delicious corn, all you need is a little butter, some salt, a few ears and a grill. Add some garlic and you have this delicious Grilled Corn with Roasted Garlic Butter recipe. Make sure you have plenty of napkins when eating this; that garlic butter is sure to make more than a bit of a mess when slathered on some hot cobs.
Red Apple Inn Corn Pudding
Corn pudding is a warm and hearty comfort food that, though great on chilly fall nights, is also delicious and fulfilling on a cooler summer day. Creamy and souffle-light, this fresh Corn Pudding recipe is made with kernels straight off the cob rather than the canned corn that most recipes ask for. To save some time, this pudding can be baked ahead and reheated.
Amagansett Corn Salad
Corn off the cob is a great base to any crunchy summer salad and this Amagansett Corn Salad is the perfect testament. Crunchy corn, sweet tomatoes and the kick of some chopped red onion are balanced with a splash of tangy balsamic dressing for a refreshing dish perfect on a hot and humid evening.
Smoky Ham-and Corn Chowder
A hearty chowder is a sure crowd-pleaser, no matter the weather. The sweetness of fresh corn and richness of cream are countered with smoky chunks of ham in this recipe from Food & Wine. Cook some up to serve with dinner and reheat the next day for a warming lunch. Delicious.
Grilled Mexican Street Corn from Cafe Habana
The Grilled Mexican Street Corn from Cafe Habana is an incredible remix of classic grilled corn on the cob and has been described as "insanity" by those here in the Snooth family. Big on flavor from a combination of chili powder, Cotija cheese and lime, these mouthwatering cobs will have you coming back for seconds, or thirds. And amazingly for us, the recipe is incredibly simple and easy to follow.