Steaming, boiling or grilling are time-honored ways to enliven the natural sugars of sweet corn. But flavored butters and oils can add another layer of flavor to this summer side dish. Here are just a few suggestions:
- Chili butter: Combine 4 tablespoons softened butter, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder. 1/4 teaspoon sugar and pinch ground red pepper.
- Cabernet sweet onion butter: Combine 1 1/ cups cabernet wine (reduced over low heat to 1/4 cup and cooled), 1 pound butter (cut in pats), 1/2 cup homemadered onion jam (roughly chopped) amd 1/4 tablespoon whole black peppercorns.
- Cilantro lime butter: Combine 1/2 cup lightly-packed fresh cilantro leaves, 1/2 teaspoon grated lime peel, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce and 1/2 cup (1 stick) softened butter.
- Rosemary-garlic oil: 1⁄3 cup olive oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons finely minced garlic, 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed dried rosemary or thyme and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
SOURCE: Fresh Sunshine Sweet Corn CouncilCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun