Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oh My God: CORN!!!

The other day on a long bike ride, I happened to stop by a local farmer’s market. One farmer was giving out little samples of his corn. It was uncooked and on the cob. I ate it just like that and it was so sweet and juicy that I bought some on the spot. Packed them up on my bike and headed back home to throw them on the grill for lunch.

After removing the silk inside and keeping the husk still on, I soaked them for about an hour in water. I grilled them for about 20 minutes in their husks. The turned out to be the BEST corn I have ever had in my entire life!

I served them simply with a fresh herb compound butter, salt and pepper. This corn was so sweet, plump and juicy. The flavor and texture was perfect in every way. The combination of the amazing corn, creamy butter, and fresh herbs was a perfect Foodgasmic experience.

I was curious to know more about the farm this super delicious corn came from.  It's called Twin Garden Farms and is located in Harvard, IL.  They have developed a brand of corn called Mirai®. According to them, it's "the most flavorsome corn in the world." I'm inclined to agree with them. 

Any chance you get, go support your local farmer’s market. There is nothing better than fresh and local produce! Farmer’s markets are a perfect place to find vegetables and fruit that are Foodgasm worthy.

And here's what I put on my grilled corn.

Fresh Herb Compound Butter
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) of unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 Tablespoon fresh parsley, finely minced
1 Tablespoon fresh dill, finely minced
1 Tablespoon fresh chives, finely minced
½ teaspoon cracked fresh pepper
½ teaspoon kosher salt

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.  Mix well with a spoon until combined and all ingredients are evenly incorporated.  Place the butter mixture onto plastic wrap, form into a log, wrap tightly and refrigerate until ready to serve.  You can also pipe the butter mixture from a pastry bag with a star tip onto little plates for a decorative way to serve them. Allow to come to room temperature before serving so it is spreadable. Then spread on that delicious freshly grilled corn or anything you like. (I’ve also found that tossing the compound butter with any hot cooked vegetables is just as delightful.)

1 comment:

  1. I lived in IL the last 2 years and encountered the Mirai folks at our local farmers markets. Their corn was definitely love at first taste!