Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Hhhhmmm Corn on the Cob!

I don't like to eat anything normal. I need flavour and spice to make my meal interesting. This dish is different and super simple. It's a great way to make something predictable and ordinary into something extraordinary! 

Corn on the Cob is a wonderful summer side dish-but don't think for a second this guy is a vegetable. Corn is technically a grain, like wheat and holds a very high sugar content. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corn Since it has a high sugar content, it should be eaten in moderation. Corn syrup is what makes pop sweet! So for me, Corn is a treat, that I don't eat too often!

The sweetness in Corn is where I found my inspiration. Try this out and try out your own variations and let me know what you thought! There's a couple ways you can cook this, but the flavours and ingredients are the same.

Sweet & Spicy Chinese Five Spiced Corn
Corn on the Cob, one per person, or to taste
Butter, to taste
Cayenne, to taste 
Chinese Five Spice Powder, to taste
Salt, to taste 
Pepper, to taste

Method 1-Indoors

  1. Boil the Corn in it's husks, DO NOT ADD SALT TO THE WATER (About 10 or so minutes in rolling boiling water)
  2. Shuck the corn while hot-Be careful!
  3. Cut the Corn into smaller pieces, like in half or thirds.
  4. Toss cooked corn in a big bowl with all the other ingredients

Method 2-BBQ

  1. Shuck the corn
  2. Cut the corn into smaller pieces, like in half or thirds.
  3. Cut pieces of tin foil that are 1 1/2 feet long, one per ear of corn
  4. Place corn in the middle of the tin foil
  5. Top with Chinese Five Spice Compound Butter***
    1. The Compound Butter will wrap itself all around the corn in the cooking process and the butter will likely find a way to leak out, so don't panic about the amount of butter you use, or having to smear it all over the corn
  6. Wrap up tightly to seal the packets
  7. Put on indirect heat on the BBQ until corn is cooked, flipping once (10-15 minutes)

***Chinese Five Spice Compound Butter (For ten ears worth of corn)
1 stick of Butter
1 Tablespoon of Chinese Five Spice Powder
1 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Ground Pepper
1/2 teaspoon of Salt

Mash it all together. I find keeping the butter cold and then shredding the cold butter with a fine shredder helps, especially when you forgot to take the butter out to soften and you're in a hurry

What is Chinese Five Spice Powder, anyways?! It's a blend of five Chinese spices. Star Anise, Cinnamon, Cloves, Fennel, and Sichuan Pepper. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_five_spice can find this blended together in a mix in the Spice section of your local grocery store. Buy it! Try it! Use it in different applications! I imagine it would be mighty delish in French Toast? (Must try that next time I make french toast!)