Sunday, July 10, 2016

Grilled Corn On The Cob with Parsley and Garlic Brown Butter

Dear Curtis,

I sent my husband to the store for six fat ears of corn on the cob and he delivered.  I read through your recipe for Grilled Corn On The Cob with Parsley and Garlic Brown Butter and it seemed easy enough.  Full of motivation I proceeded to peel back the husk all the way, leaving it attached at the end. This was a little tricky and took a long time but I was still somewhat motivated to continue on with the recipe.

Twenty minutes later, I finished removing the silk and husking the corn. The husk was looking nicely arranged at the end of the cob. At this point I realized that my kitchen was a huge mess. Pieces of husk and cornsilk everywhere. Time for the corn to soak for an hour. Here is where I must ask you, what kind of object does one use to achieve this? I looked down at my six ears of fat corn with long husks hanging at the end and my mind went blank. Did I have anything big enough to hold all this?  Yes, but all the way in the back of my cabinet. It will take at least 10 minutes to dig it out. 

Beginning to get frustrated, I dig out everything in my cabinet looking for the pot big enough to hold the corn. Arrange the corn this way, doesn't fit.  Arrange the corn another way, doesn't fit. Smashed the corn into the container, threw on the lid, and threw a heavy cast iron pan on top to weight the lid down. Whatever, I say. It is what it is.

Blood rising, I had to clean the kitchen. Have you ever tried cleaning up cornsilk? It ain't easy, Curtis. Nearing a hissy fit I threw a stick of butter in the pan and proceeded making the brown butter sauce. I can do that. Easy enough. Butter melted, ingredients mixed in, and butter added back in fridge to harden up.

Finally the corn was done soaking and the butter was ready.  I must confess that I was totally over the corn by now. Who in their right mind works this hard to make a side dish? I felt like chucking the corn into the road, but I took it out to the grill. This is where the real fun began.

Husks everywhere, Curtis. Husks, everywhere. Too big for the grill, Curtis. The corn is almost impossible to turn. The husks are burning, Curtis. Why do I even have these husks on, Curtis? Do you know what burned husks do, Curtis? They turn into ash and disintegrate into one unbelievable mess. Why do you do this to me, Curtis? I thought we were friends.

I deem the corn charred and make my way back into the house. Wrestling with the brittle corn husks, I swear under my breath as I take pictures. Goodness sakes, Curtis. This corn is stressing me out. I'm starting to sweat and I hardly ever sweat, Curtis.

Frustrated beyond recognition I take a bite of the corn. It is delicious, Curtis. Almost worth all the frustration. Almost. The corn is sweet and juicy and the garlic butter is the perfect compliment to the corn. The squeeze of lemon adds just the right touch, brightening things up, and providing a fresh flavor. However, as I look down at my plate, the table, and the floor I notice burnt pieces of husk and ash.  Why, Curtis? Why do we need to leave the husk on the corn? Things would be so much easier if the husk was completely removed.

Thanks for the lesson, Curtis. It's been awhile since I learned a lesson the hard way. From this point on I will never, and I do mean never, leave the husks attached when I grill corn. Then I will truly be able to appreciate the deliciousness of this corn. Summer on a plate.


Grilled Corn On The Cob with Parsley and Garlic Brown Butter
Adapted from Curtis Stone Website
Serves 6

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
1/2 lemon, juiced
6 ears fresh yellow corn with husks attached
salt and black pepper, to taste

To make the brown butter: Place a small heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the butter and cook for 5 minutes or until the butter melts and becomes golden brown, swirling the pan occasionally.

Remove from the heat, stir in the garlic. Set aside until the butter is almost cold, then add the parsley and lemon juice. Place the butter mixture in a bowl and chill until the mixture is cold and firm.

To grill the corn: Fold back the husks from the corn cobs and remove the corn silk (keep the husks attached to the cobs). Soak the corn in a large bowl of cold water for 1 hour.  Drain and pat the corn dry.

Prepare the barbecue for medium heat:  Tear a few corn husks into long strips. Gather the husks at the base of a corn cob and tie them with the husk strips to secure. Repeat with the remaining corn cobs.

Spread the garlic butter all over the corn kernels. Sprinkle the corn kernels with salt and pepper. Place the corn on the grill. Cover and cook, turning occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the corn is soft and juicy and the husks are lightly charred.

Theme: On The Barbie!


  1. OK, I have to admit that I am laughing a little. Not AT you and the hassles you went through (what a PITA!) but at your funny letter to Curtis. And, although I would not think it worthwhile if I was the one who went through all the pain and suffering ... it does look pretty impressive in your photos! ;-) I am glad that it tasted good at least!

  2. I, too, learned about grilling corn husks the hard way. But your corn sure does look pretty.

  3. This letter to Curtis held me in suspense. I'm with you. I wouldn't attempt to leave the husks on. Not worth the frayed nerve and the time to clean up. What a fun and hilarious read, Kim!

  4. Oh my, you had me howling! I can't use the husk either because - well you just said it all! There was a fail for me, the pork roast, but I didn't share it. maybe I should. Other than these two (the corn and pork roast) I have been fining his recipes wonderful. Very good post, Kim.

  5. You made me laugh. I have never eat grilled corn with husks on 😁 but it looks very pretty after all this work

  6. And, corn is so delicious just steamed with butter, salt and pepper. Who needs all that bother? Your letter was too funny. You'll think so too, maybe later down the line. OMG to think I almost did that recipe, but there was no fresh corn available.

  7. We were riding the same corn wave! I bought fresh ears of corn did a spice blend and wrapped in bacon on the grill. Yours looks delicious! Why eat corn on the cob boiled when you can grill it!
    Hope you are enjoying your summer.


  8. This is the best post ever. I hear you loud and clear sister. Sometimes the end does not justify the means!

  9. Hilarious, I loved your narrative. My favorite grilled corn is elote (grilled corn with mayo/crema, cotija cheese, and seasonings. That stuff is crazy good!

  10. You had me grinning reading your letter to Curtis! Haha! Even though it sounds frustrating, it also sounds funny! I know that if I was in your shoes, I would be be grumbling with frustration! But I'm glad the corns turned out great! Worth the trouble that you have gone through, well, almost! :)


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