Monday, June 1, 2009

Grilled Corn on the Cob: Summer, She Comes

My heart grows about 47 sizes every time a new Pixar movie comes out. This weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Up, and the first 20 minutes left me a gooey, soggy mess. So much so, that I had to hide my snotty, tear-stained face in my shirt so the seven-year-old girl next to me wouldn’t think I was a big loser.

When I finally stopped openly weeping, it occurred to me that Pixar movies have become one of the things I most look forward to with the coming of summer. Also included: my backyard, eating outside, cold beer, iced coffee, wandering the main branch at the Brooklyn library, air-conditioned subway cars, besuboru, sundresses, late sunset, tomatoes, peppers, and sweet corn.

An Ohio native, sweet corn on the cob is the Husband-Elect’s favorite thing in life (besides cars that turn into robots). I try to indulge him as much as I can, though I don’t think I really understood how to prepare it correctly until this weekend. But that all changed, thanks to the aptly-named

Apparently (and I did not know this) soaking the corn in the husk before hand helps A LOT. See, once the cob is placed on the grill, the wet leaves simultaneously roast and steam the kernels. The result is perfectly tender corn with a delicious char-tinged flavor. It’s a thing to behold, and a better thing to eat.

One thing: take care not to let the cob sit too long after grilling. I prepared corn twice this weekend using this method, and the first time they rested for almost 45 minutes. The taste was lukewarm and a little dry. The second time, we ate it immediately, and it was much, much better.

Happy summer, everyone. Don’t forget: see Up (bring tissues), and eat corn. In that order, if you can.

P.S. Incidentally, Up started a discussion about ranking Pixar films. There have been ten so far, and here’s how I’d put them (1 = best, 10 = not worst - there are no bad Pixar movies. So maybe least best?) Readers, how would you rank them?

1. Finding Nemo
2. Toy Story 2
3. The Incredibles
4. Up
5. Wall-E
6. Toy Story
7. Ratatouille
8. Monsters, Inc.
9. A Bug’s Life
10. Cars

Grilled Corn on the Cob
Serves 1
Adapted from

1 ear corn with husk still on
Salt and pepper

1) Carefully peel back corn husk to reveal kernels and silk. Remove all silk, and put the husk back where it was, taking care to cover any errant kernels.

2) Soak corn in a pot of cold water for at least 30 minutes. Make sure to weigh it down so it stays under water.

3) Remove corn from water, and shake off to get rid of extra moisture. Place on a grill over medium-high heat, and cover. Cook for 30 minutes, or until entire husk is crispy and dark brown. Take care to turn every 5 minutes or so.

4) Remove from heat, shuck, and rinse quickly in warm water to get rid of any extra ash. Add salt and pepper to taste and eat immediately.

Approximate Calories, Fat, and Price Per Serving
93 calories, 4.2 g fat, $0.36

1 ear corn: 59 calories, 0.4 g fat, $0.33
1 teaspoon butter: 34 calories, 3.8 g fat, $0.02
Salt and pepper to taste: negligible calories and fat, $0.01
TOTAL: 93 calories, 4.2 g fat, $0.36

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Marcia said...

Okay, I haven't seen all the Pixar movies yet:

1. Cars
2. The Incredibles
3. Finding Nemo
4. Toy Story
5. Toy Story 2
6. Monsters Inc
7. A Bug's Life

haven't seen the rest.

My 3yr old is obsessed with Cars. And it's a darned funny movie. I've probably seen it 20 times in the last 6 mos.

kittiesx3 said...

We did something similar last night but in the oven. We wrapped our cleaned ears of corn in aluminum foil that was lightly sprayed with cooking spray and baked it with the casserole we were having at 375 for 30 minutes. Delightful.

Susan said...

I'll rate the 9 Pixar I've seen -

1. Wall-E - No question! Far and above the best - I would put it leagues above the rest.
2. Monsters, Inc. - Kitty!
3. Toy Story 2 - The song Jesse sings breaks my heart
4. Toy Story
5. The Incredibles
6. Finding Nemo
7. A Bug’s Life
8. Ratatouille
9. Cars - Derivative. The same story could be done with humans and make no difference

Wow - I had a hard time with this list. Guess I'm someone who likes Pixar, but isn't addicted. I am in no rush to see Up.

Veronica said...

I have always loved all of the Pixar movies! I haven't gotten a chance to see Up yet, so I will leave that out, but here is how I would rank them:
1.Monsters, Inc.
3.Toy Story
4.Finding Nemo
5.Toy Story 2
6.The Incredibles
7. Ratatouille
8. A Bug’s Life
9. Cars

Weej said...

I went to see UP this weekend too! My eyes were already tearing up not even 10 minutes into the movie. Poor poor ellie.

Ashley said...

I just saw the trailor for Toy Story 3 yesterday - its coming out June 2010...

Also I agree Finding Nemo is the best.

Amiyrah said...

I can't wait to take my boy to see Up!

My Hubby is a Ohio Native too, and anytime I can put corn on the weekly menu, he does a happy dance. His mother can sit at a table and continuously eat cobs and cobs of corn. She cracks me up.

Thanks for the tip on how to grill them. If we only were allowed to have a grill in our complex :o(

P.S.- Hands down, Toy Story is the number 1 Pixar movie. The Incredibles are a close second.

burpandslurp said...

Ratatouille, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles are up there for me! I don't really have much of an opinion for the others, except the a Bug's Life put me to sleep.
Have you ever tried the glutinous corn? It's less sweet, but sooo chewy and fun to eat!