Sunday, November 11, 2007

Brown Buttered Corn

Brown Buttered Corn

I haven’t posted a recipe in awhile, so here’s a great one…

This Brown Buttered Corn side dish originally came from The New York Times (September 5th, 2007). The recipe was meant to coincide with the last of the wonderful fresh Farmers Market corn. Of course, those sweet, crunchy ears are a distant memory now and even though this dish is better with freshly shucked corn right off the cob, the frozen Green Giant stuff is still perfectly fantastic.

I love this dish because it quite literally takes 10 minutes to make in one pan and it is simple enough for picky eaters and sophisticated enough for your resident food snob – but be prepared to make a lot of it. We had 6 of our neighbors over for dinner Saturday night and the corn was such a hit, I had to go back in the kitchen mid-dinner and make another batch. Which is kind of cool actually, when people like something so much you have to go back and make more on the spot. And the kids pounded it, which is also satisfying on a Mommy level. So, make more. You can always keep it for lunch the next day…but trust me, there won’t be any left.

Here is the recipe adapted from The Times (with my notes). Their recipe makes for 4 people, but they must be stick people who don’t love corn. I tripled it for our kitchen supper on Saturday.

Brown Buttered Corn

3 ears corn, shucked (or a package of frozen corn without sauce)

4 tablespoons butter (be generous)

4 sprigs thyme, preferably lemon thyme (you can also use rosemary or a rosmary/thyme combo. Both worked well.)

Coarse sea salt (whatever salt you have will be just fine)

Freshly ground black pepper

If you are a glutton for punishment and are using shucked corn. Here’s what to do:

1. Break ears of corn in half and stand one half vertically on a cutting board. Using a sawing motion, run a knife between cob and kernels to remove kernels. Using back of knife, scrape denuded cob to release corn’s juices. Transfer kernels and juice to a bowl. Repeat with remaining corn.

If you are sane and using the Jolly Green Giant. Here's what to do:

1. Open bag of corn.

2. Melt butter in a saucepan; add thyme and/or rosemary. Let butter cook until you see golden brown specks in bottom of pan, about 5 minutes. The key is getting the butter nice and nutty tasting. Add corn, juices and a large pinch of salt and pepper; stir well and cover pot. Let the corn cook until tender, about 5 minutes.

3. Remove any annoying little branches, add more salt and pepper if desired, and serve hot, alone or as a side dish.

Let me know what you think….

Xxxooo YM



Veronica said...

It sounds delicious!

Izzy's Mama said...

I have been making this same dish with olive oil for years. I glanced at that recipe in the Times and didn't even realize it was the same thing I make but with butter instead. YUM

kalen said...

this recipe sounds really good! i'm not much of a cook but i might try it. this is the second recipe tonight i've read on a blog that sounds delish!!!

kate said...

I keep reading about this recipe and then forgetting about it until I read about it again. We love corn with a passion, even Green Giant corn. I should make this; we would eat it like it was our last meal.

Julie said...

Yum -- I love this, and made it a couple of times while corn was still in season. See, you had this for family dinner and you didn't even have to puree it and put it in some brownies to get your kids to eat it...imagine that...

(Can you even imagine the grossness of HOT CHOCOLATE with PUREED SWEET POTATOES in it, apparently one of Jessica's fabulous brainstorms? These people are so vile.)