Local Corn on the Cob with a Gourmet Twist
During the summer, we look forward to all kinds of fresh produce. But local corn on the cob tops our list in August. One other thing we really love is finding creative ways to cook with local. So, while a pot of boiling water and a block of butter may be the summer standard, we wanted to share a few of our favourite gourmet spins on Nova Scotia corn on the cob.
Tasty Twist #1
Chili, Goat Cheese & Ham - It might seem like a bit of overkill, but the mixture of flavours and textures is quite amazing. The goat cheese adds creaminess, the chile adds some heat, and the ham wraps everything in a bit of salty goodness. We used Ran-Cher Acres goat cheese, but we think we'll try Fox Hill Quark this time around. PS - you can grill or boil the corn.
Tasty Twist #2
Honey Butter - Melted butter on corn is divine, but with one simple twist, you can take things to a whole new level. This is so easy. Soften a stick of butter and mix in 1/2 tsp of kosher salt and a couple of tablespoons of honey (Kittilsens, Cornect Family Farm, Cosman & Whidden, Wood 'n' Hive or your favourite local honey) and spread on hot corn.
Tasty Twist #3
Maple & Mustard - We know....mustard? But give it a chance. You need 1/4 cup of local maple syrup (KD Hunter, Sugar Moon Farm, Acadian Maple, Maple Mist, or MacRae's Rocky Ridge Maple) 2 tbsp of Dijon mustard and a pinch of nutmeg or allspice. Brush it on. Love it a lot.
Tasty Twist #4
Bacon Wrapped Corn on the Cob - Do you need anymore proof that everything is better wrapped in bacon? Here it is. We used Meadowbrook Meats bacon, but there are plenty of local options. We also think OH Armstrong Montreal Bacon would be great. Wrap the corn and grill. That's all there is to it. You can also roast the corn in the oven (350°F degrees, 20 minutes or so) if you don't want to grill.
Tasty Twist #5
Fried Corn on the Cob - Batter up! We've had corn fritters before, just never fried corn on the cob. We can tell you for sure it's tasty. If you like a little heat, add chipotle powder or cayenne to the dry ingredients. It's kind of hard to describe the experience, but you get the sweet corn and the crispiness from the batter and it just works. Remember to be very careful when cooking with hot oil.
Look for local corn at farmers' markets, grocery stores, and Nova Scotia U-picks and enjoy one of summer's best treats. You can find more local recipes on our website.