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Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese

There’s not much you can do to improve upon fresh corn on the cob. But if you felt up to the challenge, might I suggest grilling it and then melting herb-studded butter and Parmesan cheese over the top?

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese  |  {Five Heart Home}Last weekend my in-laws bought a bunch of fresh sweet corn from a roadside produce stand and were kind enough to share some with us. We already had plans to grill chicken for dinner that night, which I was thinking we’d Caprese up with some melted mozzarella, sliced tomatoes, and fresh basil. So I decided it might be tasty to give our corn on the cob some Italian flair as well!

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese | {Five Heart Home}Sadly, the cilantro in my herb garden is dying back from the heat, but my other herbs are still going strong and I’m always trying to come up with ways to make use of them. That’s why I decided to use a combination of basil, oregano, parsley, and thyme in this herb butter.

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese | {Five Heart Home}In this case, minimal effort resulted in maximum flavor. The sweet corn tasted even sweeter in contrast to the salty butter and Parmesan cheese, and the combination of Italian herbs perfectly complemented our Caprese chicken sandwiches. As an added bonus, the corn sure looked purty all dressed up like that.

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese | {Five Heart Home}You could easily switch out these herbs for your favorites, and even try a different cheese. Dill + feta, cilantro + cotija…the possibilities are endless. I think the next time I make herb butter, I might even toss in some finely minced garlic…mmmm. Have fun experimenting, and come back and let me know if you come up with a combination worth sharing!

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese

Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Sweet Corn with Italian Herb Butter & Parmesan Cheese

Fresh sweet corn on the cob is grilled, slathered with an Italian herb butter, and topped with Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients

  • 4 ears fresh corn on the cob
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh basil
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

    To grill corn in husks:
  1. Leave ears in husks, trim silk off the top, and soak in cold water for 30 minutes. Shake off water and grill for 25 to 30 minutes over direct medium heat, turning every five minutes or so.
  2. To grill husked corn:
  3. Remove husks and silk and brush with a little olive oil or melted butter. Grill over direct medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes, turning every few minutes.
  4. To grill corn in foil:
  5. Remove husks and silk. Place each ear of corn on a square of foil and wrap tightly. Grill over direct medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, turning every few minutes. Unwrap carefully as the steam will be very hot!
  6. To make herb butter:
  7. Mix chopped herbs into softened butter. Season with pepper, to taste. Stir until butter is smooth and well combined. (Alternatively, you may place herbs, softened butter, and pepper in a food processor to chop and mix.) Spread herb butter over hot corn and serve immediately.

Tips, Tricks, & Variations

If you use the grilling in foil method, you may opt to spread some butter on the corn before wrapping it tightly in foil (so that the butter doesn't leak out).

Instead of grilling, you may cook corn by bringing a large pot of water to a boil, adding corn, lowering heat, and simmering for 3 to 5 minutes or until tender.

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This post is linked to Weekend Potluck #79 at 4 Little Fergusons, Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday Link Party #76 at Kitchen Fun With My 3 Sons, Best of the Weekend at A Little Claireifiation, Strut Your Stuff Saturday Link Party Week 109 at Six Sisters’ Stuff, Inspiration Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Two Cup Tuesday No. 32 at Pint Sized Baker, and Totally Tasty Tuesdays at Mandy’s Recipe Box.

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Comments

  1. Hi Samantha! This looks absolutely amazing!!! Fabulous photos! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board and will be sharing this fabulous recipe on FB and Twitter over the weekend. Have a great night and a happy weekend!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      You are so sweet, Cindy…thank you for everything! Hope you have a wonderful evening and weekend as well! :)

  2. Totally up for the challenge Samantha, loving amping up vegetables. This looks delicious, pinning now and sharing! Love fresh herb butter, so stinking good!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      Thanks so much, Krista! My son saw the leftover herb butter in the fridge this weekend and asked if we could try it on some other vegetables. Hmmm…I like the way he thinks! ;) I appreciate you stopping by…hope you have a great week!

  3. Yum! This looks so good! I want some fresh corn now!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I appreciate the comment, Nicole! I love fresh corn, too…I’m going to miss it when it goes out of season!

  4. That butter sounds delicious, I love how you filled it will all the herbs, it sounds like a great complement to the corn!

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      It really is tasty, Maria. There is a great contrast between the sweet corn and the salty/herby butter!

  5. Oh my – I better see if I can get more corn this weekend…. I love this but hey I’m Italian :-)

    • Samantha at Five Heart Home Samantha at Five Heart Home says:

      I hear you, Deb…I love this but I’m German! ;) Hope you find some corn this weekend so you can try it out. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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