Corn Roast & Flavored Butter
Right now fresh ears of corn on the cob are plentiful in the grocery store and along roadside produce stands. The price is right, too. Under 25 cents a serving. Can’t beat that. Normally, that means we would be up for hosting a corn roast & flavored butter with drinks at our house. Due to scheduling this year, that might not happen.
But that doesn’t stop us from enjoying a corn roast of our own and whipping up two of our favorite kinds of butter to share with our own family.
Let me share them with you. That way, I will not feel as bad by not having our usual crew over to the house this year.
Roasting the Corn:
I have done this two ways in previous years. The easy way, and the hard way AND the more labor intensive as I call it. Each has their own benefit, it all depends on the route you want to take and what additional items you are serving.
The Easy Way to Roast Corn
Ok, it really isn’t roasting corn. It is boiling it. Cooler corn is the easiest and quickest way to serve up a slew of corn on the cob for your guests. You shuck corn, boil water and add both to a cooler. It cooks itself and remains warm throughout most of a party. People just keep grabbing what they want through the night. Yep! It really is that easy. Directions in the form of video here.
Again, more labor intensive but impresses your guests. There is something about having blackened, smoky corn with flavored butters that impresses guests. It is more work than the first method – but nothing a person can’t handle for a smaller dinner crowd.
1.) Pull the husks down (don’t remove them) but remove the silks.
2.) Brush the corn with plain butter and pull the husks back up.
3.) Grill the corn over medium heat a charcoal or gas grill about ten minutes. 8 minutes a side.
No worries about blackened corn – it’s all good. The secondary flavored butter will be wonderful.
How Much Corn is Enough?
Magic question, huh? You would be surprised to know most females eat 4 cobs and the men, 6 cobs. Many times, we also snap a corn cob in half and butter each side differently.
Yes, they really do tend to enjoy a few drinks, fill up on corn and a few random small snacks I provide. An enjoyable, and easy night of entertaining. People tend to look forward to the night I host to see what flavors I come up with.
Flavored Corn Butters
Our families favorite flavored butter recipe is listed below. Beside being our families favorites it is also one of the most popular flavors at any corn roast I’ve ever hosted.
- 2 sticks butter
- 1/4 c. honey
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1.) Leave butter out on counter to soften.
2.) Place softened butter into medium bowl.
3.) Add 1/4 cup honey and to butter bowl.
4.) Add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to butter bowl.
5.) Add a dash of salt to butter bowl.
6.) Add 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract to bowl.
6.) Mix all ingredients together using a mixer, until fluffy.
7.) Dust with cinnamon and refrigerate covered until use.
Additional Ideas for Butter Flavors:
Tequila Lime Butter – 1/2 Cup softened butter, 1-1/2 tablespoons tequila, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoons of grated lime peel
Cayenne Pepper – 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 2 teaspoons lemon juice.
Garlic Chive – 1/2 cup butter, 4 tablespoons chopped chives 1/2 teaspoon garlic
Sriracha Beer – 1/2 cup butter, 3 tablespoons beer, 1/2 teaspoon garlic, 1 teaspoon sriracha