Saturday, July 3, 2010

lots of elote

Mmmm. Summer means fresh sweet karnnnn!
grilling corn
My cousin had promo coupons to get a dozen ears of corn (and a cantaloupe!) for free at the Chesterfield Berry Farm's market off 360 West.There's nothing like produce straight from the source. Grilled. With butter. And chili powder. And lime juice... Do you see where I'm going here?
grilled corn

Enter: "Mexican" corn, or elote (our take, anyway). Sure, you can enjoy the pure, unadorned flavor and sweetness of corn. But why not indulge once in a while?
elote
Boil and/or grill the corn, slather on some butter and mayo (I go lightly on both, but feel free to use your own judgment), dust with seasoning (we did a mix of chili, cayenne, and garlic powder), salt, and top with cotija cheese. We couldn't find cotija, so we used queso fresco. Squeeze on some lime, and you're on the flavor train to euphoria. I had cilantro on hand and added it for color, but it's totes unnecessary.
elote

Everything works together in a big way. The corn is crunchy, creamy, tangy, spicy, smoky, and slightly salty. MMmmm I'll be having this again for the 4th of July. You better believe it.

Also picked up some CBF-grown green beans for 1.99/lb (I think the scale at the cash register makes your total even cheaper). Check out the little market down Hull St. towards Amelia, less than a mile past Skinquarter Rd on your right.

Cheers.

13 comments:

  1. ELOTE. ELOPE. 'LOPE. CANTALOUPE.
    muhehe I am queen of this game.

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  2. eunicorn- you really are queen of that game. HAHAH so good. p.s. i was about to say i can't believe we haven't talked today, but we did. and you even saw my crazy bed hair HAHAHAHA =( we need to oovoo/skype/whatever soon with didi and steff!!

    steff- IT'S OK, your relatives be making reservations on you so they can feed you delicious things all the time. we can eat corn together when you get back :) miss you

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  3. kraft parmesan is also an easy alternative if you just want to whip it together with staple ingredients. :P

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  4. oooh thanks for the tip, soos :D i never thought of using that. i'd usually sub real parm for cotija but my cousin wanted to try the queso. it was really good too!

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  5. oh yummm... grilled corn is the best!!!

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  6. in my hometown in mexico, they add saltwater as the elotes are being grilled. idk why? but it taste really good

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  7. eunice- i knowww! so good. for the health-conscious like you or those who don't wanna indulge, grilled corn with chili pepper and a squeeze of lime = perfectionnnn.

    don pepe- i guess saltwater would make the salt stick rather than trying to sprinkle dry salt on. how'd you get to my blog?! thanks for visiting!

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  8. hey! rvafoodie on twitter has this link! elotes make me homesick! im from th state of jalisco, all town squares have them

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  9. ah yum yum. looks really delish:) i'm glad you had an awesome fourth of july!

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  10. VBS= ??? vietnamese bastard stare???!

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