Kernel of Truth: Grilled Corn is the Perfect Summer Side

Healthy and delicious! Healthy and delicious! There's nothing better than a perfectly cooked ear of corn slathered with salty butter at a summertime party. My family waits all year long for corn season and when it hits we have corn on the cob at least once a week. My favorite way to cook corn is to grill it. Grilling it in the husk steams the corn and creates a delicious bite that bursts with sweetness. Top that warm ear of corn with a salty bright herb butter such as cilantro lime and you have the ultimate easy summer cookout side dish!

4 ears of corn in their husks
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
Zest of 1 lime, grated
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

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1. In a large bowl or the sink, soak the corn in water for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat an electric grill to medium-high heat or a charcoal grill to a medium heat.

3. Create the butter my mixing to combine, butter, cilantro, lime zest, lime juice, and salt. Set aside until needed.

4. Place the corn still in their husks on the grill. Cover, leaving the vents open if using charcoal, and grill for 12 minutes turning occasionally for even cooking.

5. To serve, carefully remove the husks from the corn and spread a spoonful of butter on each ear of corn. Serve warm.

- By Meredith Steele

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