I have this thing about corn on the cob. It’s sweet and crunchy and tasty and summery, and us Midwesterners will get into an all out throw-down over whose state grows the best corn (Ohio, of course). You can steam it. You can boil it. You can grill it on a gas grill, smoke it in a smoker, or nestle the ears in their husks right down on burning embers. You can even it eat raw (fresh, raw corn from the cob is amazing).
But. It’s messy. It’s awkward to hold, and once you bite into it, you somehow feel compelled to finish the row you started, no matter what’s going on around you. At a picnic, balancing an ear of corn on your paper plate is asking a bit much. Corn kernels and bits get everywhere (especially in your teeth). You end up with more butter on your hands than in your tummy. Folks cut ears in half for clambakes, which is somewhat better (but then again, who has come away from a clambake not smeared with food – it’s part of the fun, yo!).
Grilled corn kebabs to save the day! Ears of corn sliced into disks the width of one bite, on sturdy skewers. And did I mention the part where you sandwich salty Greek, grillable cheese between the disks? Oh my salty grilled goodness.
Prep these babies ahead of time, and then grill them either as an appetizer with lots of ice cold watermelon on the side, or last thing while the burgers are resting (if you don’t have the grill space to do it all at once).
Happy 4th, Everyone!
- 2 cobs of corn, husks and silk removed
- 4 ounces Halloumi or Bread cheese or Kasseri cheese (or other grillable cheese)
- olive oil or Italian dressing
- 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
- Special equipment: 6 skewers
- Preheat the grill to medium-high and prepare for direct grilling.
- Slice each cob in disks that 4 or 5 rows of kernels thick. You should get 6 to 7 disks from each ear. Bring a medium pot of water to boil. Drop the corn into the water and cook for one minute. Remove from water. (Boiling softens the core for the skewer.) If you're using flat skewers, use a paring knife to pre-cut a slit through the center of the each disk's core.
- Slice the cheese into squares about the size of the corn disks. If using a hard cheese like Halloumi, take care to avoid cracking or breaking the cheese.
- Thread one disk of corn onto the skewer, followed by one slice of cheese, and then another corn disk. Sandwich the corn against the cheese to hold it in place. Repeat with the remaining five skewers.
- Brush each corn kebab with olive oil or Italian dressing.
- Lay a large rectangle of foil along the edge of the grill and place the kebabs so that the corn is over the heat but the skewers are on the foil (this will keep them from singeing).
- Turn the corn to lightly char all sides. Serve immediately.
- The kebabs can be assembled ahead of time and held in the fridge until ready to grill.