Italian Charcoal Grilled Corn
Italian Charcoal Grilled Corn combines fresh corn on the cob with a flavorful coating before being grilled. A naturally gluten free side dish!
My aunt and uncle recently gave Bob and I a small charcoal grill for a housewarming gift. We have used it several times and love the taste of charcoal-grilled food. My dad bought us a chimney starter, and it’s amazing! I highly recommend it to anyone who cooks with charcoal. It seriously makes the entire process go so much faster.
For Father’s Day, Bob and I made dinner for my Dad and Mom, and I knew I wanted to use the grill for a portion of the meal. Bob decided to make steak with a special sauce from my Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook, which is actually made on the stove top and in the oven.
Because I can always count on America’s Test Kitchen to come through with a great recipe, I turned to this cookbook for a side dish. Charcoal-grilled corn stood out as something unique, and the Mexican-Style corn looked fantastic. Because we were going for more of an Italian theme (I served antipasti and Double Tomato Bruschetta – my Dad’s FAVORITE – as appetizers), I decided to give the corn an Italian twist by using basil instead of cilantro, Parmesan cheese instead of queso fresco, and lemon juice instead of lime. I also decided to grill the corn with the cheese/herb mixture on it, instead of tossing the grilled corn in the mixture.
This corn is simple to whip up and is really delicious. The charcoal gave the corn a nice flavor, as did the coating. The corn is perfectly seasoned with this recipe – no need for extra salt or butter!
Gluten Free Italian Charcoal Grilled Corn
This corn is naturally gluten free!
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Italian Charcoal Grilled Corn
- 4 teaspoons vegetable oil plus extra for the cooking grate
- 1 1/2 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons sour cream
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
- 4 teaspoon juice from 1 lemon
- 1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 1 teaspoon)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon table salt
- 6 large ears corn (husks and silk removed)
- Light a large chimney started filled with charcoal (about 6 quarts) and allow to burn until the coals are partially covered with a layer of ash, about 20 minutes.
- Build a modified two-level fire by arranging all the coals over half of the grill, leaving the other half empty. Set the cooking grate in place, cover, and heat the grate until hot, about 5 minutes. Use a grill brush to scrape the cooking grate clean. Dip a wad of paper towels in vegetable oil holding the wad with tongs, oil the cooking grate (we just used Pam for grilling and sprayed it on the grate while it was suspended in the air with tongs – away from the flames!)
- Meanwhile, combine the cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, basil, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, and salt in a large bowl. Add corn and toss to coat evenly.
- Grill the corn until lightly charred on all sides, 7 to 12 minutes total. Serve immediately.
5 thoughts on “Italian Charcoal Grilled Corn”
I love the grill + I love corn + this recipe= perfect!
This looks so good! We just got home from Alabama, and on the way home, I bought a ton of fresh corn. I can't wait to try this out tomorrow.
This corn looks so amazing!!!!
My mouth is watering – there is nothing like fresh corn in the summer and this grilled version looks SOO good!
in a word: heavenly!