When you have been married to someone for 15 years, you think you know that person fairly well.
That is a bad assumption. There is something new to learn at any given moment. Like say when you are on a little vacation and he orders something that seems so unlikely for him to order and he LOVES it.
By now you are guessing that my Irish plain-eating husband tried and loved Mexican street corn! We ordered it in a fun little Mexican place in Florida and sure enough he loved it. He asked me if I could make this at home and of course I was all like…”does a duck like to swim?” OF COURSE I can make this!
So one night after our return from Florida I whipped up a batch.
I thought they turned out pretty well and he thought so too. But there are a few things I would fine tune for the next batch.
- Use fresh not frozen ( Don’t judge – it’s spring in New England – there’s no fresh local corn for like another 2 months!)
- Chop the Cojita cheese MUCH smaller as I realized it will coat better and more evenly.
- Season the Mexican crema a little less aggressively and so the ancho chili powder that I forgot to sprinkle on top can stand out better.
As for a recipe…
It’s pretty simple and there are a thousand versions out there but here is mine.
Mexican crema – you can you usually find this in the Mexican foods section of the grocery store but if you can’t find it, just use mayonnaise thinned with a little water.
Cojita Cheese – this is like a Mexican version of feta. Salty and crumbly. If you are worried about salt levels try the Queso Fresca instead – it’s still crumbly but less salty.
Ancho Chili powder – worth the investment if you don’t have this on hand. But you could probably use a little regular chili powder instead.
Fresh limes – cut for squeezing over corn.
Fresh Cilantro – final chopped is best here.
Fresh corn cobs, par-cooked – (steam them or boil them or roast or microwave or whatever first so they are just past being raw. Don’t over cook)
Mix up some crema with salt, pepper and pinch of the ancho chili powder. Grill the corn, roll it/brush it with the crema. Now sprinkle the cheese on it. Sprinkle it with some ancho chili powder and finish it with cilantro and a squirt of lime juice.