Friday, July 13, 2012

Mmmmm...Elotes (Mexican corn on the cob) and Brazilian Limeade

I got to enjoy a couple of my favorite summer treats at our local farmers' market last Saturday, elote (Mexican corn on the cob covered with cheese and yummy seasonings) and Brazilian limeade. I make these things here at my house from time to time, but it didn't hurt to have someone else do all the work for me! I thought I would share my recipes for these two delicious indulgences.



Note: This is my most delicious and involved method of making corn on the cob. If you don't have the time, equipment, or good weather needed to grill the corn, just shuck it and microwave it or boil it on the stove, then proceed with the toppings. The same flavorings can be used on cooked canned, frozen or fresh corn kernels off the cob. I often sautee the corn in a hot pan with a little oil to char it slightly, then mix it in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. That version is called esquites.

ELOTES (Mexican Corn on the Cob)
Serves 6
Preparation time: 1 hour 10 minutes

6 cobs of corn, husks on
4 tbsp. butter
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 lime, juiced
1/2 cup cotija or queso fresco, crumbled (may use grated parmesan)
chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper to taste, or Tajin Clasico Seasoning (*see note below)

Grill method: Pre-heat grill to medium-high. Soak the cobs of corn, husks on, for 30 minutes. Grill cobs, husks on, for about 20 minutes, covered, turning halfway through. The husks will be charred. Remove cobs from grill and carefully shuck, using gloves, or set the corn aside until it is cool enough to shuck. Husks may be removed, or may remain to be used as a "handle". Other cooking method: If you don't have the time, equipment, or weather to grill, just shuck the corn and cook it corn in a pot of boiling water on the stove.

While corn is cooking, mix the mayonnaise and the lime juice in a small bowl. In another bowl, mix the remaining seasonings (or leave unmixed and allow diners to season their own corn). Roll shucked corn cobs in butter, and return to grill. Cook until golden brown, turning frequently. Remove corn from grill and spread with mayonnaise mixture, then roll in cheese. Sprinkle with dry seasonings to taste.

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My brother-in-law spent two years in Brazil, and brought back this recipe for limeade. We often request it for family gatherings.

Brazilian Limeade
Serves 8
Preparation time: 10 minutes

8 cups cold water
2 Tbsp. powdered milk
Juice of 6 to 8 limes
Sugar to taste (about 1 1/2 cups)
Ice cubes

Mix powdered milk with water in large pitcher. Add lime juice and sugar to taste, stir well to combine. Chill and/or serve over ice.

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Have you tried this Mexican seasoning, called Tajin? It's a mix of salt, chilies, and dehydrated lime, and it's so good on any number of things, including elote. It's often used as a fruit seasoning on mangoes, pineapple, etc., adding a savory new dimension to sweet fruits. If you see Tajin in your store, grab a bottle and try it out! You can also get in from Amazon here.



I hope you enjoy these recipes. What tastes like summer to you?

19 comments:

  1. I love Elotes. I grew up waiting for the elote man to pass by our street everyday. yea, we had an elote man instead of an ice cream man. Thanks for this post I think I will go make some. OH and tajin is awesome!

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    1. Oh, wow! You had an elote man!!! That sounds so wonderful!!! Not sure I would want to give up the ice cream man, but I would sure take BOTH.

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  2. I remember you describing this tasty dish as one of the best things you ever ate...so when the opportunity arose for us to try it in New York this past week, we jumped! Mmmmm, it was REALLY good! "I bet we could make this at home," Logan said. And what did I find when I checked your site the very next day? The recipe! Clearly someone is sending me a message. :)

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    1. Yes, the message is totally, totally, "Eat corn and mayo...Eeeeeeeeat coooooooorn and mayoooooooo!!!!" So there was an elote food truck in New York? I need to hear about this trip. Will you be returning to ye olde blogge to post about it?

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