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Corn: Raw, grilled, roasted, steamed - which do I want?


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Corn: Raw, grilled, roasted, steamed - which do I want?

AdinaA | Jun 24, 2014 02:33 PM

Let me start by affirming that I like corn every way I can get it.

But, I'm planning a menu that I think will include a salad involving corn, mango, sweet red peppers, avocado, cilantro and possibly black beans. And I began to think. I might use it raw (provided I can find sweet, really fresh ears). or do I want to roast it?

What does grilling so that you get browning achieve with corn? Does it caramelize the sugars in a way that steaming does not? Is browning corn on a stovetop grill any better than simply steaming it?

Or is grilling/browning only great because over a fire you get that smoky magic?

I don't have a grill in my high-rise apartment building. So that's not an option for this particular dish.

But it got me thinking about corn. What if anything do we achieve when we brown on a stovetop grill it that we don't get by steaming?

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