Mexican Street Corn is a side dish packed with flavor and spices. Topped with crema sauce, the taste is amazing.
Every year, my wife’s family gets together in Maryland for a weekend of eating blue crabs. It’s a family reunion of sorts since Maryland is a pretty central location for everyone. Think of it as Christmas in July… with blue crabs.
And corn. Sweet corn picked from the fields the very day you purchase it. The kind of sweet corn that you just want to eat straight from the field… it’s seriously that good!
This year, I decided to grab a bunch of these ears of corn on the way out of town. Why I didn’t think about that in previous years, I just don’t know… but I was pretty happy with my bag of Maryland corn that we brought back this year!
I knew I wanted to make something special with a few of those delicious ears of corn, but what? I’ve had a recipe for Mexican street corn stashed away in my files for quite a while now, and I figured this would be a great chance to pull that recipe out. And whoa, am I glad I did!
Mexican street corn is really a simple dish, but it’s packed with awesome flavors. We actually enjoyed this corn so much that we made it again the very next night. Simply put, I’ll never see corn the same way again!
At first glance, you might be a bit surprised at the ingredients in Mexican street corn. The list includes crema (a Mexican version of sour cream), mayo (yes, mayo), and crumbled cotija cheese. I had a hard time finding crema and cotija cheese up here in upstate New York. (Imagine that!) However, I refused to give up. I used Alton Brown’s recipe to make homemade crema, and I used feta cheese as a replacement for the cotija.
I’ve never had cotija cheese, so I didn’t know exactly what flavor I was going for, but I’ll admit that I was a bit skeptical about using feta as a replacement. I just didn’t think the flavor of feta would go with Mexican food. Well, I was wrong! The feta worked amazingly well, and this corn magically disappeared off of our table.
It might be a bit messy to eat, but this Mexican street corn is delicious, and I promise you that you’ll go back looking for seconds!
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