Sometimes we think our week boils down to “What are we going to fry on Friday?” And, it is probably true! We ended up making Fried Corn on the Cob to go with our Beer Can Chicken. We needed something with a satisfying crunch. So, inspired by an appetizer we read off the menu at Dub’s Pub (we haven’t ordered theirs, so we don’t know how they compare), we made deep fried corn on the cob! We went in blind, and started with an herbed buttermilk soak, double dredged it and deep fried it until golden. What we weren’t expecting was how tender, crunchy, savory and sweet it would be at the same time. Each bite was a magic mix of savory buttermilk crust, think fried chicken, and some of the tenderest, yet crunchy, golden sweet corn we have ever tasted. It makes us want another bite just thinking about it! This is definitely a dish that will please the senses!
Corn is definitely in season right now. Pick some up at the Forsyth Farmer’s Market tomorrow and try this recipe at home! Next week we will be making recipes from our bountiful market haul as part of our Cook It Local! week.
Deep Fried Corn on the Cob
4 ears of corn (or however many you want), husked and cut in half
1 quart buttermilk
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped (can use basil or rosemary as well)
1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon bacon salt
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook corn in a large pot with water until crisp tender. Drain and let cool completely. Add corn to a zippered storage bag and add buttermilk, paprika, garlic, thyme, cayenne, salt and pepper. Let soak for at least an hour.
Heat oil to 375°F. Mix flour, bacon salt and a little salt and pepper on a large plate. Take corn and dredge in flour, then dip back in buttermilk mixture and then back in flour. Drop into fryer and fry until corn is golden brown, or about 5-6 minutes.
See our Beer Can Chicken post about what to drink and listen to! The corn paired perfectly with the chicken and potato salad.
If you haven’t been to Dub’s Pub, go! It is pretty fantastic with food that is exactly what pub food should be: tasty, well made and full of flavor. It is located down on River Street!
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