Grilled Corn with Mango-Habanero Butter

Bobby Flay likes to cook corn on the cob with the husk tied back into a kind of handle. He soaks the bundle in cold water before it goes on the grill for two reasons: It steams the kernels a little, making them tender, and it prevents the husks from burning.

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  • 1 mango, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup mango nectar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 habanero chile, seeded
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons packed cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ears of corn

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the chopped mango with the mango nectar, honey and habanero chile. Bring to a simmer and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the mango is very soft, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the mango puree into a small bowl and let cool, about 30 minutes.

  2. Wipe out the food processor. Add the cooled mango puree along with the butter, cilantro leaves and salt and puree until smooth. Scrape the mango butter into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Pull the corn husks down to the base of the stalks, leaving the husks attached. Discard the corn silk. Using butcher string, tie back the husks. Fill a large bowl with cold, salted water and submerge the corn for 10 minutes.

  4. Drain the corn but don't pat dry. Grill the corn over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until tender and browned in spots, about 8 minutes. Transfer the corn to plates, spread with the mango-habanero butter and serve.

Make Ahead

The mango-habanero butter can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Contributed By Photo © John Kernick Published July 2009

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