I can’t remember if I’ve made this confession or not, but I live in an apartment. Without any land. Or even a balcony. Basically, I live as indoors as possible. The plus side is zero upkeep (and no bugs!). But one of the many downsides is that I don’t have a grill. Summer dinners on the grill are the best – just throw on some meat and wrap the veggies in aluminum. Grilled dinners allowed my summertime to be as lazy as I wanted it to be. But no more.
So I’ve had to make do with my gas stove, which, if you’re going to suffer, is the way to do it. But I’ve avoided buying awesome late summer corn, because I didn’t think I could cook it properly. It should go to some nice family with a big yard and a grill, I think to myself. Then my mom filled me in on a little trick she’s been doing lately, and it seemed like it might just replicate that grilled taste. I tried it out, and it absolutely worked! It dried the corn out just enough, and gave it the char and crunch that I’d been hoping for. Here’s how you can do it, whether you’re grill-less like me, or just feel like staying inside (in which case I say to you – go outside! Enjoy your freedom and the weather while it lasts! But please, still enjoy my recipe).
Roasted Stovetop Corn
2 cups corn, off the cob (even frozen corn will work well and taste fresh)
1 teaspoon olive oil or cooking spray
Heat a skillet over medium to medium high heat with olive oil or a spritz of cooking spray. Once hot, add the corn. Stir frequently until corn begins to pop and brown a little. Cook to desired browning (I cook for about 10 minutes).
Add to your favorite recipe. Last night I added it to red onion and chicken tacos, and it was delicious!
What are your favorite summer grilling recipes? Please share, so I can live vicariously through you lucky people!