Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer outdoor cooking: Grilling corn and making iced tea

I found a great video this morning on how to grill corn so that it is cooked to perfection. I love fresh corn and it is so good when it's cooked on an open grill. With a salad and a serving of grilled Teriaki chicken, you have  an easy, healthy summer meal. Eaten outside on the deck or patio, it's even better.

Delicious grilled corn with a wonderful flavored butter 

*Note: Don't forget to make a big frosty pitcher of iced tea, the perfect drink to compliment your dinner.

Iced Tea
6 tea bags
1 quart boiling water
Place tea bags in a heatproof pitcher or glass measure. Add boiling water. Let steep 3 to 5 minutes; remove tea bags. Use immediately, or cool at room temperature about 2 hours. (After cooling, store in refrigerator. Don't chill quickly or tea will cloud.) Serve over ice. Sweeten as desired. Makes 5 servings.

Serve the pitcher of tea with a simple syrup (2 cups of sugar dissolved in 1 cup of water), so everyone can adjust sweetness to personal preference. If desired, add a hint of flavor by adding fresh mint leaves.

Sweet tea
2 quarts water
4 tea bags
1 cup sugar
lemon slices (optional)
Bring 2 quarts of cold water to a boil. Pour boiling water over 4 tea bags in a glass pitcher (the ratio of tea bags to quarts of water is 2:1). Steep for about 5 minutes. Remove bags, and let the tea cool to room temperature. Add 1 cup of sugar to the pitcher and stir until dissolved. If desired, add 4 slices of lemon. Refrigerate Add enough ice cubes to bring level back up to 2 quarts.

Citrus Iced Tea
1/2 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar, or to taste
3 1/2 cups strong brewed tea

Stir together lemon juice and sugar in a pitcher until the sugar dissolves. Stir in tea; chill.

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  1. What do you usually cook, the yellow or white corn? I also love grilled corn especially the white one with margarine or dairy cream on top. Actually it is one of our family favorite outdoor snacks. It is easy to prepare, nutritious, and heavy. Anyway, have you tried boiled corn kernels mixed with grated coconut and a little bit of sugar? You try it. It is also good.

  2. I usually cook with yellow corn.Haven't tried the corn and coconut combination...sounds interesting.