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Grilled Corn With Cheese, Lime and Chile (Elote)

Grilled Corn With Cheese, Lime and Chile (Elote)

Whole ears of corn are a classic street food in Mexico, where they are either grilled or boiled, then often dressed with some combination of lime, chile, mayonnaise and grated cheese. This grilled version calls for all of the above, which get mixed together into a creamy, bracing topping, and slathered all over the hot, sweet ears. It’s not strictly traditional, but it does make it easier to assemble the corn and its dressing before serving. Or place the various topping in small bowls and let guests have the fun of garnishing their own. And if you don’t have a grill, the broiler works too though watch the ears carefully so they don’t burn.

Ingredients

  • 6ears fresh corn, shucked
  • 3tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2limes
  • ¼teaspoon ancho chile powder, more as needed
  • Fine sea salt, as needed
  • Black pepper, as needed
  • ½cup crumbed cotija cheese (or substitute feta or ricotta salata)
  • ¼cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

  1. Light or heat your grill to medium-high. Grill corn, turning occasionally, until cooked through and lightly charred, 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, mix together mayonnaise, zest of 1 lime, chile powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Slather hot corn with mayonnaise mixture and sprinkle with cheese and cilantro. Cut limes into wedges and serve alongside corn.

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