It’s an atom! 10 delicious recipes to celebrate the song of summer | food

BLaziness at last, the song of summer has finally reached us. Titled She’s Corn, the song is a heart-wrenching, heart-wrenching ode to sweet corn as performed by a kid known as Corn Boy, and it’s truly inescapable on TikTok. The lyrics are not only straightforward (“It’s corn!” it is. “Big lump with handles, has juice! I can’t imagine anything more beautiful”) but also make the listener want to go out right away and eat as much corn as possible. And for that reason and for that reason alone, here are the 10 best corn recipes on the internet.

Sweet corn pancakes

The perfect sweet corn pancakes from Felicity Klok.
The perfect sweet corn pancakes from Felicity Klok. Photo: Robert Billington/The Guardian. Food Styling: Loïc Parisot

Let’s start with the perfect sweet corn muffins from Felicity Cloake earlier this month. The recipe is worth revisiting for two reasons. The first is that Cloake stresses how important it is to eat corn as fresh as possible, because the sugars begin to turn into starch as soon as it’s plucked. Secondly, the pancakes are amazing – crisp, sweet and shiny.

Creamed corn

The perfect custard custard with cream.
The perfect custard custard with cream. Photo: Dan Matthews/The Guardian. Food Styling: Loic Parisot

In fact, let’s double up on Cloake’s recipes, because last year she also made the perfect creamy corn. An overlooked dish in the UK, in part because nibbling on the cob is a foolproof way to deliver sweet corn, baked corn is so convenient and easy to prepare. Fry a bunch of corn with a little onion, pour in the milk and cream, stir together and you’re done. beautiful.

Grilled corn in the husk with creamy pecorino sauce

Speaking of biting off a cob, you don’t exactly suffer from the differences. My mom’s method – basically boiling it into oblivion – is totally fine. But for more elegance, Yotam Ottolenghi corn roasted in its shell with creamy pecorino sauce is hard to beat. The husk acts as a steamer, locking in the corn’s sap, but the seasoning is what really elevates the dish. Spicy (thanks to lemon juice) and salty (thanks to cheese and anchovies), it’s probably the best accompaniment to corn.

sweet corn pudding

Now we’ve covered the basics, let’s quickly move to the left. Andi Oliver’s Sweet Corn Pudding is the kind of dish that, unless you’re from the American South, might not make sense on paper at all. It’s a semi-sweet, egg-based, creamy sweet corn casserole traditionally served with chicken. You may need a little bit of momentum behind you to try this out, but I promise you it’s worth it.

corn cheese

Korean corn cheese.
Korean corn cheese. Photo: DronG / Getty Images / iStockphoto

If you’re feeling particularly upbeat about heart health, let me introduce you to the Korean Corn Cheese Side Dish. It’s exactly what it sounds like: a load of sweet corn suspended in mounds of melted cheese. There’s an optional boom—you can mix the corn with diced peppers, or saute it in mayonnaise, as you do here in my Korean Kitchen recipe—but you’re really here for the cheese.

corn chat

Corn chat.
Corn chat. Photo: Aliko/Getty Images/iStockphoto

In the meantime, if you’re not interested in bogging your head toward the nightmare of clogged arteries, here are vegan recipes from India for corn chaat. It takes a blunt and careful attitude when preparing the corn (you can boil it, fry it and beat it in the pressure cooker) and ingredients (serve it with diced tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes, chickpeas or kiwis), but the end result is always a great clean taste.

Makai Baka

Macai baka is an East African coconut and curry that takes almost no time to make. According to Tasty’s recipe, simply boil the corn, melt some butter, add chili, spices and coconut milk, then toss it together. It’s an almost perfect weekday dinner.

Meal bread

We can compile a separate menu made entirely of different cornbread recipes. Here, though, we’ll simply stick to the African Bites Meal Bread recipe. Made from a mixture of cornmeal and mashed corn, it is a moist, dense South African bread that is traditionally steamed in cocoa cans and sold as a street food. This recipe is a little different, requiring you to bake it, but it’s delicious nonetheless.

Atoll de Elite

As Corn Boy rightly points out, corn has the juice in it. To honor that court note, here’s a Growing Up Bilingual recipe for atol de elote. It is a Guatemalan corn drink, often sold on the street at Christmas. As with the pudding above, this has a flavor that may seem unusual – it’s cooked in thick milk with sugar and cinnamon – but it’s delicious.

corn broth

Eat the corn, but keep the piece to store.
Eat the corn, but keep the piece to store. Photo: Tom Werner/Getty Images

By this point, you’ve listened to It’s Corn a few thousand times, tried all of these recipes, and now find yourself surrounded by several hundred spent corn cobs. Fear not, because always resourceful Tom Hunt is here to save the day with his corn stock. A handful of old cobs, some vegetable trimmings and maybe some chicken bones, poached in a skillet for an hour—by the end of that, you’ll have enough tasty broth to keep the corn party going until fall. I can’t imagine anything more beautiful.