I love summer food. I love Israeli salads, roasted summer veggies, lush squash & tomatoes fresh off the vine, grilled asparagus, and of course, corn. Elotes, or Mexican Street Corn, is a wonderful way to get lots of flavors & cheese in every bit of corn. This Mexican Street Corn is my take on that experience, without all the goopy mayo. Grilled mild peppers, hot peppers & corn get stirred into tomatoes, green onions, Cotija cheese, Israeli Couscous & a healthy mix of spices & herbs.
If you aren’t already eating Cotija this summer, this is a good recipe to try it out some seriously yummy, crumbly cheese.
Butter (if you want to spread it on the corn after grilling & you know I want that)
1/4 Cup fresh Cilantro
1/4 Cup fresh Basil
3 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
1 Teaspoon Chili Powder
1/4 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1 Lime, juiced
As much Cotija cheese as you have (or about 6 oz)
1 Cup Israeli (Pearl) Couscous
Grill ears of Corn, Jalapeños, Red Peppers & Hatch Green Chilis if you have them until they are a bit charred. Set to rest. Feel free to smear Olive Oil & or Butter on them to cook & as they cool, especially Butter on the Corn.
Note: Note: I have an indoor propane stove that I put a cast iron grill on top of. Other people use their grills.
Cook Israeli Couscous (1.5 cups of water to 1 cup Israeli Couscous, cover when boiling and cook for 8 minutes or so).
Slice Corn kernels off cobs, slice Pepper into small rectangles, chop Jalapeños, discarding the seeds. Same with Hatch if you have them.
Combine Lime juice, spices, & fresh herbs with a few tablespoons of Olive Oil (reserving some Cilantro & Basil to garnish) in bowl or jar. Shake or whisk. I whisk directly in my serving bowl.