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Author Notes: Our favourite picnic spot has an abundance of charcoal grills. We eat hot dogs and grilled corn on the cob while tossing bits of bun into the water to feed a swarm of local turtles.
Lately, I've started getting a bit fancier. Not with the hot dogs. God forbid I do anything but add mustard and onions to those grilled wonders. But to the corn...
I get these cobs all wrapped up in their prosciutto blankies before leaving the house. Then I pop them on the charcoal grill until the prosciutto is crispy and the kernels have darkened and softened.
Just keep the cobs away from the turtles. We've learned that they like corn nearly as much as they like bread! —Cook the Story
teaspoons lossely packed thyme leaves
teaspoon coarse black pepper
teaspoon olive oil
cobs of corn, skins and silk removed
- Prepare your bbq for indirect grilling. (If indirect isn't possible, you can use direct but it will take less time and you will need to watch more closely to make sure it doesn't burn.)
- On a cutting board, chop the garlic and thyme leaves very finely. Sprinkle with the sugar, salt and pepper. Use the side of your knife to mash it all together until it looks juicy. Transfer the mixture to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil.
- Lay the prosciutto slices on the cutting board. Spoon 1/4 of the garlicky thyme onto each slice. Using a toothpick, secure one end of a piece of prosciutto to one end of a cob of corn. Wind the prosciutto so it covers 1/2 of the cob. Stab in another toothpick. Use another slice of prosciutto to cover the other half of the cob, stabbing as necessary. Repeat with the remaining cob and 2 slices of prosciutto.
- Transfer the cobs to the grill and cook over indirect heat turning occasionally for 15-20 minutes until the prosciutto is very crispy. Remove from the heat. To eat: Messily crunch and crumble your way through the prosciutto to get at the garlicky kernels beneath.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Picnic Dish