Grilled corn with smokey peach butter

August  9, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Serves 6
Author Notes

Minnesota has a great State Fair (don't miss it, don't even delay...). However, when I was growing up, my family did not really appreciate it. We were not farm people. And my mother's European sensibilities made her look at the fair with a raised eyebrow. But, then some of our dear friends took us with them for the real fair experience. These friends grew up on farms in Southern Minnesota. They were 4-H kids. The fair was their only vacation during the year. They knew how to do the fair right. They showed us how to drop by the Culligan Man, the Knife Man, "Piggy Mamma," the butterheads, the giant slide, the Charmin' bathroom... and most importantly, how to eat our way from one stand to the next. If it's remotely edible, you can find it on a stick at the fair.
But, the very, very best food is the grilled corn. Freshly picked corn, grilled, then dunked in a vat of melted butter and handed to you along with a can-sized shaker of salt for you to use at your discretion. That's my best fair food. But, it's not much of a recipe, is it? So, I decided to gussy it up, just a bit.
Somewhere, at some point, I read the words, "corn with smokey peach butter," and they have stuck in my head. I decided that is what I would make. Grilled corn with smokey peach butter. I tried making the peach butter with pureed, grilled peaches first, but the texture and flavor wasn't what I was looking for. Plus, the hot peaches melted the butter too much, and I didn't want to have to wait for it to cool back off before spreading it on my corn. (Though, brushing it all over the hot corn would be good.) I got results I liked more by using good quality peach preserves and smoked sea salt. The corn with the peach is so summery. It has that sweet, salty quality that people find addictive in kettle corn, but it's oh so much better than kettle corn. Oh, and the smokey peach butter is also phenomenal on biscuits. And if you don't have smoked sea salt, it's really good with plain sea salt too (it's just not smokey). - fiveandspice —fiveandspice

Test Kitchen Notes

I made this for my family with homemade peach preserves. The butter is subtle, more of a background flavor to enhance the natural sweetness of the corn and the smokiness from the grill. Once I convinced my semi-picky preschooler to try it, he gave it a thumbs up. A nice way to push the boundaries just a little. The smokey peach butter would be amazing on corn bread, too. - arielleclementine —arielleclementine

What You'll Need
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 2 tablespoons (generous) really good quality peach preserves (you know, blue ribbon quality)
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 6 ears of corn, shucked
  • vegetable oil
  1. In a small bowl, stir together the butter, peach preserves, and smoked salt. Taste and add more salt to taste. Store in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it, but take it out a bit early to soften.
  2. Fire up the grill. Rub each ear of corn with a little bit of oil. Then, grill over high heat, turning occasionally, until lightly charred on the outside and the kernels are just tender, about 12 minutes.
  3. Serve slathered with smokey peach-butter and sprinkle with additional smoked sea salt, if desired. And, if you really want to make sure the butter gets mixed in well, cut the grilled corn kernels from the cob and mix them with the butter in the bowl.
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12 Reviews

arielleclementine August 11, 2011
Sounds amazing!!
fiveandspice August 11, 2011
Thanks arielleclementine! They're pretty tasty.
wssmom August 10, 2011
I am so glad that phrase stuck in your head because this truly sounds like pure summertime!
fiveandspice August 10, 2011
I'm very happy it stuck too! It was like a food version of an "earworm."
Sagegreen August 9, 2011
What a great flavor!
fiveandspice August 10, 2011
Thanks sagegreen! It's a fun combination!
mrslarkin August 9, 2011
I'd be first on this line, too!
fiveandspice August 10, 2011
Thank you mrslarkin! I think good corn is wroth fighting your way to the front for. :)
lapadia August 9, 2011
Sounds delicious!
fiveandspice August 9, 2011
Thanks so much lapadia! I'm happy you think so.
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fiveandspice August 9, 2011
Haha! Thanks HLA. And I would chase then with your cream puffs, for sure!