I have so many memories of eating fresh corn from my uncles garden in the summer. We would sit and help my aunt clean the corn , then she would boil it up as a side with my uncles famous BBQ chicken. Fresh boiled corn is so sweet and crisp and I thought it was pure heaven until I discovered the milk and honey bath. Boiling corn in a milk and honey bath adds a certain richness that brings fresh corn up to a whole new level of greatness. Add a fresh jalapeno and it is a sweet and spicy heaven! Boiled corn with Jalapenos and Honey is now the only way my family wants corn . It is the perfect summer side when the corn is fresh and sweet and goes perfectly with Baked Beans .
I made this corn many many times last summer and I found two jalapenos added just the right amount of spice without being overpowering. The spice is very slight but if you are sensitive leave them out . Also , if you are adventurous the broth is fabulous, save it and make a soup out of it. It is a wonder base for a corn chowder.
A few FAQs about Boiled Corn with Honey and Jalapenos
Do you have to use fresh corn?
Frozen corn can be substituted for fresh corn. With that being said if fresh corn is in season it is a wonderful treat.
Do I have to use honey?
I recommend honey , it really adds a nice sweetness which is perfect for that sweet and spicy flavor. If you are in a pinch a 1/4 cup of sugar will work as well.
Do I have to use half and half?
I have tested this recipe many ways and I have used heavy cream , canned milk , and whole milk. All of them work well , so you can use whatever milk product you have on hand . It is mixed with so much water I never could tell much of a difference. You you used skim milk I would recommend doubling the amount since it is already watered down.
Do I have to use real butter?
I ALWAYS use real butter and that is what I like . If you like margarine by all means use it BUT nothing beats the flavor of real butter and corn.
Can I skip the jalapenos ?
If you are sensitive to spice skip the jalapenos . Boiling the corn in a milk bath is still delicious even without the jalapenos.
What you will need to make Boiled Corn with Jalapenos and Honey:
- Large Stock Pot- I love my Enameled Cast Iron Stock pot and use it all the time
- Metal tongs– These come in handy getting the hot corn out of the pot
- Fresh Corn
- Half and Half
- Fresh Jalapenos
- Corn Holders-Not a necessity but fun and keeps your hands clean
- Corn serving set– this is just something fun . Growing up with had these and I remember twirling the corn around on the serving dishes to get butter on all the sides
Let’s Make Corn!
Gather all of you ingredients and shuck your corn.
Add the corn to a large dutch oven type pot and cover the corn with water. Turn the burner to high and once the water gets warm add the salt and honey.
Then add the half and half.
Add the sliced jalapenos .
Bring the milk bath up the a boil and then turn the temp to medium heat to a hard simmer for 8-10 minutes.
Turn the burner off and drop a stick of butter in and place the lid on top. Allow the corn to steep for about 15 minutes
Serve straight from the pot and serve with a little butter and salt and pepper if desired.
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