I’m currently in that mode where I’m thinking of new and elaborate recipes. I have this piña colada cake that is currently in the works and I’m guessing it’s gonna take two or three more iterations to get right. In the meantime, I have some super easy, breezy recipes that I’m excited to share, including this one right here!
This bourbon chipotle butter comes from The Year of Cozy (and yes, I still use that book! YAY!). I purchased this grill a few weeks back and it’s perfect for us because it’s teeny tiny and gas, which makes grilling on a whim a total possibility. I like the ease of it—though I do love the flavor of charcoal.
This is super simple because the butter can be made up to a week in advance and then grill some corn, put some room temperature chipotle bourbon butter on top, add a sprinkling of cotija cheese, some cilantro and DONE.
It’s so delicious and a nice slant on grilled corn. The chipotle butter is a little sweet and spicy. It works really well with the corn and salty cheese.
Chipotle Bourbon Butter
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- Kosher salt
- 2 chipotles in adobo
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 garlic clove
- 5-6 corn, husks pulled back
- Neutral oil (for grill)
- 1 ounce cotija cheese, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
To Make the Chipotle Bourbon Butter:
- To a small saucepan, set over medium heat, add the bourbon, brown sugar and pinch of salt. Bring to a gentle simmer and cook until reduced by half. Transfer to a food processor and allow to come to room temperature, about 10 minutes.
- When the bourbon mixture is cool, add the chipotles in adobo, butter and garlic clove. Pulse until combined, about 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides and make sure it's all combined. Place the butter to the center and roll it into a log, twisting the sides. Transfer to the fridge and keep up to 1 week. Or you can leave it out if using immediately. (I find it best to add room temperature butter to the corn.)
To Make the Grilled Corn:
- Preheat your grill for 10 minutes with the lid closed. When the grill is ready, brush the corn with oil on all sides. I peeled back the husks and tied them together using a strip of husk.
- Place the corn onto the grill and cover to cook for about 3 to 4 minutes. Check on the corn's doneness and if it needs more time, let it be. OR you can flip it to its opposite side. Cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. When the corn is toasted and lightly browned on all sides, remove the corn.
- Plate the corn and top it with a few dollops of butter. Brush it on so it's a nice even layer and then sprinkle on some cotija. Finish with the cilantro. Repeat with the remaining corn.