Smoked Cajun tasso ham lends and incredible spicy, smoky note to corn that’s been grilled and scraped off the cob. If you can’t find tasso ham, substitute another smoked ham.
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Prepare a gas or charcoal grill fire for direct cooking over medium (450°F) heat. Grill the corn, turning occasionally, until tender and browned in spots, about 10 minutes. (The corn can be grilled 1 day ahead.)
Cut the corn kernels from the cobs. In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, melt 2 Tbs. of the tasso butter. Add the corn and toss until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a warm serving bowl, garnish with a dollop of the remaining butter, and serve immediately.
I substituted chorizo for the tasso for a more local flavor and it was a big hit. The sweet smokiness of the chorizo really emphasized the flavor of the corn.
I could not find tasso anywhere and didn't want to pay to have it shipped for such a small amount, so I used smoked ham instead. I thought the seasonings in this recipe overpowered and ruined the freshness and sweetness of summer corn. I would maybe consider this recipe to jazz up some frozen or canned corn when fresh corn is out of season, but will never again use it with in-season, fresh, corn on the cob.
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