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Grilled corn with mango-habanero butter

This is Week #25 of my 2011 cooking challenge! Click here to view all recipes from this challenge. All recipes created for this challenge come from the Food and Wine Annual Cookbook 2010: An Entire Year of Recipes.

The weather in Minnesota is always unpredictable, but we have had an extra dose of unpredictability this year. One day it feels like we live in Florida, the next we are in Alaska and the next Seattle. If you like variety, we're your place! Yesterday was a Seattle day, but I refused to let that keep me from lighting up the grill.

This grilled corn turned out absolutely delicious despite the weather. And the mango-habanero butter I slathered all over it? Oh my dear goodness was it good.

Start out by making the butter.

In a small saucepan, combine:

1 mango, peeled and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup mango nectar (or mango juice)

1 tablespoon honey

1/2 habanero chile, seeded (I used 2 habaneros and it was spicy, but not over-the-top)

Bring to a simmer and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until the mango is very soft, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to a food processor and puree until smooth. Strain the mango puree into a small bowl and let cool, about 30 minutes.

Wipe out the food processor. Add the cooled mango puree along with:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, softened

2 tablespoons packed cilantro leaves, chopped

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Puree until smooth.

Scrape the mango butter into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until chilled, about 30 minutes.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Pull the husks from 8 ears of corn down to the base of the stalks, leaving the husks attached. Discard the corn silk.

Using butcher string, tie back the husks. Fill a large bowl with cold salted water and submerge the ears of corn for about 10 minutes.

Drain the corn but don't pat it dry. Grill the corn over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until tender and browned in spots, about 8 minutes. Transfer the corn to plates, spread with the mango-habanero butter and serve!

My husband and I each devoured 2 ears of mango-buttered corn within minutes of removing them from the grill.

We are thoroughly enjoying the butter, even today. It adorned our toast this morning, and I plan to put it on a sandwich in just a bit. Enjoy!

Click here for a printable recipe!

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Reader Comments (12)

I love love grilled corn!! I love it so much that I said if and when I get married I want a grilled corn man there. =) This butter sounds delish too. I love mango habanero flavor combo. YUM!

We've been having Seattle weather here for the last 10 days... I'm done!! Hopefully the sun will shine soon, but like you I am still grilling. This one has my husband's name all over it. Gorgeous photos!

06.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKim - Liv Life

Oh my god. I am 100% making this!! I love corn AND my fave hot sauces are always mango-habanero. So this sounds incredible!!

This just looks amazing! I love corn, and look forward to grilling it this summer. This butter just sounds perfect though!

my mouth is open, my eyes are popping out of my head and I want some grilled corn now!

06.23.2011 | Unregistered Commentermc @nu-trio

Smokey charred corn on tropical butteriness. Truly a way to celebrate summer nights on a bonfire by the beach. All I need to get there is to win a lotto. :)

06.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterPierre

We live just north of Seattle, and I must say we're having a Maui kinda day, after we spent yesterday hovering somewhere near Antartica. I love the idea of fruit in compound butter - haven't thought about it before...thanks for the inspiration! Theresa

06.24.2011 | Unregistered CommenterIsland Vittles

Drool... Excuse me... WOW! It's late at night and I'm dreaming about corn and mango-habanero butter. YUMMO!

06.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate @ Diethood

Good lord. Mango butter...that is incredible. I'm ABSOLUTELY bookmarking this. Wow. Buzzed!

06.25.2011 | Unregistered CommenterParsley Sage

Hmm . . . mango-habanero butter sound delicious on the corn. I love corn and mango however I have not put them together yet until today! Somethings to think about! Thank you for this!

07.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterBestOodles

I made the mango-habanero butter for our July 4th celebration, it was delicious! Thanks for sharing!

07.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

This was the perfect idea for those habaneros I planted and now have no idea what to do with! I'm a spice lover, so I think I will actually up the pepper count to 3 or 4 next time, since 2 didn't quite give the kick I was looking for. We put this on corn and potatos, and I'm thinking about going out to buy some bread so I have something to eat it on all weekend! Delicious!

07.19.2012 | Unregistered CommenterLacey

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