An ultimate summer side dish! Corn cobs are grilled for a nice charred flavor then slathered with a creamy mayo mixture, rolled in cotija cheese and dusted with chili powder and cayenne for a little kick. No one can resist!
Ready in: 20minutes
6earsyellow corn, shucked (that pictured here is a double batch of this recipe)
1/2cupmayonnaise(preferably 1/4 cup regular and 1/4 cup light)
2Tbspfinely chopped cilantro, plus more for garnish
1small clove garlic minced
1fair pinch cayenne pepper, plus more for topping, to taste
1cupfinely crumbled Cotija cheese
1/2tspancho chili powder, then more to taste
Lime wedges, for serving (optional)
Preheat a grill to medium-high heat (to about 450 degrees F).
Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk stir together mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, cayenne pepper. Set aside. Place cotija cheese in a shallow dish long enough to fit corn.
Once grill is preheated, place corn on grill, leaving space between them. Let grill until charred on all sides, turning every few minutes, about 8 - 9 minutes total.
Working with one cob of corn at a time, using a spatula brush all sides with the mayonnaise mixture then lightly roll in cheese to coat with a thin layer (it should look somewhat sparse, don't overdue it or the cheese will be overwhelming and you won't have enough to coat all of them). Transfer to a serving platter or baking sheet and repeat with remaining corn.
Sprinkle corn with chili powder, then a little cayenne pepper if desired, then turn to opposite side and sprinkle with more chili powder.
Sprinkle lightly with more cilantro and serve with lime wedges if desired.
Sprinkle over the cotija if you want a lighter coating (rather than rolling).
Add chili powder to taste. Some people like a lot, while others like just a few dashes.