Sweet corn on the cob is made even better with a dollop of pesto butter. Four ingredients for the perfect summer side dish...Pesto Butter Corn on the Cob.
I think it's safe to say that we've already eaten our weight in corn this summer, and we're just getting started! We got a little over-eager on the first batches of corn, buying cobs that weren't quite at their peak. But now every single corn cob that crosses our plates is perfection, little pops of sweetness each time we bite into the tender kernels.
Between the corn, zucchini, watermelon and tomatoes, I am experiencing summer produce bliss. It seems so much easier to eat healthy meals and snacks when surrounded by fresh produce. On the hottest days, I don't even crave heavy or junky foods. All I want is fruits and veggies!
This pesto butter corn on the cob recipe is a riff off of the curry butter corn I made last summer. Flavored butter or a quick rub of your favorite spices are easy ways to season corn if you want to veer away from the usually butter and salt routine.
Staring with room temperature butter, use the back of a fork to smash the pesto into the butter. I always use unsalted butter because I prefer to be able to control the addition of salt. This recipe makes enough pesto butter to coat each cob with one teaspoon of the butter, which is the perfect amount for me. If you like to slather your corn even more, feel free to make extra butter. It doubles or triples easily, and the butter stays good in the fridge for at least a week (depending on the freshness of your pesto).
Looking for other corn cob flavoring options beyond this pesto butter corn? Here are some of my favorites:
- curry butter
- fresh lime juice, chili powder and cumin
- oregano and feta butter
- smoked paprika and crushed rosemary
Pesto Butter Corn on the Cob
- Cook the corn as desired, either grilled, boiled or roasted.
- In a small bowl, combine the butter, pesto and salt. Smash with the back of a fork and stir until combined.
- Spread the butter on the warm corn. Sprinkle with basil, if desired. Serve.
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