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The Very Best Grilled Corn Ever–Grazie Mario & Jimmy

I am a huge Jimmy Fallon fan! I was watching his show recently and Mario Batali and his sons were grilling corn…dipping it in balsamic vinegar, and then rolling it in Parmesan cheese! I wanted that corn in the worst way, but it was 1 in the morning and…well…I knew that wasn’t going to happen.

I couldn’t stop thinking about the corn and I couldn’t find the clip from the show so based on memory I attempted to make it last night. THEN of course, this morning I found a link to the show. If you want the full demonstration click on the link but keep reading for the quick version. 

And as Jimmy would say, Thank You, Parmesan Cheese, for making grilled summer corn taste so good.

  • fresh corn on the cob
  • some good olive oil
  • balsamic vinegar
  • freshly grated Parmesan cheese (I cheated and bought mine grated from Trader Joe’s. It was perfect.)
  • Red pepper flakes
Wait ’til you see how easy this is!

Husk the corn and rub all over with a light coating of olive oil.

Place on hot grill and cook until you have nice char marks–about 5-10 minutes depending on how hot your grill is.

Put balsamic vinegar in a shallow dish large enough to roll the corn around in and cover the corn with the vinegar.

Next, fill another large shallow dish with Parmesan and roll the corn in the cheese.

Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.

I can’t wait for you to try this. The sweetness of the balsamic and the saltiness of the Parmesan is just heaven.

And…if you have any leftover…try this: Add leftover corn, balsamic and Parmesan to a bowl of baby spinach, top with a little olive oil and toasted almond slices, toss and serve. It’s my new favorite salad.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!

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