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Roasted Corn: Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob #French Fridays with Dorie

Roasted Corn: Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob: Simple Living and Eating

My first mistake was inviting my new French boyfriend to the movie: The Natural. Do you remember this charming baseball movie? Well, Nicolas was sitting next to me in the theater with a glazed look on his face.

What's the matter? Don't you like the movie?

I don't know anything about baseball...it's an American game.

Oh, well have some popcorn.

Being a polite Parisian Nicolas gently refused my offer. Being an Italian-American I insisted he try some popcorn.

It's really good... not too salty just the right amount of butter.

I guess I pushed the limits of Nicola's politeness and he snapped at me, "I don't eat corn. Corn is for animals."

Don't eat corn how could this be? We feed corn to livestock too, but we enjoy it... especially on the cob in the summer.

When we first made corn cakes in this cooking group I was surprised that French people ate corn after my experience with Nicolas... maybe it's just Parisians? They, just like New Yorkers, are very different from the rest of their countrymen.

Well, I loved how simple this recipe was... just toss the corn, husks and all, in a 400 degree oven, turning it after 20 minutes for a total of 40 minutes. I wasn't expecting to be impressed... but my the corn was so succulent. Each bite just burst in my mouth... it really was perfectly cooked.

My family has asked me to forgo my microwave cooking of corn on the cob in favor of this technique and I will oblige... as for Nicolas (wherever he is now).. he just doesn't know what he is missing out on.

Note: As a member of French Friday's with Dorie I am not allowed to print the recipe. I invite you to take a look at this wonderful cookbook "Around My French Table" if you are interested in this or any other recipe I review. 

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  1. It wasn't until we made the corn cakes that I realized that the French don't "do" corn. Well, they didn't "do" Halloween either and now it's a big celebration for them every October 31st. I've always done corn-on-the-cob in boiling water with a tablespoon of sugar added. Being from Iowa, that's how it was always done. Right now my unshucked corn is in my 400 degree oven and I cannot wait for my result. I hope my corn is as delicious as yours. Glad you dropped the French boyfriend for greener pastures on this side of the Pond.

    1. I think you are going to be surprised at how good this corn turns out but your opinion will be counted twice as an Iowa girl. Yes, I am very happy I didn't stick with the French boy friend and married a good old Mayflower stock kinda of guy.

  2. OH I've always done corn in boiling water on the stove top. I tried grilling it once, but with little success. I'll have to toss some in the oven now!

    1. I expect you will be surprised at how tasty it comes out. Let me know.

    2. Nicolas is missing out on so much yumminess. So glad your family liked corn done this way,too :)

    3. LOL... can you image looking down on corn? So odd, but I guess any cultures ideas about food can be odd to an outsider. I really think it's just Parisians.

  3. I so agree, this corn was perfectly cooked. We also enjoyed it! I can’t believe there are people who don’t eat corn…one delicious vegetable…especially on the cob! Have a great weekend, Diane!

  4. Ha ha I'm not sure if all French thinks that corn is only for animals, but it sure was hard to find whole ears of corn in French supermarkets.. let alone still in the husks.
    Glad that you and your family really enjoyed this one. This time, it was just okay for me. Have a great weekend Diane.

    1. I'm sure it is probably a silly old Parisian corn prejudice.

  5. Love the story of the boyfriend, very cute. This was a great way to cook the corn, I don't think I will ever boil corn
    again. With the exception of the heat, it is so much easier. Have a great weekend.

    1. I totally agree... I don't think my family will let me boil it.

  6. haha. i always enjoy reading your stories. glad that you enjoyed this method, but after reading so many posts I am somehow inclined to try the microwave method, just to compare.

    1. The microwave method is good if you need to get dinner on the table quickly or it is too hot in your house, but it doesn't create the great texture that the roasting does.

  7. The corn was good done this way - and I am coveting this two tone corn that I am seeing all over the place. We don't have that in Oz!

    1. Yes, I was told that mine is called Silver Queen and it is an exceptionally tasty corn that I picked up at a farm stand.

  8. What a funny story. It's hard for me to imagine not liking popcorn, or any kind of corn really!

    1. I guess it all depends on what you grow up with. In China they eat bugs on a stick.

  9. Poor Nicolas, missing out on corn. I have to make some in the oven now. We love Thanks for sharing with My Meatless Mondays. Have a wonderful week.

    1. Poor silly Nicolas... wonder if he ever tried any? Let me know how it comes out. I found it to be super tender.

  10. Ha, that's a great story - much like this recipe!

    1. Thanks, yes both the story and the corn are simple and surprising.

  11. I have never thought to roast my corn on the cob! We grill it all the time and it's great...we are going to have to give roasting a try :)
    Sara Howe

  12. I couldn't get corn on the cob when I first came to England either, and many people here still feel that corn served that way is for animals. I could not disagree more! There's nothing like beautiful peaches and cream corn. I occasionally get some when we visit our son in Canada - it's one of my favourite treats. . While corn on the cob is more acceptable here in the UK now, and is even served in restaurants, the delicious breeds of corn we enjoy when in North America just don't exist here yet. Sadly most of the corn we can buy in UK stores is quite tough...Perhaps one day...

    1. It makes sense that they don't eat corn in Europe because the types they have may only be the ones for animal feed. I tried Silver Queen corn this year and it was amazing... still types to try. So sorry you don't have them in the UK.


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