Grilled Corn with Za’atar Garlic Butter

Written by chanie on July 21st, 2013

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may have noticed that I am part of a group of kosher food bloggers called the Kosher Connection. Each month, we are challenged to put our own twist on a link-up theme. Over the past year, we’ve had:

KOSHERCONNECTION July 2012: frozen desserts
August 2012: grilling
September 2012: honey
October 2012: root vegetables
November 2012: stuffing
December 2012: Chinese food
January 2013: miniatures
February 2013: home-made gifts
March 2013: Passover desserts
April 2013: The Best Thing I Ever Ate
May 2013: croutons
June 2013: cold soups

This month, we celebrate our one year anniversary as a group with a fun link-up – The Great Blog Swap. Each member of the Kosher Connection was issued a fellow KC member’s blog and challenged to create a recipe inspired by one on their site. My secret target blog is This American Bite.

This American Bite is a personal blog dedicated to whole food cooking with a passion for vegetarian and BBQ. Living in the Midwest with his wife an two children, Yosef Silver began This American Bite to share his passion for healthy kosher food. As a resident of Kansas City, Yosef brings his fresh approach to BBQ and has previously been a judge at the Annual Kosher BBQ Festival. This year, he plans to compete with his team, The Epicurean Bite. We wish him the best of luck!

Many of Yosef’s recipes are inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine, and za’atar is a spice you will find in a lot of his recipes. One such recipe is garlic, za’atar and olive oil stovetop popcorn.As an ode to Yosef’s Kansas City living, I decided to do a twist on his recipe by grilling fresh corn and smothering it in garlic & za’atar compound butter. I never imagined that the corn would come out so incredibly delicious. I have to say that it was literally one of the best things I have ever eaten! Garlic & za’atar compound butter is my new favorite combination, thanks to This American Bite!

First up, we’ve got the grilled corn. I couldn’t imagine doing a This American Bite blog swap without paying homage to his passion for barbecuing. I’m not exactly a BBQ aficionado, and on the day of my photo shoot, the weather here in Brooklyn topped off at 102 degrees. I wasn’t, shall we say, enthusiastic, about sweating over a hot grill. My reluctance turned to exuberance as soon as I took a bite out of the moist, barbecued corn. Grilling the corn in their husks keeps it deliciously moist while still imparting a smokey flavor.

As I wrote in a recent post, I’m not that big on butter. Compound butter, is another story though. Who can resist a creamy flavored spread on top of warm crusty bread? Compound butter is simply butter mixed with other ingredients to create a flavorful spread. It can be sweet (strawberry butter is popularly served over pancakes) or savory (maitre D’hotel butter mixed with fresh parsley and lemon is a culinary favorite). I’ve tried quite a few flavors of compound butter in the past, and this za’atar and garlic version is by far, the best one I’ve ever had.

If you’re not familiar with za’atar, it’s a mixed herb and spice blend popular in the Middle East. Za’atar is primarily made up of sumac, thyme, oregano, sesame seeds and salt. The spice blend is widely available in supermarkets, but you can also find it on amazon.

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Now that I’ve shared my “This American Bite” inspired recipe, lets get back to where we started – The Kosher Connection Anniversary. Aside from the great roundup of recipes in the link-up below, we’re also celebrating with a spectacular giveaway! The KC is giving away 2 Emile Henry products – a Bread Cloche valued at $130 and a 4.2 qt Dutch Oven valued at $170! Use the Rafflecopter below to win- you can enter up to 23 ways! Two winners will be chosen at random.

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The contest winners will be contacted via email. They will have 48 hours to respond before other winners are chosen. This contest is open to United States residents over the age of 18


18 Comments so far ↓

  1. This corn looks good enough to eat! I love compound butters- they seem so fancy but are easy to make.

  2. Tamar Genger says:

    I love the way you adapted this recipe and the compound butter. I never would have done it and now I have to make it.

  3. Chaya says:

    I can’t imagine many foods better than roasted corn.

  4. This corn looks awesome! love grilled corn!

  5. Yum! Looks great, fresh corn is the way to go

  6. Ronnie Fein says:

    You’re right — compound butters are amazing and also so easy to make. Grilled corn is a must for us all summer; we love them with compound butter and za’atar is always in our lives. Terrific recipe.

  7. Fashion-isha says:

    I’m catching up on all the missed blog posts and I can’t get over all the yummy stuff. My mouth is watering. And this is such a cool giveaway too!

  8. this is one of my favorite things to make!

  9. I love this recipe! I really enjoy making compound butter and I’ve never thought of zaatar flavored before. And I love all of the tips for grilling corn. I always boil it but I MUST grill next time!

  10. Jamie Geller says:

    I’m a BIG BUTTER GIRL zaatar compound butter is a great idea

  11. Yum. Just simply delicious.

  12. I love what you did and how you spun my original. Great sharing ideas with you. You always inspire me in the kitchen.

  13. this looks and sounds seriously amazing! i love, love butter and will try your combo soon.

  14. Wow, that za’atar butter sounds amazing on grilled corn!

  15. I love grilled corn, your zaatar butter looks amazing! Definitely trying this soon.

  16. This looks fantastic. Great site with lots of terrific photos!

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