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A cheesy, buttery take on grilled corn on the cob

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso fresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)
  • This July 15, 2013 photo shows grilled corn with queso rresco in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

When I was a kid, corn on the cob was prepared one way, and only one way.

My mom would husk the ears and pile them – sometimes having to jam them – into a large stockpot. She’d add about an inch of water, cover the pot, then bring it to a boil and steam the heck out of them. Then we’d slather them with butter and salt and call it good. And I’m pretty confident most American families followed some variant of this basic approach.

These days, we are awash in alternatives, all, of course, proclaiming to be the best. Some sound crazy, but work wonderfully (do yourself a favor and Google microwaving corn in the husk). Others just sound crazy (filling a cooler with boiling water and corn may be an easy way to feed a crowd, but . . . ew ).

But as most of us have learned, grilling corn probably really is the best choice. The smoky flavor and gentle char bring out the sweetness of the kernels. The only trouble is all the conflicting advice – to soak, or not; to oil, or not; high heat or low heat; direct heat or indirect heat.

Over the years, I’ve discovered most of that really doesn’t matter. My basic approach to grilling corn is simple. I husk the ears and rub them with a bit of oil. Then I pop them onto a grill set to medium heat. Now and then, I turn them to get them evenly heated and lightly browned. That’s it.

But even though my grilling method is simple, I still like to gussy up my ears after they come off the grill. My recent favorite topping: heaps of shaved queso fresco that is seasoned with paprika, salt, pepper and garlic. Of course, if you prefer to cook your corn on the stove – or in the microwave, or even in a cooler – this topping will still work just as well and be just as delicious.

GRILLED CORN WITH QUESO FRESCO

8 ears of corn, husks and silk removed

olive oil

8-ounce block queso fresco

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1∕2 teaspoon kosher salt

1∕2 teaspoon ground pepper

1 stick butter, cut in 8 pieces

Heat the grill to high.

Rub each of the ears of corn with a bit of olive oil. Once the grill is hot, arrange the corn in a single layer on the grill grates.

Cover the grill and reduce the heat to medium. Cook for 6 minutes, turning several times.

Meanwhile, use a grater (large holes) to grate the queso fresco into a medium bowl. Add the paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper, then toss well.

When the corn is ready, use tongs to transfer it to a rimmed baking sheet or baking pan that will fit on your grill. It’s okay to stack the corn. Sprinkle the cheese mixture over the corn. Arrange the butter chunks evenly over the corn. Place the pan on the grill, cover and cook for 2 to 4 minutes, or until the butter is melted. Serve immediately.

Serves 8.

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