In my podcast for New Books in Food, Chef Bryan Voltaggio mentioned a favorite recipe from his cookbook, "Home: Recipes to Cook with Family and Friends". Now you can have a reason to wrap something in bacon next time you fire up the grill. Here it is, straight from the book:
As long as you’ve got the grill fired up you may as well use it. Corn on the cob comes with a natural handle that makes it easy to turn the cobs on the grill.
I line the bacon with basil and jalapeño pepper before I wrap it around the corn. The bacon crisps and the corn steams inside. Some of that smoky flavor penetrates, and as you bite into the corn you get bright bursts of aromatic basil and the sweet heat of the jalapeño pepper. This corn is so good it’s practically a meal all by itself.
- 3 pounds/1.36 kilograms bacon slices 1 bunch basil, leaves only
- 2 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced
- 8 ears corn, shucked
- Charred Lime Crema (page 208)
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Lay a 13-by-18-inch piece of parchment paper on your countertop and lay 6 or 7 slices of bacon alongside each other, slightly overlapping one another, fat side against meat side, to form a rough rectangle that is as wide as an ear of corn is long. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper and pound lightly with a meat mallet or small sauté pan to flatten the bacon and press it together.
- Remove the top parchment sheet and decorate the bacon with 10 to 12 small pieces of basil (you can tear up the larger leaves) and a few slices of jalapeño pepper.
- Lay 1 ear of corn across the bottom of the rectangle and roll the corn up in the bacon. Transfer the bacon-wrapped corn to the prepared baking sheet, laying it seam side down on the parchment paper.
- Repeat the process with the remaining 7 ears of corn (you can use the same 2 pieces of parchment paper) until all are wrapped in bacon. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours and up to 24 hours.
- Preheat a grill to medium heat.
- If you have a larger grill with an upper rack, use that to cook the bacon.
- Grill the corn, starting with the bacon seam side down. Give them a quarter turn every 5 minutes, until all of the bacon is crisp and caramelized and the corn is tender, 25 to 30 minutes total.
- Alternatively, you can lay the bacon-wrapped corn on a rack set over a baking sheet and cook it in a 350°F (180°C) oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until the bacon is crisp and the corn is tender. I recommend serving these with the Charred Lime Crema alongside.
Excerpted from the book "Home" by Bryan Voltaggio. Copyright © 2015 by Bryan Voltaggio. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company.