Simple buttered corn on the cob is a summertime staple. But it's amazing what a little knife work can do. Christopher Lee, chef-owner of Sophia's in Philadelphia, strips the kernels off of fresh Amish Country corn. It's quick work if you hold the husked cob upright, using the nub as a handle, and slice from top to bottom. Lee simmers the corn with star anise. The gently infused corn takes a quick turn in a hot skillet with butter, lemon zest and smoky chipotle chile. A handful of chopped chives later and you have a fresh way with corn--no messy hands, cob skewers or dental floss necessary.
Chipotle Buttered CornRecipe adapted from Christopher Lee, Sophia's, Philadelphia
Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes