Christmas recipes: Spicy corn on the cob

Roast meats including lamb, pork and beef, are usually accompanied by root vegetables such as parsnip, potatoes and carrots. But for something a little different this year, opt for a Cajun-style side of spicy corn on the cob instead.

 

Park Hotel Alexandra's executive sous chef Ian Hioe shares a recipe for corn tossed in spices such as paprika and chilli flakes. Serve this along with a salad and other roast vegetables.

Ingredients
3 litres of vegetable oil to deep-fry the corn
3 egg whites
6 ears of fresh corn, cooked and each cut into three blocks
Plain flour to coat the corn
1 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp chilli flakes
Sea salt to taste
3 tsp English parsley, finely chopped
3 tsp garlic, finely chopped
3 Tbs unsalted butter, softened

Method
1. Put required amount of oil in a deep-fryer and heat until 190 deg C. Alternative, pour the oil into a pot and heat it up.
2. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until it is frothy and turns into a pale-coloured foam. This should take about 1 to 2 minutes.
3. Place cooked corn into the egg white and toss well.
4. Lightly dust each block of corn with plain flour.
5. When the oil is hot, deep-dry the corn in two to three batches, for two to three minutes each, until the batter turns golden brown.
6. Meanwhile, while the corn is frying, mix the paprika, chilli flakes, salt, parsley, and garlic in a clean bowl. Add the softened butter. There is no need to mix the butter in.
7. When the corn is done, drain then toss it in the spiced butter mixture. The butter and the seasoning should coat the blocks of corn evenly.

Serves eight to 10 people.