Mexican Street Corn and another try at Mititei/Mici

I set aside a couple of the grilled corn on the cob from last week’s barbecue and finally got around to making the dish I had planned … Mexican Street Corn.

It’s a remarkably easy dish which can add flavour and moisture even to corn that’s no longer at its peak in terms of flavour and texture because it’s been sitting in your fridge for a day or three longer that it should have. Incidentally, the result tasted SO good, I wish I had more grilled corn available.

Mexican Street Corn – serves 2

2 grilled corn on the cob
1 tbsp mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1 tbsp sour cream
1 tbsp fresh herb or herb mixture (cilantro, parsley, oregano, thyme, mint**), julienned
1/2 – 1 tsp lime zest
several shakes each smoked or regular paprika and cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste

Garnishes
1-2 tbsp grated cheese (manchego, asiago, Parmesan, Romano**)
1 tbsp sliced green onion
paprika, to taste
lime wedges

** I used mint leaves and the Romano cheese

Combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, paprika, cayenne pepper, fresh herbs and lime zest, stir and refrigerate covered for at least one hour to allow the flavours to meld together.

Brush the mixture on all sides of the warm corn on the cob. A silicone pastry brush will help to load the thick mixture onto the corn and help spread it out.

Sprinkle on the cheese, green onion and more paprika to taste. Squeeze the lime wedge over your corn just before eating.

This is my second attempt at making these skinless Romanian sausages called “mititei” or “mici”. (The Serbian version is called “cevapcici” or “cevapi” and uses equal parts ground beef and pork.)

I used a package seasoning mix which contained: garlic powder, salt, onion powder, summer savory, MSG, ground black pepper, ground coriander, bicarbonate of soda, ground caraway seeds as well as a bunch of preservatives.

As suggested on the package, I added the contents to 1 kg of ground beef along with 50 mls of cold water, and hand mixed it for about 10 minutes, though 15 minutes might have been better, but I got bored. If you have a stand blender with a dough hook, it will save you both time and effort. I portioned the meat into 50 gm amounts and then shaped it into 3 inch sausages using wet hands.

Grilling on the barbecue would have been the best way to cook the sausages but I didn’t want to fire it up, so it preheated a cast iron frying pan to med-hot, seasoned with about a tbsp of vegetable oil. I browned the sausages on all sides and then finished the sausages in a 375 deg F oven for 15 minutes. I think 10 minutes would have been plenty as a lot of liquid came out and the resulting sausages were drier than I would have liked.

Served with salad as part of a meal or as a snack with mustard or tzatziki sauce on tortilla wraps, they were very tasty but I know the next trial, with my own seasoning mixture, will be even better.

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14 thoughts on “Mexican Street Corn and another try at Mititei/Mici

    1. Mamaliga is a great idea to serve with the mititei. I’m definitely going to try to make my own seasoning mixture next cause I don’t think the money I spent for this packet of seasonings was worth the result. 🙂

      1. That’s a very flavourful mamaliga! I make it plain, then cool it, slice it, and grill the slices with seasoning.
        The pre-seasoned mititei mixture is a surprise – I haven’t seen it anywhere.

      2. Plain mamaliga is pretty bland. At the least, a bit of salt should be added to the broth. Chicken stock is a wonderfully tasty addition like in cooking risotto. I’ve found that my attempt to grill the mamaliga often ends up with melted gruel. Disappointing.

        The area that I’m in has had a lot of immigrants from Eastern Europe so the demand for mititei/cevapci is there and has been for 40 plus years.

  1. I wonder what Romanian cevapi taste like. We only put few ingredients into meat (mostly ground beef and lamb mixture or just beef) and that’s garlic, salt, pepper, and a little bit baking soda. But, I’m lucky to have an international store in my town so I can get my hands on the packaged cevapi. All I need to do is grill them 🙂

  2. Wow! The corn looks nice! I don’t know how I’ve missed it (in the meantime I’ve bought another pair of corn cobs – they sell it by pairs here – to make more pancakes). The sausages looks delicious too. I had something similar once in a Serbian restaurant (it was such a long time ago….but I still remember because it was the only Serbian restaurant I’ve ever seen).

    1. Fresh corn on the cob is lovely. I don’t buy it nearly enough. In season you can bay 6 or 8 for $2 and they come loose so you have to look through and pick the cobs that are ‘full’ to the end and don’t have bad spots inside. I don’t imagine there are many Serbian restaurants cause of low ‘demand’ or rather information about the foods. There’s a lot of overlap between the various nationalities so you can probably find similar dishes in other ethnic restaurants from middle or eastern Europe.

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