Nero Wolfe's Roast Corn on the Cob
12 ears freshly picked sweetcorn, still in the husks!
olive oil, as needed
salt and pepper, to taste
1. It is vital that you do not husk the corn. The husks act as insulation and steam-roast the corn to perfection. When cooked, the silks etc. don't cling to the corn as they do when raw.
2. Preheat oven to the maximum temperature it will go. I have done this several times at 550º F and it works fine. You need the highest heat possible.
3. Place the corn, still in its husks, in the hottest possible oven for 40 minutes.
4. Corn should be husked at the table, by each person, before eating. I suggest having paper bags or wastepaper baskets near the table to toss the husks into. Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and pepper, as desired.
Eat. Angels sing softly in the distance. Any leftovers can be refrigerated still in the husks. The recipe is written for 3 ears apiece, but make more than you think you will want, because often when I've made this we ignore the rest of the dinner and just eat corn!
Source of recipe: This recipe was inspired by the Nero Wolfe story, "Murder is Corny." The important thing is the cooking. It is so simple and delicious, I just had to share!