After force-feeding you cake batter waffles yesterday (um, sorry/not sorry), I figured I’d better make amends with something healthier. Here you go. Healthy/DELICIOUS jalapeño corn fritters! I threw some cheddar in for good measure, but you could omit it completely and these would still be incredible!
I have a feeling this summer is going to see me eating a LOT of Mexican(ish) food. I really cannot stop with the jalapeños. I put them in EVERYTHING. I make nachos waaaay too often, recently made the *spiciest* salsa I’ve ever made before, and find myself circling back to the produce section at the grocery store to put another three (or ten) jalapeños in my cart. Why don’t they sell jalapeños at Costco? That’d make my life a lot easier. Luckily, I have some growing in the greenhouse! I have a feeling I’ll be waiting a while on them, though.
Besides jalapeño, the next thing screaming “SUMMER” at me is corn. I think we even decided to have corn on the cob at the wedding (messy disaster? I hope not). So, with those two loves in mind, I whipped up these corn cakes for lunch one day last week. GREAT idea! I based them (very loosely) off of my spicy zucchini fritters, which I cannot wait to make more of this summer.
Jalapeño Corn Cakes
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 15 mins
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 2
- 2 cups cooked corn, frozen or fresh
- 1 jalapeño, chopped
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp salt, plus extra to taste
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 cup cornmeal (or whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Olive oil, for frying
- For garnish: sour cream, lime, avocado, and tomato
- In a food processor, combine 1 1/4 cups corn, the jalapeño, onion, cilantro, and garlic. Pulse until very finely diced, but not completely smooth.
- In a large bowl, combine the processed mixture with the remaining corn, all spices, cheese, cornmeal, baking powder, and eggs. Mix until fully incorporated. Add more cornmeal (or flour) as needed.
- In a heavy skillet over medium heat, heat 2-3 Tbsp olive oil. When the oil is hot and glossy, form the batter into patties (it should be slightly sticky, but not enough to make this step impossible), and cook in batches.
- Cook each patty until golden brown on each side, 2-3 minutes per side. Serve with sliced avocado, tomatoes, sour cream, and a squeeze of lime.