Monday, April 22, 2013

Corn Cakes with Tomato Goat Cheese Salsa: Secret Recipe Club

Corn bread + pancakes = Corn cakes

This is the kind of math that I can get behind. The regression and factor analysis I have to do in school- no, thank you.  Unless we are regressing deliciousness on chocolate, I just am not interested.

For this month's Secret Recipe Club, I got Kristy's blog of Gastronomical Sovereignty (love the name!).  After browsing through her recipes, I saw lots of dishes that I wanted to make, but unfortunately my budget this month was a little tight due to some extra splurging.  I wanted to make something delicious with ingredients I had on hand, and I came across these corn cakes.  They are easy to put together, and I bet you already got all the ingredients (or close substitutions) at hand.

These corn cakes are full of sweet corn, and the acidic salsa adds a great contrast.  There are so many possible variations you could make with these. You can go completely savory like this recipe, or try out a southwestern version with beans.  I think these corn cakes would also be great topped simply with maple syrup or even a sweet blueberry sauce.

Dessert corn cakes?  I must do some serious mathematical calculation about this delicious idea.  I will get back to you.



For the Corn Cakes:
2 cups corn kernels
1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup masa harina
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 eggs
1- 1 1/4 cup milk
Oil, for coating the pan

For the Tomato Goat Cheese Salsa:
1 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup pepperocini, sliced
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled.
Salt, to taste


For the Corn Cakes:

In a bowl combine corn, flour, masa harina, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.  Mix until combined.  Whisk in eggs and milk.  When adding the milk, add slowly while mixing until desired consistency is reached.  The batter should be like a thick pancake batter.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over high heat.  Grease the pan with oil (or nonstick spray).  Place tablespoon-fuls of batter in the pan, being careful not to over crowd.  Cook 2-3 minutes per side, until golden brown.  Repeat with remaining batter.  You can keep the corn cakes warm in a 250°F oven.

For the Tomato Goat Cheese Salsa:

In a bowl, combine tomatoes, pepperocini, red onion, and goat cheese.  Season with salt to taste.  Serve warm corn cakes with salsa on top.

Makes approximately 30-34 small corn cakes.

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  1. I love the sound of these savory corn cakes! Much more than I like mathematical regression, that's for sure!

  2. Mmm, I love savory corn cakes. There is a restaurant in my town that serves Equadorian Humitas and they are the best.