Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Mexican Corn Cakes with Jalapeno & Lime


I've taken a break from designing and stitching a new pattern to make corn cakes for lunch. They're an easier riff on my usual recipe. A Mexican cheese blend is delicious in these cakes. Golden-brown, light and fluffy, they're ready in about 20 minutes. Self rising flour helps them puff-up, which is a good thing. Pops of sweet corn, wrapped up in a pillow-soft center, along with some spicy jalapeno is a winning combo. They're crave-worthy and enticing. A squeeze of lime is a fresh finish. The deep-fried-calories and mess are missing... hassle-free cooking at its best. You can also change up the some of the recipe ingredients to suit your personal taste. Sometimes I omit the jalapeno and serve them with a generous amount of Texas Pete Hot Sauce. The cakes are a nice breakfast or brunch option too. Have fun and personalize this recipe!






Mexican Corn Cakes with Jalapeno & Lime 

Makes 8-10 Cakes

Some Notes & Tips 

Cook the corn cakes until lightly golden brown on both sides. It's sort of like making pancakes. Try not to overcook them. I use my large nonstick Scanpan for this recipe. 

Instead of frozen corn, fresh is very nice in summer.


Shredded cheddar or monterey jack cheese are good choices in this recipe too. You can increase the cheese to 1 1/2 cups if you're in the mood. 


Some readers have added ground cumin to the batter. You can easily add spices to personalize the recipe. But I love the sweet taste of corn. I keep the cakes simple and serve them with some suggestions below.        

To make your own self rising flour just add 2 teaspoons of baking powder for each 1 cup of flour. Mix well.  

Ingredients


  • 16-ounces of frozen corn (about 3 cups). I use one 16-oz bag of Bird's Eye Sweet Corn. Fresh corn is delicious too.
  • 4 scallions, very finely diced 
  • All or part of one jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1-2 limes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese blend 
  • 1 cup self rising flour
  • Oil for cooking
  • Salt to taste
  • To Serve: lime wedges, salsa, pico de gallo, sour cream, salted Greek yogurt, sliced tomatoes, sliced avocado, hot sauce   


Instructions


Finely dice the dark green and light green parts of the scallions and put them in a large microwave safe bowl along with the corn and the minced jalapeno pepper. Microwave the mixture for 3-4 minutes, stirring once or twice to promote even cooking. Let the mixture cool slightly and then stir in the milk, cheese, self rising flour, salt and eggs. Mix to combine. Heat a large fry pan on the stove with oil. With a large spoon, drop the batter onto the hot pan. Fry until both sides are golden brown and the centers are cooked. Serve with a good squeeze of lime, extra lime wedges, sour cream and any of the serving suggestions.

Bon Appetit & Blessings!

xx ~ Jilly


  


28 comments:

  1. This sounds so good that I can't wait to make them. Thanks

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    1. Hi Mary Lynn, my friend makes these corn cakes for her family, putting her own spin on them. They're easy and versatile. Hope you like them too!

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  2. Made them they were delish and sooooo easy. Everybody over them

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  3. Made them they were delish and sooooo easy. Everybody over them

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    1. Hi Brenda, so happy you enjoyed them! 😊

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  4. They were delicious! I will be cooking them up again!

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    1. Hi There, very happy you liked them! Happy Cooking! 😊

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  5. These were delicious! The only addition I made was 1 clove of garlic and small amount of red pepper for additional color. This is one of my keepers. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Gayle! Great additions! Yum! My friend serves them with hot sauce. I like them with Sriracha too. Happy they're one of your keepers. 😉

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  6. Curious to see if anyone has tried cooking this mixture in a waffle iron?

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    1. Hi Margie! I imagine this might work. If you do try it in a waffle iron, pop back here and let us know. Thanks for visiting!

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  7. I'd love to try this recipe, but wondering if a Gluten-free or almond flour would work instead of the 'self-rising' flour? Not sure I know if they're considered self rising or not... Thanks!

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    1. Hi J, self rising flour has baking powder in it. You can google "how to make your own self rising flour." Sub-in gluten free flour for the regular flour. There are many gluten free options out there too. Pamela's Gluten free mix is great. I think it contains baking powder. I've used it in my broccoli cheddar quinoa fritters and it works just fine. Hope that helps!

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  8. Hi J, great pictures and recipe looks fab. My partner isn't too keen on the taste of eggs so I was just wondering how 'eggy' these taste? Bit of a fussy one! Thanks

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    1. Hi There, thanks so much! My husband isn't an egg fan either. But he'll eat things with eggs.. like pancakes or French toast. He passes on scrambled eggs or eggs in their pure form. I don't think they're too eggy. Bumping up the cheese might help your partner enjoy them more. Cheese makes everything better. Happy Cooking! xx ~ Jilly

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  9. Hi! Is the batter a bit sticky when you make it? I added some corn meal but I think that made the cakes too tough.

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    1. Hi Amanda, I would say it is a bit sticky. They cook up fluffy though. 😉 Corn meal will make them more dense and maybe a little dry.

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  10. Also, what heat setting do you use on the stove?

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    1. Hi There, Medium to medium high works for me. Keep an eye on them. It's sort of like making pancakes. Hope that helps. Happy Cooking!

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  11. Hi, these sound delicious. I don't have self-rising flour, do you think I could substitute all-purpose flour if I added some baking powder? If so, about how much? Thanks!

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    1. Hi There! Yes, I'm just not sure how much baking powder? You can do a google search on "how to make your own self-rising flour." Then you can use your homemade self-rising flour in this recipe. It should be fine. I hope that helps. Happy Cooking! xx~Jilly

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  12. Can I make these in muffin tins instead? I need to bring a side dish and don't want to be at the frying pan during the party?

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  13. Hi There, I'm not sure if they'd turn out ok in muffin tins. I understand that you don't want to be frying at a party. That's not fun. Part of their flavor comes from the crispy brown exteriors. If you want to experiment by making these in a muffin pan, that's sounds great. I'd love to hear how they turned out. My advice is try this method yourself. That way, you can enjoy your party, without worrying whether they'll be a muffin-tin-fail. Thanks for your comment. Have fun at the party! ;)

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  15. Do you think they could be made a few hours ahead and heated back up in the oven?

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    1. I think so. Although I’ve never tried it. If you’re planning on serving this to company then I’m a big believer in trying the recipe first. Hope you enjoy them! 😊

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  16. I absolutely love these..I make them in batches, freeze in twos and take them to work to reheat in the oven. My workmates are jealous of the wonderful smell from the kichen.

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    1. Hi There! I'm happy you love them! I never thought to freeze them. Great idea! I'll give it a try so I can reheat them at the hospital where I work. ;) Thanks for sharing!

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