Brendan’s awesome corn fritters

I can’t take credit for this recipe, but what I can do is share it with everyone!

Fixing Thanksgiving dinner is a shared tradition for our family, and this year Brendan made corn fritters, which were super. These are best made with fresh corn, though frozen corn kernels can be used in a pinch if you’re desperate for fritters and don’t have four ears of fresh corn handy. (Instructions will be included — and be sure to thaw the corn first!)

First, gather the ingredients. You’ll need four ears of fresh corn (husks and silks removed), 1 large egg, 3 tablespoons regular flour, 3 tablespoons ground cornmeal, 2 tablespoons cream (or half-and-half), 1 small shallot, minced, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder, a pinch of cayenne pepper, and oil for sautéing. (I used olive oil.)

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First, cut the kernels off of two ears of the corn by standing the corn cob on end inside a large bowl and (carefully!) using a sharp paring knife to scrape the kernels off. (Each corn cob has roughly the equivalent of 3/4 cup of frozen kernels, so this totals about 1.5 cups.) In a separate bowl, roughly grate the kernels off the remaining two ears of corn. (The equivalent with frozen kernels would be to coarsely grind the kernels in a food processor.)

In a large mixing bowl, beat the egg and cream together, then add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, minced shallot, salt, and cayenne pepper. This will make a thick batter. (By the way, the red thing you see at the base of this mixing bowl is a wonderful contraption called the Staybowlizer, which holds bowls steady while you’re mixing things in them.)

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Next, stir in the corn kernels, whole and grated. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan, then drop the corn mixture into it. (I used a one-inch ice cream scoop for this.)

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When browned, flip to the other side and gently press down with a spatula to even out the mounds.

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Once that second side has browned (takes just a couple of minutes), remove the fritters from heat.

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We served the fritters with a chipotle-flavored mayonnaise, and they were super!

Enjoy!

 

 

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One response to “Brendan’s awesome corn fritters

  1. Kathy Donovan

    This looks delicious!

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