Corn Cakes with Tomato Goat Cheese Salsa

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Corn bread + pancakes = Corn cakes

This is the kind of math that I can fully 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 was assigned Kristy’s blog 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.  So I searched for something delicious that could be made with ingredients I had on hand, and I came across these corn cakes. They are easy to put together, and I bet you too already got all the ingredients (or close substitutions) at hand.

These corn cakes are full of sweet corn flavor, and the acidic salsa on top adds a great contrast. There are so many possible variations you could make with these corn cakes. 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.

Also this recipe is a great way to incorporate the healthy Pompeian grapeseed oil– it won’t interfere with any of that great corn flavor!

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CORN CAKES WITH TOMATO GOAT CHEESE SALSA
Adapted from Gastronomical Sovereignty

INGREDIENTS

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
Pompein Grapeseed 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

DIRECTIONS

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.



Mini German Pancakes

Have you ever made a pancake and went “Awwww” as you looked at it.  If you haven’t, then you obviously have not made these adorable puffed pancakes.  Sometimes, miniature sized things are just too cute.

Not only are these pancakes adorable, but they are also low maintenance.  They are a perfect addition to your breakfast.  While you cook your eggs, bacon, sausage and other breakfast items, these pancakes take care of themselves as they bake.  Within a half an hour you have adorable, puffy, soft German pancakes.  Make them sweet with syrup and powdered sugar or savory with eggs, chives, and cheese.

MINI GERMAN PANCAKES
Slightly Adapted from Our Best Bites
INGREDIENTS

3/4 cup all purpose flour
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
Nonstick cooking spray
Melted butter, for topping

DIRECTIONS

Put mini muffin pans in oven.  Preheat oven and pans to 400°F.  Let pan sit in preheated oven for 5-10 minutes.


In a large bowl, whisk flour, milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together.  Working quickly, spray preheated pans with nonstick spray.  Fill each mini muffin tin about 3/4 the way full.  Bake for 14-17 minutes, until pancakes are puffed and golden brown.  Brush with melted butter.  Serve with powdered sugar, fruit jam, and maple syrup for a sweet pancake, or serve with scrambled eggs, chives, and cheddar cheese for a savory pancake. 


Makes 24 mini pancakes. Serves 2-3.