Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Crispy Corn Fritters





These easy and delicious Corn Fritters make a super cocktail appetizer served with a garnish of Lemon Cilantro Sauce, or on their own as a side dish with grilled chicken, fish or pork. All the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and cayenne, are placed in a large bowl, followed by the wet: corn, green onions, an egg and buttermilk. The combined mixture is whisked together then dropped into a hot skillet and fried until the fritters are puffed and golden brown. The Corn Fritters can be served on their own, or garnished with a light and tangy Lemon Cilantro Sauce, for a lovely summertime treat.




Corn Fritters
Makes 30-40 fritters


1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cayenne
1 cup corn kernels
5 green onions, minced
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 cup buttermilk
vegetable oil, for frying


Whisk all the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the wet, with the buttermilk at the end. Mix thoroughly to form a stiff batter. Cover and chill until required. Pour some vegetable oil in a skillet and when hot, drop in teaspoons of the batter, and fry in batches, until the fritters are puffed and golden on both sides. Let drain on a wire rack or paper towel until the batter is finished. Serve with warm or ambient, as an appetizer with a Lemon Cilantro Dip, or as a side dish with grilled chicken.


Lemon Cilantro Dip
Makes 1 1/2 cups


1 cup plain yoghurt
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 tsp grated lemon zest
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/8 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper


Combine all the ingredients and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with corn fritters, and garnish with some lemon zest curls.