Thursday, March 3, 2016

Corn Fritters with Lemon Cilantro Sauce

Easy and delicious, these plump Corn Fritters make a luscious comfort food appetizer served with a garnish of Lemon Cilantro Sauce, or on their own topped with smoked salmon, creamy guacamole or simple dollop of crème fraîche. All of the dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking soda and cayenne, are placed in a large bowl, followed by the wet: corn, chopped green onions, a beaten egg and buttermilk. The combined mixture is whisked together then using two teaspoons, dropped into a well oiled hot frying pan and quickly panfried until the fritters are puffed and golden brown, about a minute per side. The fritters can be also be served as an hors d'oeuvre, as a side dish for grilled chicken or even for breakfast with runny soft poached eggs and buttery hollandaise sauce.

Corn, green onions, beaten egg, buttermilk, flour, baking soda, salt and cayenne all mixed together

Panfried in a little vegetable oil until brown and golden, about 2-3 minutes per side

Corn Fritters
Makes about 30

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 of the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then add the wet, with the buttermilk at the end. Mix thoroughly to form a stiff batter, then cover and chill until required. Pour some vegetable oil into a frying pan over medium heat and when hot, drop in teaspoons of the batter, and fry in batches, until the fritters are puffed and golden on both sides. Allow to drain on a wire rack or paper towel until the batter is finished. Serve warm or at room temperature as an appetizer with a dollop of Lemon Cilantro Dip on top and curl of lemon zest.

Lemon Cilantro Sauce
Makes 1 1/2 cups

1 cup plain Greek yoghurt
1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
2 tsp grated lemon zest, plus extra for garnish
1/2 garlic clove, minced
1/8 tsp dried crushed red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to serve.