SPRING TEX MEX CORN FRITTERS
Today is Victoria Day and it's been a crazy weather washout of a weekend. Very hard to plan outdoor activities because of the unpredictable weather. Even though it's Spring the weather has tiptoed in and out of it so far. Because I was off work today because of the Victoria Day Holiday I had time to do a little fridge/freezer clean Spring recipe. I have been really trying to find different ways to use or preserve my fruits and vegetables a lot more to save money and food waste which has become one of my missions to get better at. In the photo below is the corn mixture for the beginning of my fritter recipe and using the onions and cilantro and soft tomatoes I also made a Pico De Gallo salsa and chopped garlic in oil and added the ends of green onions to water to regrow. I have extra chopped tomatoes and onions ready for quick prep of other recipes in the next couple of days.
This week I had a chance to attend a Taste Canada event at the Hudson's Bay and one of the Chefs doing a demo was Joel McCharles the author of the cookbook Batch and Blog Well Preserved. I didn't pick up a copy but hope to get a copy soon. He had a few tips for preserving and other ways of maximizing your produce but admitted that even he is trying to figure out the challenge of not wasting food. We waste more than 40% of our food from farm to table. Each step has produce that is wasted from the not so perfect produce to the stuff that spoils in your fridge. This recipe was an idea that I thought up while taking inventory of my freezer. Joel talked about different tips to preserving some fruits and vegetables but if you have a chance pick up a copy of his cookbook. I am sure it will save your food from the garbage bin.
As usual I didn't follow a recipe and only really follow measurements strictly when I am baking and even then I try and wing it with twists if I can.
I decided to write it up right away so that it's fresh in my mind in case anyone asks or I want to make it sometime again in the winter months when I am craving spring flavours.
TEX MEX CORN FRITTER RECIPE
1 small bag of frozen corn
2 tbsp chopped red onion
2 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
1/2 lime juiced
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chipotle pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 whole medium eggs
1/2 cup of milk or cream
1 cup of flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder
1 cup of Canola Oil
Rinse and drain frozen corn until it is fairly dry. Mix in chopped red onion, chopped cilantro, salt, cumin and chipotle pepper and mix well to distribute.
In a separate small bowl mix 2 eggs and add 1/2 milk or cream.
In a large bowl add 1 cup of flour, salt and baking powder and whisk to distribute evenly.
Add the milk and eggs to the flour mixture and mix until smooth batter like consistency. Add more milk if needed. Almost like a pancake batter consistency. Add the corn mixture and mix until combined evenly.
Heat Canola oil in a Cast iron Skillet or a non stick frying pan or a heavy bottom deep pan. Heat on medium high heat and test with a wooden spoon if bubbles form around the end of the spoon it's hot enough.
Using a medium ice cream scoop to scoop up the corn mixture and gently place in the heated oil. Cook for about 2 minutes and when it starts to cook up the sides flip it using a slotted spoon or fish spatula. Cook for another couple of minutes on the other side and once they are golden brown remove them to a plate and if you wish line it with paper towel to absorb excess oil but if cooking at the proper temperature they shouldn't be excessively oily.
You can cook them all lightly and then warm them all in a low oven until ready to serve.