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Fresh corn cakes with smoked salmon

Fresh corn cakes with smoked salmon
Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 20 minutes | Serves 4
  • 2 ears corn, shucked
  • 1/3 cup coarse-grind yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 green onions, green part only, chopped
  • 1 fresh jalapeno, seeded and minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Peanut or canola oil for frying
  • 1/2 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced smoked wild salmon, cut into thin strips

Step 1Steam the corn until tender, about 5 minutes. Cool, then slice off the kernels. Place in a mixing bowl and add the cornmeal, flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, green onions and jalapeno.

Step 2In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and melted butter. Pour the egg mixture into the dry ingredients and mix well.

Step 3Heat about 3 tablespoons oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Spoon a heaping measuring tablespoon of corn batter into the oil and spread the batter to form a pancake about 3 1/2 inches across. Cook until set on one side, then flip and continue cooking until lightly browned and cooked, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Add additional oil if necessary. Drain on paper towels and keep warm. (If necessary, work in batches, holding cooked pancakes in a warm oven while frying more.)

Step 4To serve, lay 2 pancakes on each serving plate. Spoon a little creme fraiche on the center of each pancake and top with some cilantro. Divide the strips of salmon among the pancakes on top of the cilantro. Serve immediately.

Note: Smoked trout or shrimp can substitute for the salmon. The cakes can also be made silver-dollar size to serve as hors d'oeuvres.


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