CSA Week 15: Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Salsa
Let’s keep it sweet and simple. Like these corn cakes!
This recipe was practically written for the ingredients in my fridge. CSA this week brought more corn, cherry tomatoes, and lettuce. Add in a handful of potted basil, a green pepper left over from last week, and a ripe avocado, and you’ve got a slam dunk!
So. This recipe is really easy. That is, unless you’ve got a very whiny baby trying to pull your pants down because he is on the floor and wants to be up so he can see what you’re doing. Then, in that case, it might seem like it’s taking forever. But I promise…that’s just the baby. Not the meal itself.
Shuck your corn and slice off the kernels. CSA has been giving medium-size ears of corn in the last few weeks, while the original recipe called for large ears. I ended up using 5 ears of corn, but you should aim for 2½ cups kernels.
Transfer 2 cups of the corn to a food processor and pulse several times. No need to turn it into soup or anything, just process into coarse bits.
Mix the processed corn with the remaining whole kernels, finely diced shallot, minced basil, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, and seasonings. You will end up with a thick, pasty mixture.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, melted butter, and buttermilk.
Cut up your avocado. Set it aside; you will add it into the tomato mixture just before serving, so as not to let it get soggy or discolored.
Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Relish
lightly adapted from Annie’s Eats
makes 12/serves 4
Corn Cake Ingredients:
2½ cups corn kernels (from 3 large ears corn), divided
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup finely diced shallot
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
salt and black pepper
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. buttermilk
2 tbsp. butter, melted
canola oil, for frying
6–8 cherry tomatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
½ cup diced green bell pepper
1 scallion, sliced
1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of ½ lime
1½ tsp. olive oil
1½ tsp. white wine vinegar
salt and black pepper
1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
lettuce, for serving
ranch dressing, for serving
Cut the corn kernels off of the cobs and place in a large bowl. Place 2 cups of the corn kernels in the food processor and pulse several times, until the corn is slightly pureed but still chunky.
Scrape the pureed corn into a large bowl with the remaining corn kernels. Add the flour, cornmeal, onion, basil, baking powder, and baking soda to the bowl. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Stir to mix well.
Add the eggs, buttermilk, and butter, and stir the mixture just to combine.
To make the salsa, combine all of the ingredients except the avocado in a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Just before serving, mix in the avocado.
Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add just enough oil to barely cover the bottom of the pan and heat until sizzling hot. Scoop the batter into the skillet about 1½ tbsp. at a time, cooking the cakes in batches of 3–4 so that they are not touching. Fry about 2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Transfer the cooked cakes to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining batter.
Serve immediately topped with the relish and drizzled with ranch dressing, if desired.