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Verses from my Kitchen: Sweetcorn Fritters

January 23, 2011

Sweetcorn Fritters

Saturday mornings get off to a slow start in this household. Maybe it's the end of the work week and the first opportunity to sleep and recharge the batteries or maybe it's the longing for childhood when sleeping in was a right of passage. Either way, some Saturday mornings end up being Saturday afternoons before the coffee has stopped percolating.

On days like today, my wife and I are looking for something to calm the children. And by children I mean the noises coming from our stomach. They're relentless and they grow louder with each passing minute. We need something easy and fairly quick. The coffee can hold off the troops, but only for so long.
The first thing I do when I wake up late is preheat the oven. Well, the first thing I do is make a pot of coffee and then I set the oven. Priorities count, even when faced with an angry mob. I pull out a few fresh plum tomatoes I picked up at the market and do a quick surgical procedure. I slice them down the middle, lengthwise, and give them a splash of olive oil and a generous amount of sea salt and cracked pepper. I let them cook for a good 30 minutes, until they're soft and sweet.

Today I decided on making corn fritters. I love making fritters for breakfast and brunch. It's a great change of pace and they have a lovely texture and an abundance of flavour. Two things I love in food.  I've made them many times before in various forms. You really can't go wrong with a breakfast fritter. It wasn't long ago that I made Sweet Apple & Carrot Fritters, or latkes, if you will. I also made them with potatoes, which is the really common form, when I made Potato Cakes with Serrano Ham.

I knew making sweetcorn fritters would be a hit in the house. They themselves are quick and loaded with flavour. They're slightly crunchy and they play well with many other tastes and ingredients. My wife loves corn so this was a no-lose situation. They're great on their own with creme fraiche or red onion salsa, but in this case I paired them with roasted tomatoes, smoked bacon and herbs. The tomatoes are quite sweet when roasted and they're soft and juicy. The corn fritters have a nice bite and work so well with the saltiness of the bacon. The dish sings to me. 

What started out as a late jump on the day ended up being a great excuse for brunch. We enjoyed our coffee and I worked on the batter for the fritters while the tomatoes were roasting away. By the time they were done, so was the rest of the meal. Not a bad Saturday after all. A hot cup of coffee, sweet and salty breakfast and my favourite company, my wife.  

This is the stuff that weekends are made of. A simple recipe, a pot of coffee and a conversation. From my table to yours, happy eating!

Sweetcorn Fritters

Serves: 2

The Goods:

  • 2 plum tomatoes, cut lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp. Extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 cup corn kernels, cut from cob
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 2 tbsp. parsley, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. basil, chopped
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the tomatoes lengthwise in half. Place them on a baking sheet cut side up and drizzle with olive oil and season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Roast them for 30 minutes, until tender and juicy.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour and baking powder and add in the salt and paprika, cayenne pepper and sugar. Stir together and make a well in the middle. In a second mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk until. Add the egg mixture into the well, a bit at a time, whisking the entire time. Continue to whisk until mixture is smooth. 
  3. In a bowl, add the corn, green onions, parsley and basil. Add the batter to the mixture and stir to combine.
  4. In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the oil. When it's hot add the batter in 2 tbsp. amounts and cook for 2 minutes,  or until golden brown. Flip over and repeat. 
  5. While you're doing the fritters, cook the bacon until slightly crispy. Remove the tomatoes from the oven. 
  6. Place a fritter on a plate topped by two roasted tomato halves, two slices of bacon, some parsley and the second corn fritter. Serve

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At January 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yummy! These look so delicious! I love corn fritters, and especially love how you've used yours like sandwich buns. So cute!

At January 23, 2011 at 12:46 PM , Blogger Mateja ^_^ said...

Who needs bread? Your plate looks amazing, bet it was even more delicious than it looks! Just love your idea of oven roasted tomatoes to compement the fritters! Thank you for sharing :)

At January 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Susan Lindquist said...

These look wonderful! Fritters with added pizzazz! Brunch at your house sounds like a real treat!

At January 23, 2011 at 1:44 PM , Blogger Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

How gorgeous! And I can only imagine how spectacular this tastes!

At January 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks SPS! I love weekend fritters!

Thanks Mateja for coming back and commenting. They were fantastic, thanks!

Thank you Susan! I'm a big fan of brunch, especially when we have time to put it together.

Lizza, they were great! Thank you so much!

At January 23, 2011 at 4:16 PM , Blogger Rosemary said...

ok, so are these being served Monday night?

At January 23, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

They're gorgeous and it looks like an amazing breakfast (brunch?) with the bacon and other toppings. I am seriously hungry now!

At January 23, 2011 at 8:15 PM , Blogger All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

Great idea for breakfast/brunch. One of my daughters has a love affair with corn so I am sure these would be a big hit with her. Nice photos too!

At January 23, 2011 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

I figured you would want a dinner course, no? This is more morning time food.

Thank you Carolyn. It was a nice, fresh breakfast. And you can't go wrong with bacon!

I hope your daughter likes it. If she likes corn she'll probably like this. Let me know what she says! Thank you!

At January 24, 2011 at 2:26 AM , Blogger something_good said...

It's so true one can't get wrong with fritters in the morning! It's easy, tasty and quick - a perfect combination of attributes to calm down the hungry mob, as you put it. Great recipe and photos!

At January 24, 2011 at 9:46 AM , Blogger Tes said...

Your corn fritters look so perfect. I just love bacon and tomato and corn combo :)

At January 24, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, these look really really amazing! I just have to try this. I love your combination here

At January 24, 2011 at 9:52 AM , Blogger The Mistress of Spices said...

Sounds (and looks) great! I love corn fritters, would love to try your recipe!

At January 24, 2011 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Those are kind words. Thank you SG! And thanks for leaving a comment.

Tes, it's a combination that works. Thanks for coming back and commenting.

Ravie, I'm sure you'd like it. Give it a shot and let me know. Thank you!

TMOS, please do. Tell me your thoughts if you do make them. Thank you so much!

At January 24, 2011 at 11:06 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

These look delicious and the fact that Glasvegas is playing on the site means I must make them.

At January 25, 2011 at 7:41 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Stephanie. Glasvergas and fritters go hand in hand. :)

At January 25, 2011 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Peggy said...

Now this is my kind of brunch!

At January 25, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

these look amazing!

At January 26, 2011 at 12:09 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Peggy, mine as well. I like to mix it up but fritters are one of the options. Thanks!

Melissa, thank you! And for taking the time to leave a comment.

At January 31, 2011 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Tiffany said...

I'm officially salivating!


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