20, Jun 2007
Corn Patties

For some reason I had the idea of making some kind of corn patties — the idea being to mix corn with a few ingredients to get it to stick together and then fry them in oil like pancakes or latkes. I wanted something with a nice corn flavor, plus a bit of spice. This was my first take, with mixed success.

2 c corn (about 2 ears’ worth), cut off the cob and food processed
3/4 c white whole wheat flour
1 egg + the white from 1 egg, beaten
olive oil, salt, black pepper, white pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper

combine the corn, flour, and eggs in a bowl. add the spices to taste. heat the oil in a skillet to medium-high. drop the corn mix in by spoonsful, about two inches across, and flatten. fry for a couple of minutes on each side.
first, I didn’t get the oil heat just right. what I think I want is a bit crispy on the outside (but not burned) and well cooked through — mine are softer and a bit mushy. also, I want the flavor to be primarily corn with a bit of pepper and spice. they somehow aren’t corny enough. I’m thinking about trying it again with corn flour instead of wheat, adding shallots, and using fresh-ground black pepper (I didn’t have any peppercorns around tonight).