That is really a question because I’m honestly not sure! All I can say, whatever they were, they were mighty good!
Sorry my photo color looks a little dim. I ended up having to work for a few hours tonight so even though it was super late I was determined to make this recipe!
Turns out more than time was working against me . I meant to have cornmeal for my mix but at the last minute I realized all I had was a box of cornstarch. I may have said a cuss word…or two. Cut me some slack, I turn hangry when dinner gets super late!
So I decided I had to come up with a substitution. First thought, almond flour, then coconut flour, panko breadcrumbs?? Nah, if it was going to remotely resemble corn cakes it needed to be some sorta corn something. I dug around in the pantry and came across the ranch flavored corn chips. Let’s give it a go!
Corn chips and some cilantro into the food processor. Had I had cornmeal, I would have added salt and pepper, but since the chips were flavored I didn’t want to over do it.
So how to make these, you will need:
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup of cornmeal (tortilla chips were a yummy substitution!)
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp oil plus addition oil for skillet
3/4 cup corn, extra for topping
1/4 cup black beans, extra for topping
Additional topping ideas: avocado, cheese, lime, red onion, cilantro.
1. In a big bowl combine, flour, cornmeal, baking powder, cilantro (a couple tbsp is fine) salt and pepper if you are lucky enough to have cornmeal. Use a whisk to mix up dry ingredients.
2. Push dry ingredients to outer edge of bowl leaving hole in center.
3. Pour milk, egg and tablespoon of oil in the center. Whisk starting in the center and work your way out. Don’t over mix.
4. Lightly stir in corn and black beans.
5. Oil skillet and bring up heat skillet to medium high heat.
6. Drop about 1/4-1/3 cup of batter into skillet and cook for around 3-4 minutes on each side or until each side is golden and toasty looking.
7. Top and serve!
So do you think I can call them corn cakes?? BTW: These cakes would have made a light, flavorful dish on their own! The grass fed beef we got from a local farm made this one of the best dished ev-a! (Yes..I meant ev-a)