While others like to shop for clothes, shoes or gadgets, buying food is one of my favorite past times. Since I have been faithfully sheltering in place, grocery stores are among the very few places that I allow myself to go to during the pandemic. Actually, aside from home and work, and once a month social distancing visit to my family, I really do not go anywhere. Every week without fail, you will find me roaming around Trader Joe’s and Grocery Outlet. I go to Costco every other month for a big grocery shopping spree where I explore Costco’s aisles for almost 2 1/2 hours! Costco shopping is an all day affair for me that I have to take a day off from work just to go. I just love finding new food and brands to try.
I am always buying food and very good at never wasting it if I can help it. I always make sure that I cook and eat what I buy. I also buy food to share as presents. I always bring a big bag of treats from Trader Joe’s for my sister and nephews. I am also always on a lookout for fun food for BFF whenever we do our short but sweet get-together because she spoils me with so much as well.
As a result of these regular food hauls, our fridge is packed to the point where Mr Sweetie and I have to play Jenga with groceries just so we can close the fridge and freezer doors. A month ago, I made a commitment to stop buying frozen items such as snacks, meats, seafood, etc. until I use up almost everything that we already have. I still go to Trader Joe’s every Friday to buy breads, new items on the snacks section, wines, vegetables and fruits but just foods that we can eat within the week.
I have been doing well with this goal. After about a month, the freezer has more space and I can start re-stocking again on frozen treats. One of the last bulky stuff in my freezer that I have been wanting to use up is a bag of frozen street-style corn. I have been wanting to try to make corn fritters and the bag of corn was just the perfect ingredient for the fritters. During the afternoon lull while working from home, I finally got to make them.
Even though I often try to cook or bake a dish few times before I post the recipe on my blog, this one is super-easy. It is truly a @lazychef2021 recipe. (Forgive my shameless plug about my super-new Instagram account where I post photos of food I make. Please check it out!)
Cheddar Corn Fritters is one of those recipes that will be hard to mess up which is why I decided to post it after making it just once. I was rewarded with thick and chubby savory/sweet corn-filled pancakes. Sky’s the limit with possibilities on how to make these fritters fancier by adding different types of cheeses, herbs, spices and different toppings. I made a simple and basic version. The crust is crispy while the inside is moist. I will definitely make these cheese corn fritters again!
CHEDDAR CORN FRITTERS
- 1 1/4 cups frozen corn kernels
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pepper to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/3 cup buttermilk or heavy cream
- 2-4 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying
- 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese
RECOMMENDED TOPPINGS FOR SERVING
- Sliced green onions
- Sliced jalapenos or chili peppers
- Sour cream
- Cotija (Mexican cheese) or parmesan cheese
- A squeeze of lime
- Chopped cilantro
- Red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper
- In a large bowl, stir together the corn, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and pepper.
- Stir slightly beaten egg, cheddar cheese and buttermilk into the flour mixture until combined.
- Put about a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and place it over medium heat. (I used a heavy cast iron pan.)
- Scoop 1/2 cup of the batter in to the hot oil, shaping it into a round patty.
- Cook the fritter for about 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and crispy.
- Transfer the fried fritters to a plate lined with paper towel for the oil to be absorbed.
- Repeat with the remainder of the batter until used up. Add more oil to the pan as needed.
- Serve immediately with suggested toppings above.
- I used a bag of seasoned street-style grilled corn. Since I have not used canned corn in this recipe, I will not recommend it yet. With frozen corn kernels, they are more tender than canned corn which sometimes are harder to chew. Drain excess liquid before using in the batter. Try to get seasoned corn if you can for added flavor but I am sure that regular ones are great as well.
- These fritters are perfect to re-heat in an air fryer for about a couple of minutes.