Crispy Corn Fritters

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I came home last night and couldn’t decide what to cook, I was tired, feeling uninspired, and the cupboard was bare. It seems that I had not been quite organised enough to grocery shop before our latest snow storm. I had a bell pepper in the crisper, some green onions, and a bunch of cilantro that had been left wanting all weekend. While I was bemoaning my lack of foresight and organization, the eggs cried out to me, and reminded me of my frolics with the the quick and easy corn fritters that had saved my life many a night in college when the cupboard was once again bare.

I have always loved pancakes, corn cakes and other vegetable fritters. Not only are they quick, easy, and delicious. But they are pretty much fail safe. As long as you have flour, milk, and eggs, you can blend up a treat in minutes. You can really throw most chopped veggies into the mix and come up trumps. But I have always been partial to grated carrot, zucchini and onions. But if, like last night, your fridge is empty -- head to the freezer for inspiration. I always keep a pack of organic frozen corn and peas, amongst other last minute snout savers on ice. Frozen organic veggies have saved my life on many an uninspired, desperate night.

Last night, it was corn that came to the rescue, as I gratefully recalled the corn fritters my room mate had made, when we were in the same snout deprived state of desperation many years ago. Within 15 minutes my snout was singing the praises of the uninspired desperates. These gluten free corn cakes are also dairy free, nut free and soy free.

This isn't the most inspired recipe I have shared. But it's worth posting as a quick, easy “rescue remedy”…..and it doesn’t fritter away any time at all!

Make a date with these corn fritters and you won't be sorry.

Gluten Free Corn Fritters

Crispy Corn Fritters

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  • ½ cup white rice flour
  • ½ cup brown rice flour
  • 1 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 2 organic eggs
  • ½ cup soy milk (could use almond milk, rice milk or help milk)
  • 2 cups organic frozen corn
  • 1 red pepper diced finely
  • 6 scallions/spring onions finely chopped
  • 1 bunch freshly chopped cilantro/coriander leaves
  • 4 Tbsp cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 mashed avocados seasoned with lemon juice, sea salt and cracked pepper
  • 2 finely chopped organic  tomatoes

Beat the eggs and milk in your mixer for just a minute, and then sift in your flours, baking powder and paprika. Be very careful not to over work the ingredients or they will become runny. Gently fold in the vegetables and herbs until you have a batter. You might need to add in a little more white rice flour. Don’t make the mixture too thick or stiff as this will make the fritters too stodgy when cooked. Season the batter with sea salt and pepper to taste. Your snout might like a bit more heat – I have added a little chopped chilli with great success.

Fry the fritters in a skillet with a little bit of olive oil for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown. These make fantastic little nibbles served on a platter with some sweet chilli sauce dip. Or for a colourful easy starter, serve making little stacks by layering a paste of avocado and tomato between each fritter like a hamburger, and then serving on a bed of baby spinach leaves tossed with olive oil, lemon juice, and cracked pepper.

I sprinkle a bit of gomasio over them, and then drizzle with some home made Asian dressing or sweet chilli sauce.

We ate this for dinner the other night and our snouts were diving, not dipping. What a scrumptious blend of flavours!

I don’t know about you – but my snout is always happier when it is free to dive into the trough! Sometimes dipping is just not enough to feed the piggy in me….

Tip: select perfect avocados

A ripe avocado will have a dark brown/green skin that yields just a little under pressure. Place your thumb on the top of the avocado and it should have a slight give. Really soft avocados have an unpalatable flavour and the brown discolouration indicates the presence of free radicals. I always buy my avocados rock hard so that I can control the ripening process on my bench top. Then I can check them every day and get them “just right”. I buy rock hard avocados every day and have a rotation so that I have at least one that is perfect for consumption every day! To slow down the ripening process place the avocados in the fridge once they are ripe and they should keep for a few days.

Corn fritters are my favorite brunch item but I have never been able to order them gluten free at cafes. This was my first attempt at making them and it was an absolute treat. The taste is fresh and vibrant. I served them with bacon and a tomatoe & capsicum chutney. Thanks for the recipe.

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Awesome. So glad you enjoyed them.

Corn fritters bring back great childhood memories for me…summer bbq’s! Now that my daughter is Gluten intolerant, i can’t wait to try these and hopefully re-create some of that summer magic. Thanks for posting this. Your site is one of the better ones out there. Very impressive indeed. I will come back for more recipes i am sure.

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Thankyou for your lovely kind words. I really appreciate it. I’m glad you are enjoying the recipes.

These were yummy! Thanks for sharing

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I looooove corn fritters.! Thank you for sharing! You site is pretty good indeed!

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Love your uninspired recipe, I have a major corn lover in my life whose making a slow transition to total vegan-hood : ) is there a way to make these delicious sounding fritters totally vegan - minus the eggs? I know you can, I know you can! : )

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You could add some mashed beans into the mix.

Just started following you on Twitter and the first recipe I tried from your suggestion rocked. If the rest are as good as these corn fritters, I’ve found my new favorite recipe site. BTW, subed in egg replacement to make vegan!

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Hey Kim! Sorry about the delay in responding to you. I was travelling for work. Thanks Dennis for your lovely words. I hope you enjoy more of these quick easy recipes. To make these egg-free: you can use egg replacer as Dennis did. Or you can try a paste mixture of ground flaxseeds and filtered water. Oink Oink =)

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The avocado adds a kick that I would explain best as summer in your mouth.

Thank you time a billion!

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LOL! I LOVE that!
Thanks for the lovely feedback Carli.
I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe :)

Are the avocados mixed into the batter?  I have never heard of cooking avocados

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No, you don’t mix the avocados into the batter. You use the avocado paste to add to the patties once they’re cooked.

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