Whenever I am hosting a get-together or just dinner with friends I always want to make sure my guests have options that suit their dietary choices. When you get a bunch of varied palates together that can make for a LOT of food. But you will never leave my house hungry. This I promise you!
My mom is gluten free and a vegetarian so on Mother’s Day I always want to make sure that there are fun things for her to eat. Because her diet is pretty restrictive I don’t think she cooks elaborate meals for herself regularly. I’d be the same way. I cook every night for my family but if I was only cooking for myself every night my rotation would probably be: pizza, salad, pizza, salad.
On Mother’s Day you treat your mother well so I made sure I had plenty of fruit, I amended my Sugar Cookie Birthday Bars to make them gluten free, had a fun avocado/feta dip, and made her favorite corn cakes.
The corn cakes are a copy cat recipe of a Cheesecake Factory appetizer but I’ve modified the recipe to my liking.
Now, this is a bit of a labor of love to make. You not only need to make the corn cakes, you need to make the toppings too. But it is SOO worth it. Trust me.
I usually make the toppings a day or two in advance but you certainly don’t need to.
Note: This yields approx. 6 Corn cakes. I usually make a double batch.
Salsa Verde: 2 tomatillos , diced 4 ounces mild green chilies , 1 green onion , 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro , minced 1 1/4 teaspoons granulated sugar 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 pinch ground black pepper
Tomato Salsa: I have made my own before but honestly, you use such a little bit, just go with your favorite store bought.
Southwestern Sauce: 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, 1 teaspoon water, 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp onion powder, 1 dash salt, 1 dash garlic powder
Corn Cakes: 1 1/2 cups sweet corn, 1/2 cup butter (softened), 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 cup corn masa harina flour (corn flour), 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (I used rice flour).
Toppings: 1/4 cup sour cream, 1/2 avocado, chopped 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
Salsa Verde: Mix all ingredients in food processor, set aside.
Southwestern Sauce: Mix all ingredients, set aside.
Corn cakes: Blend 1 cup of the corn with the butter, sugar, and salt in a food processor. Move the ingredients to a bowl. Add the corn flour, remaining corn and flour and blend well. Form into patties. Pro tip: I will do all of this in advance. I make the patties, separate by wax paper and will leave in the fridge overnight.
Add 2 tablespoons of canola oil to a pan and heat onto medium high. Make sure the pan is hot before adding the patties. Cook the patties for 3-5 minutes or until browned, flip and continue to cook until browned.
I assemble a bit different from the original recipe. The southwestern sauce is the best topping so I make that my base on the corn cake.
From bottom to top I use this layering system:
Corn cake -> Southwestern Sauce -> dollop of Salsa Verde -> dollop of Tomato Salsa -> drizzle of sour cream -> chopped avocado -> cilantro
The result tastes kind of like corn bread but sweet and crunchy. The toppings have a little bit of kick but aren’t too hot. It’s the perfect combo.
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