At the height of fresh corn season, these vegan corn fritters can be served as a tasty side dish or better yet, as an out-of-the-ordinary appetizer. Made with cornmeal or chickpea flour, they’re good served warm or at room temperature and enhanced with a tasty cilantro and tomatillo salsa.
These corn fritters go down easy, especially if you wash them down with margaritas or mojitos!
About tomatillos and tomatillo salsa: If your CSA or local farm market is bursting with tomatillos (their season is roughly mid-summer to early fall, depending on where you live) you can start by making fresh tomatillo salsa (salsa verde), but since the sauce for this recipe calls for just 1/2 cup of it to enhance the corn fritters, feel free to start with salsa verde from a jar. It’s available anywhere you’d find tomato salsa — the supermarket, natural foods stores and specialty groceries.
Recipe adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen by Nava Atlas. Photos by Susan Voisin, FatFreeVegan.com.
Cilantro tomatillo salsa
- 1/2 cup tomatillo salsa, homemade (see link in Notes) or from a jar
- 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, very finely chopped
- Juice of 1/2 to 1 lime, to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 medium ears fresh uncooked corn
- 1/2 cup light spelt or almond flour
- 1/2 cup cornmeal or chickpea flour
- 2 scallions, chopped
- 1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 small fresh hot chili pepper, seeded and minced, optional
- Oil for frying
- Place the ingredients for the sauce in a small serving bowl and stir together.
- Break each ear of corn in half; stand on the flat end, and scrape the kernels off with a sharp knife.
- Combine the corn kernels with the remaining ingredients except the oil in a food processor. Pulse on and off until the corn is finely minced but not pureed.
- Heat enough oil to coat a large skillet or griddle. When really hot, ladle the corn batter onto the skillet to form 2 1/2 to 3 inch rounds (this will be a scant 1/4 cup of batter). Cook over medium heat until golden brown on each side. Transfer each batch to a paper towel-lined plate. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
- To serve, place the sauce in the center of a platter and surround with the fritters. Place a small spoon in the sauce so that everyone can spread a bit on their fritters.
Here's a recipe for Fresh Tomatillo Salsa.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 182mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 5gSugar: 7gProtein: 8g
Nutrition data is always an estimate depending on program used to calculate and exact products used. This is given for informational purposes only and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.
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