Stuart Brioza's corn cakes are puffy in the center and crispy at the edges, with lots of crunchy corn inside and melted cheese on top. He loves Mt. Tam, a triple-cream cow's milk cheese from California's Cowgirl Creamery; St. André is delicious here, too.
Recipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook
3 large ears of corn, shucked
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup finely chopped scallions
1/4 cup canola oil, plus more as needed
2 ounces triple-cream cheese, such as Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tamor St.
André, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Freshly ground black pepper
How to Make It
In a large saucepan of salted boiling water, cook the corn until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate and let cool completely, then cut the kernels off the cobs.
In a large bowl, beat the egg with the water. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder over the egg and whisk until a batter forms. Stir in the corn kernels and scallions.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat the 1/4 cup of canola oil until shimmering. Spoon a scant 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet for each pancake and cook over moderate heat until browned on the bottom, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the cakes and top each with a piece of cheese. Cook until the cheese just starts to melt and the corn cakes are cooked through, about 2 minutes longer. Transfer the corn cakes to a serving platter and season with black pepper. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve warm.
The batter can be refrigerated overnight. Stir in the corn and scallions before cooking.
Ripe, full-bodied California Chardonnay.
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