Fact: I love spicy food. Fact: I love cheddar cheese. Fact: I love cornmeal pancakes. Fact: I’m eating this right now and couldn’t be happier.
I think the key to this recipe is the method of chopping the jalapenos…it’s got to be small because guess what? We’re leaving all of the seeds and veins and spicy stuff in there! And I’m not about to lift my hand to my eyes only to find out that nothing but extreme pain is there to great me. Use your food processor/Ninja/Magic Bullet/whatever – it’s ok to take a little help on this one.
Here’s the deal: I spent literally HOURS yesterday trying to figure out what to do with the insane quantity of bananas sitting on my kitchen counter. I just knew I had to make something with them, but had no idea what. The moment I got home I started scrounging through the fridge to find something banana-y to pair them with, when all of a sudden I spotted a jalapeno on it’s last legs. Frantically I looked for cheddar cheese and got busy.
These corn cakes are fantastic! I would eat them for any meal, but am currently enjoying one with a fried egg on top. You could also eat them next to chili or chicken tortilla soup, as a snack, using them as “bread” for sandwiches, or even with a little syrup and some bacon on the side. The world’s your
jalapeno corn cake oyster with these bad boys.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 cup cornmeal
- 1 heaping Tbsp brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup milk (I used nonfat cow’s milk)
- 2 Tbsp melted butter, plus 2 Tbsp more to grease the pan
- 1 large jalapeno
- 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
In a food processor, pulse the jalapeno (minus the stem) with the cheddar cheese til it’s finely chopped. Set aside. In a large bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, brown sugar, and salt and whisk together. Whisk in the egg, milk, and melted butter. Fold in the jalapeno-cheddar mixture. Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) on medium low heat. Melt the remaining butter in the skillet, then pour the batter in, about 1/3 cup for each cake. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side til golden brown.
Serve whichever way you like, but just EAT!