Mini Open-Faced Corn Cake and Salmon Salad Sandwich with Beluga Caviar

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
32 appetizer servings

Ingredients
  • For the Corn Cakes:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels, from 1 medium-size ear
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup masa harina flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning, recipe follows
  • For the Salmon Salad:
  • 1 (8-ounce) house-smoked salmon fillet, skin off
  • 6 large hard-boiled eggs
  • 1 tablespoon capers, finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon caper juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground white pepper
  • 1 (7-ounce) tin Beluga Caviar
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
Directions
For the Salmon Salad:

For the Corn Cakes: Heat the olive oil in a medium-size saute pan over medium heat. Add the corn, shallots, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper and cook, stirring, until the corn and shallots are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Combine the eggs and cream in a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend well. Add the cornmeal, flour, masa harina, baking powder, cayenne, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the water. Mix well. Fold in the corn-and-shallot mixture. Heat 1/2 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, gently drop the batter, 1 tablespoon at a time, into the pan. You can cook about 8 cakes at a time. Cook until the cakes are lightly golden on both sides, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Repeat until all of the oil and the batter are used up. Drain the cakes on paper towels. Sprinkle with the Creole seasoning.

For the Salmon Salad: In a mixing bowl, flake the salmon into small pieces. Chop the eggs and add to the salmon. Add the capers and caper juice. Mix well. Stir in enough mayonnaise to desired consistency. Mix well. Season with salt and pepper.

To assemble, spread a tablespoon of the salmon salad over each corncake. Place on a large platter. Top the salmon with the caviar. Garnish with chives.

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):

Combine all ingredients thoroughly. Yield: 2/3 cup


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