Sweet Corncakes with Mixed Pestos or Crab Filling
- Corn cakes:
- 3 ears corn
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 tablespoons flour
- Pinch sugar
- Pinch cumin (omit if making crabcakes)
- Pinch salt
- Cilantro pesto
- Broccoli pesto
- Crab filling:
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon minced scallion, white part only
- 1 teaspoon capers
- 1 tablespoon chives
- 1/2 pound lump crabmeat, shells removed
- Broccoli pesto:
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/4 cup grated imported Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup grated sharp Cheddar cheese
- Tiny pinch mace
- Steam the broccoli. Refrigerate to cool, about 15 minutes.
- In a food processor or blender, make a dense paste by blending the broccoli, Parmesan, and Cheddar. Add the mace and process again to distribute it throughout the pesto.
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high heat and plunge the corn into it. Cover, and when the corn returns to a boil, turn off the heat. Let the corn sit for 5 minutes.
Using tongs, lift out the corn and rinse with cold water to cool. Scrape the kernels off the cob, and put them into the work bowl of a food processor. Add the eggs and flour, and process in short pulses until the mixture is still coarse in texture but even in color and well-combined. Stir in the sugar, cumin if making plain corncakes, and salt.
If making plain corncakes, pour 3 tablespoons of batter into the pan or onto the griddle. When bubbles form on the surface and the bottom has browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, flip it over (using a nonmetallic spatula) to brown the other side, about 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer to a warm plate and cover with foil to keep warm, and repeat until you've used up all the batter. Serve each corncake spread with one of the pestos and/or garnished with sour cream, yogurt cheese, and salsa, if you'd like.
If making crabcakes, pour 3 tablespoons of batter into the pan or onto the griddle, and when bubbles form on the side and the bottom is lightly browned, about 4 minutes, place a generous spoonful of Crab Filling in the center.
Cover the filling with another 3 tablespoons of corn batter. Using a nonmetallic spatula, carefully flip the corncake to cook the other side until brown, about another 4 minutes. Transfer the corncake to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm. Serve the crabcakes garnished with sour cream, yogurt cheese, alfalfa sprouts, cherry tomatoes, and/or slivers of ripe avocado.Crab filling: Broccoli pesto:
Cilantro pesto: 1 cup minced fresh cilantro 1/4 cup grated imported Parmesan cheese 1/2 garlic clove, grated 1/2 cup nonfat or part-skim ricotta cheese 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1/2 jalapeno pepper, roasted, peeled, and seeded
Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Process to make a smooth, dense paste