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Recipe

Corn Cakes With Caviar And Traditional Garnishes

  • Yield: About 32 cakes (3 to 4 per serving).

Ingredients

  • 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 blakc pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup masa harina flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 14/ cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • Christmas Caviar Sauce
  • Garnishes: 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 2-hard boiled egg yolks, finely chopped
  • 2 hard boiled egg whites, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • One 7-ounce tin caviar

Directions

  • Heat the olive oil in the 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. Removes 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 oil in a large nonstick saute pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot, but not smoking, gently drop the batter, a tablespoon at a time, into the pan. You can cook about eight cakes at a time. Cook until the cakes are lightly golden on each side. Repeat until all of the oil and the batter are used up.
  • Drain the cakes on paper towels. Sprinkle witht the Creole seasoning and serve warm with caviar sauce, accompanied with a tray of garnishes. These can also be prepared in advance and passed around on trays.