Monday, May 17, 2010

Thai Style Corn Pancakes - Mark Bittman

Starting Tuesday evening, will be the Jewish holiday of Shavuot.  This means, I am in cooking mode, although way behind where I should be.  I can be so non-traditional when it comes to Jewish cooking.  My guess is that there will be lots of chicken dishes and kugels.  I started off with Thai Corn Pancakes, not your typical holiday food.  I have had a desire for corn, for days, and for some strange reason, I have three bags of frozen corn, in the freezer and it has to be used. 

I have a number of corn fritter recipes which are good but I was looking for something a little different so when I saw Thai Style, I knew I was home.  This comes from Mr. Bittman's book, How to Cook Everything Vegetarian: Simple Meatless Recipes for Great Food.

Every corn fritter, I have made has had sugar in it and even when it is not called for, I add a little but not with this recipe.  If I am going to follow a Bittman recipe, I will try to stay as true, as I can.  (It did not need the sugar)

I think, what made this so good, is that the eggs are separated and it has some heat to it. 

I guess, every recipe has a story, and this is no different.  I had cooked two batches of the pancakes and was happy with that extra height, coming from the beaten egg whites.   It is important to be gentle with this batter so as not to lose this.  My hubby, who is one of those men, who always helps, when necessary.  He will throw a wash in the washing machine, do dishes, vacuum.  He is great.  Sometimes, he helps when I don't want him to and that is what happened. 

I had a cake in the oven, at the same time, I was making the pancakes and I muttered something like, "I have to take the cake out."  Harmless, one would think.  He asked if he could get the cake for me and I said no because I wanted to check it for doneness.  Then, he offered to make some more pancakes and I said, he did not know how to do it and went to get the cake.  When I stood up, there he was, beating the mixture in the bowl with a heartiness, you would not believe - you know that batter that should be gently handled.

Bottom line - Maybe it does not have to be handled so gently or maybe, I screeched early enough to save it but the pancakes turned out fine.

Thai Style Corn Pancakes  (ever so slightly adapted)


2 eggs, separated

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 chopped scallion

1/2 teaspoon hot paprika

2 cups frozen corn,

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1/4 cup all-purpose flour  (I used gluten free rice flour mix)

3 to 4 tablespoons canola oil, as needed

Combine the egg yolks, scallions, hot paprika, corn, soy sauce, and flour in a large bowl.

Mix everything together and season well with salt and pepper.

Beat the egg whites in a different bowl until they are stiff and form peaks.

Slowly and gently fold the egg whites into the corn mixture. You want the whites to be loosely folded in with the rest of the ingredients so they do not lose any of their airiness.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When the butter or oil is hot, spoon in pancake-sized dollops into the pan, around 4 to 6 at a time.  (I got six in my electric fry pan, each time and made one jumbo one, for the fun of it.  These would make great crepes.  I will have to try making them.)

Cook each pancake until they are nicely browned on one side, around 3 to 5 minutes, and then turn and brown on the other side.

Add additional oil as needed in between each batch until you have cooked all of your corn mixture.

Drain on paper towels.

I would serve these plain although Bittman gives choices of sauces or just a squirt of lime.  I would also add some more heat, whether it be additional hot paprika or chili powder of cayenne. 

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  1. I wish I had one of those right now Chaya! They look so good! I agree with you that I would eat them plain. I don't think they would need a thing! Thanks for sharing this awesome post! :)

  2. Yummy! Wonderful post...thanks for sharing!

  3. I really love savory pancakes Chaya! The flavors in this are delicious! Still giggling over hubby...

  4. These look particularly yummy with the whole corn. Great recipe!

  5. These sound delicious. I would happily eat a plate of those all by myself :o)

  6. Ah shucks, he was just trying to help! :)

    These look great, I am for sure going to try them, thanks!

  7. These look so great! Thanks for sharing on Just Another Meatless Monday!

  8. I love corn cakes...and these flavors are so delicious! YUM :)

  9. Corn fritters are one of our favorites and so is Mark Bittman. I have quite a few of his cookbooks, but not the Vegetarian one. My husband said just the other day he would like to either have corn fitters or cornmeal pancakes soon. He loves both. Thanks for Mark's recipe.

    I'll take a look into Foodierama recommended by Girlichef. Sounds exciting.

  10. Ooo, yummy!I'm going to make these SOON! I've been making a lot of patty's lately as a side dish (The Boy eats SO MUCH!) I'd be happy with a cup of rice and veggies but The Boy must be fed :) And these sure look tasty. I'll let you know when I make them!

    ~Aubree Cherie

  11. So cute that your husband likes to help. My husband is a nervous wreck in the kitchen with me. I won't let him touch anything.

    This is a great recipe and they look fantastic, even it the batter was beaten vigorously.

  12. Chaya: I have the same book and LOVE it but there are just too many recipes to choose from in it.
    I'm going to give the thai cakes a try. YOu made them sound so good.

  13. I love all ur Bittmans recipes and sure wanna make them all:-)
    I have a world of MB on ur blog and maybe wont miss his books that muc:-))
    Actually since the day i met LITTLE B [ remember i told u about her,adorable], i have become veggie, jus automatically, jus cant eat meats and when i tried ,i dont wanna regale my exprnce here:-)

    Maybe i'll be fine in a few days but i dont feel like im missing out on any thing:-)))

    Had to whip up dinner last min today coz somply could relish the portuguese baked chicken:-))

    I love the addition of sugar2 sav dishes, jus a tsp or less or more:-)
    try to use local ,organic brown sugar ,whenever possible ,but love what it does to the dish, like my dear SweetSav!!!

  14. How delicious looking Chaya! I am going to save this and have it for lunch some day. Good share.

  15. um, delish!!!!! Thanx you for the recipe, I will be making these!

  16. Yum! These look awesome. I would love to have a crispy corn fritter right about now. Thanks for sharing them at my blog today.


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