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Fresh Corn Cakes

Fresh Corn Cakes

Posted by Anthony on June 30, 2017 in Side


Serves: 4-6

Time: 20-30 min

Difficulty: Easy

Last night, along with the new Strawberry Lemonade Sangria that I made, my wife and I were in the mood for some BBQ Kebabs. But I also wanted to try out a new recipe for a side dish, and ultimately landed on a recipe for Fresh Corn Cakes. I ended up making them without the “summer salsa” that the original recipe called for, opting instead to top with diced tomatoes, corn, and shredded lettuce. While I think the summer salsa from the original recipe would be delicious, I don’t think I missed it too much with just the tomatoes, corn, and lettuce. If you’re in the mood for a fresh way to use some corn this summer, give this recipe a shot. You’ll be glad you did!

Ingredients

  1. 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
  2. 1/2 c. cornmeal
  3. 2 tsp. baking powder
  4. 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  5. 1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  6. 1 c. light sour cream
  7. 2 large eggs, beaten
  8. 1 1/4 c. fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  9. 2 tbsp. olive oil, divided

Directions

  1. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine sour cream, eggs, and 1 tbsp. oil, and mix until smooth.
  3. Add the sour cream mixture and corn to the dry mixture, stirring until just combined.
  4. Heat remaining oil in a large nonstick griddle over medium-high heat.
  5. Divide the corn mixture into 8-12 equal portions (depending on how large you want each one), shaping into a patty.
  6. Add patties to the griddle and cook for 4-6 minutes per side, until browned and toasted.
  7. Serve topped with summer salsa (from original recipe), diced tomatoes and lettuce, salsa, etc.

Notes

As mentioned above, I ended up making the recipe without the summer salsa specified in the original recipe source. And if you’d like, since the cakes might be a bit dry for your liking, a dollop of sour cream or cottage cheese helps to keep each bite moist and equally as flavorful. It pairs perfectly with something like BBQ Kebabs, and I imagine it serves as a suitable side for pretty much anything grilled, especially if BBQ sauce is involved. However you top it and serve it, the end result is a delicious and fresh taste of summer that’s sure to please.

Bon Appétit!

 

Mexican Rice

Mexican Rice

Posted by Anthony on March 1, 2017 in Side


Serves: 4

Time: 30 min

Difficulty: Easy

I like to make a lot of Mexican dishes, and find myself coming back to using this recipe for Mexican Rice a lot. It’s simple and straightforward, and is a wonderful, flavorful addition to many Mexican dishes.
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Brie and Jam Crescent Roll Bites

Brie and Jam Crescent Roll Bites

Posted by Anthony on November 14, 2015 in Side


Serves: 8

Time: 15 min (active), 20 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

A few days ago, I was making a “small plates” style dinner for my wife and I, and was inspired to make some brie as an appetizer. A friend of ours had told us about a recipe she had made, involving wrapping crescent rolls around Brie and jam. After looking at the recipe, I decided to try my own variation on it by making individual crescent rolls stuffed with Brie and jam, rather than one big serving. And since this was a new recipe for me, it was a perfect chance to add another entry into my 50 in 15 Challenge.

I have to admit, the end result was nothing short of phenomenal. These bad boys are easy to make, and are perfectly creamy and utterly delicious. They’re a perfect appetizer for a meal, offering a creamy and sweet addition to the menu. Trust me when I say that you really need to make these for yourself — you’ll be glad you did!

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Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Vegetable Sushi Rolls

Posted by Anthony on September 4, 2015 in Entree, Side


Serves: 5 Rolls

Time: 1–1.5 hrs

Difficulty: Medium

Today, I was really craving some vegetable sushi rolls. As it happened, I had some spare time in the evening, and being in an experimental mood (and wanting an additional recipe for my 50 in 15 Challenge), I decided to try my hand at making some myself. I had absolutely no idea where to start, so I did what 99% of people do — I turned to Google. Luckily, I found a lot of websites that had step-by-step instructions for how to make sushi rolls. The one I ended up using as my go-to guide was Vegetarian Sushi for Beginners: How to Create a Basic Sushi Roll. While I stuck to the instructions religiously, I did make one change as I swapped out the cream cheese for asparagus. But other than that, I did everything the same.

I must admit that I was hesitant to try my hand at sushi. For one, I didn’t have a bamboo rolling mat, and ended up using a piece of wax paper instead. Also, I’m notorious for over-filling dishes that get wrapped or rolled, like burritos, ravioli, calzones, etc. Despite any hesitation and fear that I had going in, I must say that after all was said and done, I was absolutely floored with the result. It took time and patience to make these rolls, but it was definitely worth it. They are flavorful and delicious, and are a great healthy meal (or side). If you’re a fan of sushi, give these a try. I think you’ll be pleased with the results!

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Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Pao de Queijo (Brazilian Cheese Puffs)

Posted by Anthony on August 8, 2015 in Side


Serves: 12

Time: 10 min (active), 20 min (inactive)

Difficulty: Easy

The other night, I was in the mood for some culinary exploration, and decided to do a “small plates” meal for my wife and I. While searching for ideas and inspiration, I stumbled upon a recipe for Pao de Queijo on the Spice or Die website. Admittedly, I had never even heard of Pao de Queijo. But after reading the post and recipe on Spice or Die, I knew I had to give the recipe a whirl. The end result was nothing short of phenomenal. Each puff was light, airy, and deliciously cheesy. If you’re looking for a nice light and cheesy side dish and/or appetizer for your next meal, look no further. This one is a definite winner!

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