Smoky Sweetcorn Pepper Fritters
Sweetcorn fritters are always a treat. But have you tried smoky sweetcorn pepper fritters? They make a really cool side to any number of dishes, but they also stand up to being the star of the show and can be served as a delicious lunch with salad. The fritters are egg and dairy free, so suitable for vegans as well as vegetarians.
I got the idea for cooking fritters inside a ring of pepper from John Whaite’s recent book, A Flash in the Pan. You can find out about the book in my recent review and recipe for apricot whisky honey cheesecake. The recipe I’ve used for the fritters, however, is inspired by Mexican ingredients and flavours.
Mexican inspired food is one of my favourites. There’s so much vibrancy in the colours and ingredients and the flavours are bold. These smoky sweetcorn pepper fritters are made with sweetcorn, polenta, cumin and smoked chipotle chillies. We ate our smoky sweetcorn pepper fritters for lunch with lime pickled cucumbers and avocado to accentuate those Mexican flavours. They would also be perfect served as part of a celebratory Mexican vegetarian or vegan feast.
Smoky Sweetcorn Pepper Fritters
This recipe for smoky sweetcorn pepper fritters may look as though it’s a bit fiddly. But it really isn’t. It’s actually quite quick to make. I’ve used corn cobs in this recipe, just because they’re in season now and I happened to have a couple of them in need of using up. You can, however, use a can of drained sweetcorn instead. In my recipe for courgette sweetcorn fritters, I blended half of the sweetcorn to make the batter. But for this recipe chunky is best.
Think corn fritters with bells on. Bell peppers to be precise. Cut the peppers into rings. You should get five from each one. Pile the sweetcorn batter into the rings and shallow fry. You get a big sweet and smoky hit from the sweetcorn but it’s tempered a little by the pepper. The peppers help to hold the fritters together and it looks kind of cool too. They only take about four minutes to cook on either side.
The corn batter is very easy to make. You just need to stir the milk into the dry ingredients and then add the garlic, onion and sweetcorn.
Pack the batter into the pepper rings and fry. Flip the fritters over and cook on the other side. Don’t worry if the fritters get a little charred, it just adds to the smoky notes. When done, the sweetcorn batter should be cooked through and the peppers soft, although still holding their shape.
Hints, Tips & Substitutions
- The number of people served really depends on what sort of meal you’re intending. You could have 2 ½ each for a lunch for four, two each as a side or starter for five or one each for ten if it’s part of a larger feast.
- If you’re not vegan or trying to cut out dairy, you could add some feta cheese to the fritters. Alternatively, crumble some over the top once they’re cooked.
- The sweetcorn is already quite sweet, so it might be nice to use green peppers rather than red or orange ones. This would create a nice colour contrast too.
- Use a can of sweetcorn or cut the corn off two boiled cobs. For an extra smoky flavour, you can grill or barbecue the corn cobs in their husks.
- Fine polenta is best for this recipe. If you can’t get hold of any, however, you can substitute flour instead. If you do this, reduce the milk to 125ml and add it gradually. You’re looking for a thick spoonable batter, so you may not need all of it. Polenta is a lot more absorbent than flour.
- If you prefer your fritters to be less chunky, you can blitz the batter in a food processor or blender. I use a Froothie blender* for this as they are just fabulous.
- Enjoy the fritters on their own with salad. Or have them as part of a magnificent Mexican feast. Serve with any or all of the following: lettuce, guacamole, pickled cucumbers, tomato salsa, lime wedges, tortillas, marinaded and fried tofu, feta cheese, sour cream or refried beans.
- When you cut the peppers into rings, there will be some leftover bits. Either fry these alongside the fritters or add them to a salad to serve alongside. Alternatively, store in the fridge in a covered container to use for something else. They will keep for a couple of days.
Other Mexican Inspired Recipes You Might Like
- Chocolate pudding with chilli & lime mango
- Chocolate refried beans
- Corn spinach polenta triangels, refried beans & salsa
- Huevos rancheros with smashed avocado
- Mexican mole muffins
- Smoky Mexican bean soup
- Vegetarian enchiladas
- Veggie bean chilli
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Smoky Sweetcorn Pepper Fritters
- 30 g wholemeal flour
- 50 g fine polenta
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp ground cumin
- ¾ tsp chipotle chilli flakes
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 150 ml milk of your choice - (I used kefir)
- 1 clove garlic - finely chopped
- 2 spring onions or a handful of chives - sliced
- 2 large corn on the cobs or a 340g tin sweetcorn - drained
- 2 large bell peppers - colour of your choice
- 2 tbsp sunflower oil
- If using corn cobs, cook them in boiling water for ten minutes. Remove from the water and allow to cool and dry off a bit. Shuck the kernels off the cob with a knife.
- Whilst the cobs are cooking. Place all of the dry ingredients into a bowl. Make a well in the centre and pour the milk into the middle. Mix well, stirring from the inside out. Add the garlic and onions. Leave for a few minutes so that the polenta can soak up the liquid.
- Cut the peppers into rings - about 1 cm thick. You should get ten. Remove any seeds.
- Stir the sweetcorn into the batter.
- Heat a large non-stick frying pan to a medium heat. Add a little of the oil. Place as many of the peppers rings as can fit into the pan. Spoon a tenth of the batter into each ring, packing it in as tight as you can. Fry for four minutes. Flip the fritters over and fry for a further four minutes.
- Add more oil if necessary and repeat the process until all of the rings and batter are used up. You might not need to use all of the oil, it rather depends on how non-stick your frying pan is.
- Serve warm with any or all of the following: salad, guacamole, pickled cucumbers, tomato salsa, lime wedges, tortillas, marinaded and fried tofu, feta cheese, sour cream or refried beans.
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