Savory Masa Corn Cakes with Green Chile, Cheese and Lime Crema

By • April 8, 2012 • 2 Comments

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Author Notes: I was recently introduced to the wonderful world of savory pancakes via Yotam Ottolenghi's _Plenty_. I grew up in Los Angeles, and am always seeking to expand my cooking repertoire with the Mexican flavors that infused my childhood. zindc

Makes 12-14 cakes

Masa cakes

  • 1 cup masa harina
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 2 ounces chopped green chile (1/2 a small can) or 1 roasted, peeled and chopped poblano
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons chopped scallions
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  1. Whisk together dry ingredients.
  2. Put eggs, 1 cup of milk, sour cream, oil and 3 tablespoons of the corn kernels in a blender and blend on high until liquified.
  3. Combine with dry ingredients and add enough of remaining 1 cup of milk until batter is desired consistency. (It will be fairly thick.)
  4. Stir in grated cheese, chopped green chile, cumin, scallions and cilantro.
  5. Spoon onto heated griddle and sprinkle 1Tbsp. of corn kernels on each cake before turning.

Lime Crema

  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 fresh whole lime, zest and juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. Combine all ingredients.

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about 2 years ago Crispini

I made these lovelies last night to raves from the guy contigent of the family. One of the attractions here is their delicious aroma while in the pan.The texture is very satisfying with the tooth of the surface and browned edges contrasting with the soft interior and the juicy corn kernels.
I converted them to gluten free by using Authentic Foods GF classical blend flour instead of wheat AP flour. And I also added some chopped shrimp- just poked the bits into the pancakes along with the corn kernels before flipping.
The lime crema added a bright contrast. A winner for a weeknight dinner!


about 2 years ago LE BEC FIN

this looks brilliant. I am intrigued to see what the texture will be like. Love all the components and the fact that there is grit and texture, creaminess and chew all layered in there. thx so much!