Ranchero Corn Cakes

Recipe courtesy Lauren Beth Walker for 2011 Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
Show: The Perfect 3 Episode: Pancakes
TOTAL TIME: 50 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 30 min
 
YIELD: about 10 corn cakes; 8 servings
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

PICO DE GALLO:
  • 4 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
    CORN CAKES:
      TOPPINGS:
      • Cooking spray or butter
      • 10 eggs
      • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
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      Directions

      Preheat an oven to 200 degrees F for keeping pancakes warm.

      For the pico de gallo: In a medium bowl, combine the tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno cilantro lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste; set aside.

      For the corn cakes: Combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, chili powder, Cheddar cheese, corn, jalapeno, egg, milk, and oil in a bowl. Heat griddle or skillet to medium heat.

      Use cooking spray or butter to grease skillet to prevent sticking. Ladle about a 1/3 cup of the corn cake batter into the skillet. When one side is golden brown, about 3 minutes, then flip and cook the other side. Repeat. Transfer the cooked corn cakes to a baking sheet in the warm oven while cooking the eggs.

      Wipe out your skillet or griddle. Grease the skillet again and place over medium heat. Crack the eggs into the pan and cook until the whites are set and the yolks are set to desired doneness. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup of the pico de gallo and 1 cup shredded cheese. Cover the pan with foil or a lid to melt the cheese.

      To serve, top each corn cake with a cooked cheesy egg and serve with the extra pico de gallo on the side.

      Cook's Note: Making the corn cake savory and spicy makes their flavor very unique.

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      • on July 31, 2011

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        This is a simple yet creative dish that forces you to enoy eating. The combination of ingredients excited my tastebuds like no other breakfast treat I'd ever had and the different textures made each bite excting. The corncakes make this a hearty and filling breakfast dish but the egg topped with freshly diced onions, tomatoes and jalepenos lighten the load and take it over the top. You can tell when someone takes great pride in their cooking by the creativity and time they take in preparation. Lauren is a dear friend so maybe I'm biased in my review but it still takes a lot to impress me. Great recipe!

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