Our summer seems to be lingering on,
which is really good for our produce.
My garden is still pumping out jalapeños and I'm trying my best to use them all.
I am not complaining,
I am just trying really hard not to let these little jewels go to waste.
The best part is, though, is that I will have jalapeños throughout the winter.
I've made candied jalapeños, jalapeño pepper jelly, pickled jalapeños, jalapeño poppers, and roasted jalapeños to make chipolte peppers in adobo, just to name a few (hopefully I will share the other recipes soon).
Now, back to the recipe.
The husband brought home some delicious sweet corn at the store the other day.
I didn't really want to make grilled corn,
so I thought about corn cakes.
I needed a tailgating recipe and jalapeño poppers came to mind,
so I just combined the two and this recipe came to be.
Topped with my spicy ranch dip,
I had a definite winner.
Jalapeño Popper Corn Cakes with Spicy Ranch Dip
2 jalapeño peppers, seeds removed and minced
4 ears corn, kernels cut (about 2 cups)
1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
3 green onions, minced
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
zest and juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons canola oil for frying
for the Spicy Ranch Dip:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream or buttermilk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dill
1 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
6-8 dashes of tabasco sauce
Whisk all of the ingredients together and store in a sealed container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.
In a large bowl, combine the peppers, corn, cheeses, bacon, onions, flour, egg, spices, and lime juice and zest. Mix well. Heat the oil in a heavy duty pan over medium heat. Use approximately 1/4 cup of mixture to make cakes and fry until golden brown. About 3-4 minutes each side.
(Watch out--some of the corn may pop out of the pan while cooking--my dogs loved this!!)
Top with spicy ranch dip and serve warm.
I've got to share this.
Our oldest daughter and son-in-law have a cat named Kittle and they are overly obsessed with her.
This is a picture that they sent us Sunday afternoon.