Watching an episode of "The Best Thing I Ever Ate - Crunchy" on the Food Network, I was inspired to try my hand at making these little morsels of crunchy delight called Corn Fritters.
As this is a restaurant dish I'm trying to replicate, the exact amount of each ingredient used was not shown in the clip, so I'm just 'winging' it here.
2 corns of cob (or 1 1/2 cups freshly cut corn kernels)
1 stalk (US) celery
1 medium onion
5 sprigs spring onions
3 cloves garlic
5 - 8 tbsp plain flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
Cut the corn kernels from the 2 corns of cob. You should end up with about 1 1/2 cups of corn kernels (or you can buy the corn kernels that are already cut up for you). I use this bi-colour sweet corn which costs a little bit more (RM3.50 for one but has a sweeter taste) than the normal ones.
Dice up all the other vegetables - the celery, onion, spring onions and garlic.
Throw all the diced up vegetables into a large bowl, mix it around and season to taste.
Put in one beaten egg and 5 - 8 tbsp of plain flour. The one here was done with 5 tbsp of flour but it didn't come out as crunchy as I had expected. So, I think some tweaking needs to be done with the egg to flour ratio. Also, as eggs comes in 3 grade sizes, it really depends on the size of the egg that you're using. My suggestion would be to just 'eyeball' it - just add more flour until the mix is no longer wet.
Your mixture is now ready to be turned into Corn Fritters. Just put a spoonful of the mix into hot oil and fry till golden brown.
Dish up the fried corn fritters and drain on paper towels.
And here's my homemade fried Corn Fritters that turned out pretty tasty but not as crunchy as I had hoped. The burst of sweetness when you bite into the crunchy corn + the crunch of the other vegetables makes this a tasty treat indeed.
And that was the happy part......
.....now comes the sad part T_T
You know what happens when corn comes into contact with heat, right? Well....they pop (obviously)...that's why they're called.....popcorn, people!!! So, guess what happens when you put corn into hot oil, well, they pop too....plus oil will splatter all over. Needless to say, I got some splatters of oil on my hands and lots of splatters of oil all over my kitchen.....what a mess!
What was I thinking? I should have known better than to try to replicate a dish cooked by a professional chef in a professional kitchen. It's not a dish that I would recommend you to try but I decided (still) to put it on my blog for the "pain" I suffered making it! Safe to say that would be my first....and last time making it :( But, at least, I got to eat it...once!! I think I should leave this in the hands of capable professionals and not mess with it.
So, try it.....if you dare...or if you want a challenge...or if you like "pain"...or you're just plain mad :D :D :D
Serves 3 - 4 (you can get about 20 pcs of corn fritters)