Guess what? It's national corn fritter day! We love celebrating a comfort food this tasty so we've come up with an easy vegan recipe that has all the elements of a classic corn fritter. And we whipped up a spicy and tangy jalapeño cream to dip them in. You can thank us later!
** makes 12 fritters
jalapeño cream ingredients (makes about 1 cup):
3/4 C vegetable oil (sunflower or canola)
1/2 C unsweetened non-dairy milk
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp pickled jalapeño slices (5-6 slices)
1 garlic clove
1/2 tsp ground mustard
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground pepper
corn zucchini fritter ingredients:
2 C frozen corn, thawed and drained
1 1/2 C shredded zucchini (about 1 large zucchini)
1/4 C finely minced shallot
1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 C fine corn meal
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground pepper
1/4 C unsweetened non-dairy milk
2 to 3 tbsp vegetable oil (for frying)
To make the cream sauce place all the ingredients in a tall jar or container. Place an immersion blender into the contents of the jar and run it moving it slightly up and down for 30 seconds to 1 minute until slightly thicker and smooth. Alternatively you can use a store bought vegan mayonnaise and combine finely chopped jalapeños, minced garlic, apple cider vinegar, ground mustard, ground, pepper and sea salt into it. Add a small amount of non-dairy milk to thin it out if necessary. Refrigerate this for at least 1 hour before serving and the homemade version will thicken a little bit more once chilled.
To make the fritters place shredded zucchini in a strainer and coat with 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then squeeze the excess water out of the zucchini shreds into paper towel or a tea towel.
Break it up into shreds that should feel much dryer in a large mixing bowl and combine with corn, minced shallot, all-purpose flour, corn meal, nutritional yeast, another 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, ground pepper, smoked paprika, and nutmeg. Stir to combine well and once all the vegetables are nicely coated then stir in non-dairy milk and combine into a thick batter.
Heat a non-stick pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Use a scant 1/4 cup of batter for each fritter and shape into a patty with your hands.
Place 2 to 3 fritters in the pan at a time and fry about 2 minutes per side or until golden brown on both sides. Remove them from the pan and place onto paper towels to absorb any excess oil. You may need to add more vegetable oil to the pan once you've fried about half the fritters.
You may want to bake these instead... I have not tested this but I imagine it work just fine! I'm thinking a preheated 400 F oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly spray it with vegetable oil. Then place the formed fritters onto the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes flipping half way through bake time or until golden brown on the outside.