Corn and Cheddar Fritters with Sauteed Tomatoes

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Corn and Cheddar Fritters with Sauteed Tomatoes

Fresh summer vegetables and cheese enrobed in an easy buttermilk-cornmeal batter make a terrific meatless main course. Serve with a salad of romaine hearts with chickpeas and a lemon-yogurt dressing.


Corn and Cheddar Fritters with Sauteed Tomatoes


2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more as needed

1/2 red onion, finely chopped

1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped

Corn kernels cut from 1 large ear

Coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

2/3 cup (3.5 oz./105 g.) cornmeal

3 Tbs. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. sugar

1/4 tsp. plus 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1/8 tsp. baking soda

1/2 cup (4 fl. oz./125 ml.) buttermilk

1 large egg

1 cup (3.5 oz./105 g.) finely diced or shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

2 Tbs. minced fresh basil, plus small leaves for garnish

10-12 oz. (315-375 g.) grape or cherry tomatoes, halved


In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add 1/2 of the onion and all of the bell pepper and saute until they begin to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the corn and season with salt and pepper. Saute until the corn begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool.


In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal, flour, sugar, 1/8 teaspoon of the cayenne, baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon salt; stir to blend. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk and egg; beat with a fork to blend. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined. Fold in the sauteed vegetables, cheese and the 2 tablespoons basil.


In a clean frying pan over medium heat, warm 1 tablespoon oil. Add the remaining 1/2 cup onion and saute until it begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, and saute until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl. Stir in the remaining 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, and then cover to keep warm.


In a clean large frying pan over medium heat, warm a thin film of olive oil. Working in batches and adding more oil as needed, use a 1/4-cup (2-fl. oz./60-ml.) measure to add the batter to the pan. Cook until golden, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a warmed platter, and cover to keep warm. Divide the fritters between 2 warmed plates. Spoon the tomato mixture over the fritters, garnish with small basil leaves, and serve right away. Makes about 8 fritters; serves 2.


Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Fresh & Fast CookbookFind more simple, seasonal weeknight recipes in our cookbook Weeknight Fresh + Fast, by Kristine Kidd.

4 comments about “Corn and Cheddar Fritters with Sauteed Tomatoes

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  2. Andrea

    I made this tonight with garden and farmer’s market veggies and it was wonderful! I halved the cheese to cut down on calories and it didn’t seem to be lacking in flavor at all. I’ll be making this recipe again!


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