I had it in my head that sweetcorn fritters were a deep south of America kind of thing that should be eaten while drinking iced tea, listening to blues and saying ‘y’all’ in a cringy attempt at an southern accent. But I spent a month in America and came across these nowhere. Which was a bit of a disappointment but hasn’t stopped me loving them.
The coleslaw I pretty much made up to satisfy a craving for red cabbage (I know, really weird) with random stuff I had in the cupboard. But unlike so many of my more experimental recipes it actually makes a delicious combination.
The fritters and coleslaw on their own are just the right size for a lunch or light dinner but add some fried chicken and you’ve got a proper meal. I just don’t really cook meat for myself very often.
Serves 2 (2 fritters each)
Ingredients for the fritters
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoon cooking oil
4 tablespoons milk
75g self-raising flour
184g tin sweetcorn
Salt and pepper
Hot sauce to serve
Ingredients for the coleslaw
Half a small red cabbage
Small bunch of parsley
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
Splash balsamic vinegar
Finely chop the onion and garlic and fry until soft with 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Remove from the heat.
Beat the eggs, milk and flour into a smooth batter. Mix in the sweetcorn, onions, garlic and seasoning.
Preheat the oven to 50°C.
Heat a small amount of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and once the oil is hot add a ladle of batter. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Remove from the pan, wrap in foil and put in the oven to keep warm. Repeat until you run out of batter.
While the fritters are frying make the coleslaw. Peel the carrot and then use the vegetable peeler to make thin ribbons.
Finely slice the red cabbage, chop the parsley and mix together with the carrot, fennel seeds, olive oil, honey and vinegar.
Serve with hot sauce, iced tea and a Creedance Clearwater Revival CD, preferably on a ranch in Louisiana.