I love corn. I put it in chile and soups, in stir fry and salads. I eat it hot off the cob, drenched in butter and salt. I eat it popped. Does popcorn count as eating corn? I say it does.
Lately, I have also taken to quinoa. I have been searching for other ways to eat it beyond the Like Rice category. Usually, when I think of other ways to eat things one of two things are involved. The first is chocolate, and while the Internet is full of crazy, I’m not putting quinoa and chocolate together. Ahem. Yet. The second thing is cheese! Most things can be eaten with cheese. Quinoa, friends, is no exception.
These Quinoa Corn Cakes are a good mix of savoury with just the right sweet corn crunch. Also, now with cheese! You could eat these on a bun, or use them as a bun, or just forget about the bun and go to town with a fork. That’s what I did.
Quinoa Corn Cakes
1 cup uncooked quinoa
1/2 cup (or more if you’re crazy) shredded sharp cheddar
2 cobs corn
3 tbs flour
1/4 tsp cayenne
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 scallions (green onions, you know!)
1 carrot, grated
1. Cook your quinoa. To do this, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Toss in your quinoa and reduce the heat to low. Cook covered for 15 to 18 minutes or until the grains are tender. Fluff it up. Set it aside to cool while you get the rest of your life together.
2. Remove the niblets from the cob. Use a sharp knife. No messing around. If you fear slippage and possible finger amputation, put the cob end on a dish towel for non-slip support.
3. In a large bowl, combine the cooled quinoa and corn niblets with the rest of the ingredients. You are killing this!
4. Heat canola oil in a large non-stick frying pan. I used enough oil to barely cover the bottom of the pan.
5. Gently scoop mixture into hot pan using a 1/4 cup measure or scoop. You might find that you need to flatten the mixture a bit to ensure even cooking. Do this! Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes per side.
I ate my Quinoa Corncakes with fresh salsa, but they would be equally delicious with the hot sauce of your choosing or a healthy dollop of sour cream.