October 27, 2010

Perfect Party Bites

Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa.


This is my last post before Halloween night. I wanted to squeeze in one more party food before the weekend!

I'll be extremely busy the next few days prepping food, finishing the decorations, deciding what to wear... Seriously, what is my problem this year? I always have my costume picked out MONTHS in advance. This year? No clue. It will be thrown together exciting to say the least!


Certain flavors just SCREAM fall. Pumpkin, acorn squash, apples, caramel, maple...corn. Some people think of corn as a summer food, but to me, corn is for fall. In my mind corn symbolizes "harvest". So as my last little nibble for the Halloween Extravaganza, I give you Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa!

These babies are extremely versatile. They make perfect little party bites, but could also be made as 4 inch cakes for a hearty side dish, a vegetarian meal, or the base of a savory south-west breakfast! They taste great warm and at room temperature, and the citrus in the salsa does a fine job of keeping the avocado green throughout the course of the evening! You could actually make the corn cakes hours, even a couple days before. Then reheat them for your event.

Check out this gorgeous serving set from Villeroy & Boch.
It's part of their "Urban Nature" line!
Have a Spook-Tacular (and safe) Halloween weekend!

Sommer


Jalapeno Corn Cakes with Avocado Salsa

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
2 Tbs. sugar
1 Tb. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
Pepper to taste
2 cups corn, fresh or frozen, roughly chopped
1 jalapeño, diced
2 eggs
1 cup milk
3 Tb. melted butter

3 large ripe avocados, chopped
1 small red pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped green onions
3 tomatoes, diced
2 clove garlic, mined
3 Tbs. cilantro
1 jalapeño, diced
½ lime, juiced
3 Tb. olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste


Combine all dry ingredients for the corn cakes, in a large bowl.


Whisk well, then add everything else—butter last, stirring continuously until smooth. Heat a skillet (or griddle) to medium-high.


Brush (or spray) both skillets with oil or butter. Using a tablespoon scoop; pour corn cake mixture in the other skillet cooking 1-2 minutes per side. Work in small batches.


While the corn cakes are cooking, mix all the ingredients for the avocado salsa.


Serve the corn cakes with a small scoop of salsa on top, or pile them on a platter with the salsa on the side!



Make 50-60 corn cakes.

* If making as a side dish, use a 1/4 cup scoop!

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62 comments:

  1. Oh you make me feel like getting into that halloween mood too. It's my BF's birthday (oct 31 st too) and his parents are coming from France so I really need to cook, and this is really a perfect snack. Gorgeous photos!

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  2. Most of my dishes are Villeroy & Boch. You should fly home with me one day and come to Metlach to their factory sale. Just wonderful!
    What a wonderful idea to use spicy little pancakes as an appetizer. I am sure they are very tasty with the avocado salsa.

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  3. This is a great appetizer to serve before a friendly dinner as well. I love it!

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  4. Great recipe and great Halloween spirit :)

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  5. I love those serving dishes. And these little pancakes are a marvelous and delicious idea. Another bookmarked!

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  6. I love jalapenos!!!! This looks really delicious!

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  7. Yet another recipe I am bookmarking as "To Try". I love the idea of jalapeno mini cakes! Have I mentioned how much I love this site?

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  8. These look like a great party food, and something many of my friends would totally love. Have a great Halloween!

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  9. These look adorable! I think of corn as a good summer/fall veg though it's not as common in fall dishes. You should totally serve this at your party :)

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  10. Those look and sound wonderful!

    I tagged you and gave you an award over at my sight.

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  11. Your corn cakes couldn't be more perfect !!! With your permission, I will use it for some Argentinian preparation (I will link you!)
    Have a great Halloween weekend !! Nothing special here...sniff sniff!!!

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  12. YUM...can't wait to try this. I need an appetizer for a party Sat night...will try them!

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  13. What a wonderful, Halloween-perfect recipe (or for any day of the year in my book.) Thanks so much for sharing and best of luck with your costume. Oh - and Happy Halloween:)

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  14. I have quite a few Villeroy & Boch pieces as well! Your serving dish is absolutely stunning! Love this recipe and will be bookmarking it! Your corn cakes look perfect and your pictures make me want to reach out and grab a few! Beautiful :o)
    Happy Halloween! Hope you have a blast this weekend!

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  15. What a nice little appetizer for a party! Have a great Halloween. :)

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  16. Mmm!! An excellent appetizer! I'm headed to a party on Saturday as well, actually did pick out my costume early this year, we are Tacky Hawaiian Tourists! I'm a bit of a food snob and don't do well at buffets... the best part of this one is that the t-shirt to the costume says 'Which way to the buffet?" It will be funny.
    These spicy cakes are perfect! I may switch what I'm bringing and do these! Thanks, good luck with your costume!

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  17. Awwww...they look so cute and delicious. Lovely idea, Love that they are a little spicy. Have a great Halloween Sommer. :-)

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  18. What a perfectly delicious party food! I'm not having a party, but I am making these for sure!

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  19. These look so wonderful!! What a great appetizer.

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  20. Ooo! These are calling my name! Gorgeous color.

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  21. I audibly gasped because these bad boys look so amazing.

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  22. Um. I'm obsessed with this. Mmmk?!

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  23. First I must congratulate you on your terrific photos. Then of course this recipe looks divine. I must give it a try. Our family loves corn in or with almost anything.

    Happy & Safe Halloween to you! I'm sure you'll look fabulous.
    Joanne

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  24. These look delish! Your little cakes are the perfect munchie. But I'm sure I could make a meal of these guys - especially with all that avocado!

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  25. I love that your party food is so sophisticated yet simple. Truth be told, I could eat these for a meal :)

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  26. These look so good! They would be great in place of a tortilla, can't wait to try your recipe!

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  27. Fantastic recipe.

    I’d love for you to submit one of your beautiful photos, and a link to your post, to my new vegetarian photo gallery showcasing the best vegetarian dishes and recipes on the web.

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  28. Yum, Sommer! Your corn cakes look like perfect little discs of corn fluff. I can never get cookies or pancakes perfectly alike;) Ooh, and the salsa sounds so good with it too. This is so Aztec...or something like that (smile).

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  29. Those corn cakes & salsa look delish! What time it the party? I want to make sure I have enough time to get there - lol...

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  30. What delicious little corn cakes! The salsa sounds perfect with them! Have a great Halloween!

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  31. I love these flavors! Fabulous recipe. Thanks. Happy Halloween!

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  32. What a wonderful dish to serve at a party! Your cakes look just splendid on that platter with that fresh salsa. I want to dig right in. I hope that your Halloween weekend is full of love, laughter and a lot of good, ghoulish treats!

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  33. Oh man. I must, I must, I must. I must try this dish out. I can just hardly wait to sink my teeth into one of those cakes, and have the juicy kernels flow sweet nectar into my mouth, and then that kick of the jalapenos! Wow!

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  34. great looking recipe, fab presentation and wishing u a spook(fab)ubulous halloweeen!

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  35. What a great recipe! These look so awesome!

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  36. The corncakes sound fantastic with jalapenos i n them! And perfect with avocado salsa!

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  37. What a great party food. I always love to see something different than the usual snackums. ;)

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  38. The corn cakes look great, but the avocado salsa is what really caught my eye. It looks so delicious and fresh!

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  39. Seriously nice looking serving dish, I am going to have to look into getting myself one of those.

    Oh and did love the recipe too, sorry I am in awe of the dish.

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  40. I am so addicted to appetizers...I could eat them in place of entrees any day. These are amazing! I love that they are miniature...perfect for parties. Great flavors and great idea!

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  41. perfect creation for a spicy halloween, have fun and can't wait to see your pics....

    sweetlife

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  42. lovely lovely recipe- makes my mouth water looking at the pics!

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  43. they look very adoreable:) and the recipe is a keeper. thank you for sharing.

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  44. So beautiful I could eat my screen. I love all the ingredients in this and will definitely bookmark it to make soon.

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  45. This is a party I would want to be at. I love Jalapeno anything. Only problem is I would probably eat like 100 of these!

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  46. This is great! Looks just delightful! I love the corn cakes! And I have a ton of avocados right now, so this is perfect!

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  47. you are so right, this is the perfect party snack! looks yummy!

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  48. This looks so beautiful and delicious. Absolutely a party snack winner!
    I wish you a wonderful weekend!
    Angie

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  49. These are a perfect party bit Sommer! You really do come up with some delicious recipes!

    Have a wonderful Halloween and I'll be expecting you to blog about that amazing party you're having AND show off your outdoor lights. I'm betting they will be amazing!

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  50. Great recipe. Just wondering...is this finger food or do you need to eat with a fork?

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  51. You have incredible holiday spirit. It's kind of contagious. I love these little appetizers and easy to make. I love that about your recipes.

    Happy Halloween!

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  52. these are too cute. I love how you showed all of the steps! looks great!

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  53. these are too cute. I love how you showed all of the steps! looks great!

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  54. Wow Sommer! You think up the most intriguing and tempting combinations! The corn cakes, the salsa, each perfect on its own and yet complementing each other so well!!

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  55. Lovely corn cakes, my friend!! That salsa rocks!!

    MMMMMMM,..excellent entertaining fod!

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  56. Oh my gosh, these babies are calling my name. Everything I love is here.

    I grew up in the south and I can never get enough cornbread. And you added jalapenos to them. Oooh, la, la.
    Sam

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  57. Sommer, these sound perfect. I adore avocado salsa and the corn cakes with jalapenos sounds like the ideal pairing. The next time I have a party, I will be using all your recipes! ( :

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  58. Your corn cakes look so adorable! I have a post on the same in the works... Main difference in mine is chopped red onion. I lovvve your salsa too. I can have salsa with anything and everything!

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