|When I interviewed Terry Hope Romero about her cookbook Viva Vegan! I went nuts over her very simple Arepa recipe, a corn tortilla or pancake made with masa harina. But since I live with an Italian, polenta is more of a staple in our house than masa harina. I came up with this recipe using polenta. Serve with REAL Black Bean Paté.|
1 3/4 cups polenta
1/4 cup ground yellow flax seeds
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups water
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
oil for frying
Optional: You can flavor this cake any way you like. Try adding 2 tablespoons of chopped olives, scallions or pesto.
In a food processor, pulse and then process the polenta for a couple of minutes to make a finer ground. Add the flax and salt and pulse to incorporate. Pour in the water and process, making a batter. Add the corn and pulse a few times to mix and cut up the kernels a little. Let stand for about 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 200F. Heat a cast iron griddle or skillet on medium high. Lightly grease with oil. Pour 1/4 cup of batter on the griddle for each cake. Add as many as will fit on the grill, about 1 inch apart. Cook for several minutes until the edges are dry. With a spatula flip the cake and flatten it down. Cook another couple of minutes until lightly browned. Remove and place on a baking sheet in the oven to stay warm while you finish the remaining batter.
Makes a dozen corn cakes.