Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Cheesy Poofs

So I have officially divided my two blogs. Now you can find all things soup on my
soup blog. The 31 days will be completed no fear but I have decided to separate out those entries into its own area of the blogosphere. I will continue to post all my recipes on this, more general blog, and to celebrate my first non soup entry in literally months I decided to do some housekeeping, publishing some past recipes I promised long ago. I admit I got distracted by the call of soup.

Cheesy Jalapeno Corn Cakes

Corn Chili Mix:
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 cup onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup diced canned green chilies
1/4 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

2 tbsp canola oil
2 cups milk
1 cups course cornmeal
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

To Assemble
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, pepperjack)
1/2 cup sliced pickled jalapenos

In a sauté pan, sauté onion and garlic in oil for 5 minutes until onions are clear. Add frozen corn, chilies and spices and cook till warmed through. Salt and pepper to taste.

To prepare polenta, In a saucepan on medium high heat, heat milk and oil. Whisk in cornmeal and stirring constantly bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer, stirring continuously for 10 minutes (this varies based on how course your cornmeal is). Add water by the tbsp if the mixture gets to thick. When cornmeal is cooked thoroughly (it will still be soft and smooth when done) add corn chili mixture, ½ cup Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.

In a greased muffin tin fill ½ full with polenta mixture. Press the polenta flat and create a small depression in the center. Fill with some shredded cheese and a few jalapenos. Top with another layer of the polenta mix and press. When all the polenta cakes are made and pressed put in the refrigerator or freezer for 10-20 minutes until thoroughly cooled.

Turn onto a greased baking sheet and place in the oven at 450° and bake for 12 minutes till the bottoms are crispy. Turn on broiler and broil the tops until they are crispy (about 2-4 minutes).

Cool for a few minutes and eat!

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