It’s no secret that I love a great sweet and spicy combo. If I could make every recipe on this blog sweet and spicy, I would. Alas, variety is key, and so I have been trying to steer clear of that flavor profile as much as possible and save it for something extra deserving. I can’t hold off any longer, though. With the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras reminding me of New Orleans these past few weeks, I knew I had to share one of my favorite sweet and spicy recipes with you: Sweet and Spicy Corn Fritters.
Typically, New Orleans style corn fritters are sweet and served with a syrup, but I decided to add some onions, peppers, and Cajun spices to give them a little bit of a kick. Serve these with salsa and you’ve got one delicious snack.
- 3 cups oil, for frying
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ cup corn meal
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon butter, melted
- 1 can whole kernel corn, drained
- ¼ cup red bell pepper, seeded and diced
- ¼ cup green bell pepper, seeded and diced
- ¼ cup green onions, chopped
- Heat the oil in a deep, heavy pot, or in a deep fryer. Use a candy thermometer to check the temperature. It will be ready at 365 degrees F.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, paprika, salt, Cajun seasoning, and sugar.
- Beat the egg, milk, and melted butter together in a separate bowl, and then add to the flour mixture. Then, stir in the corn, bell peppers, and green onions.
- Carefully drop the batter into the oil to fry using a spoon. (You may need to use two spoons to help push off the batter.) Remove from the oil when the fritter turns golden brown.
- Serve with salsa.
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