Lowly leftover corn on the cob gets a starring role in these kid-pleasing, main-course dinner patties
2 cobs of corn, cooked (or 1 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed and drained)
1/4 cup fine cornmeal
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
pinch baking soda
3/4 cup shredded cheddar
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 cup milk
1 tbsp olive oil
Carefully slice corn kernels from leftover cobs and set aside. Then, in a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, salt and baking soda. Add cheddar cheese and stir, then mix in corn niblets and green onion. In a separate small bowl, combine egg and milk, and whisk until frothy. Add to corn mixture and combine well.
Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. To form patties, scoop batter ⅓ cup (75 mL) at a time and place in hot pan (a dry measure or ice cream scoop works well). Flatten patties slightly with the back of a large spoon; each should be about the size of a hamburger. Fry 5 to 6 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time, until patties are golden brown on both sides.
Serve on whole wheat buns loaded with tomato slices and lettuce, or place on a bed of lightly dressed mixed greens and drizzle with salsa.
Cook perfect corn on the cob: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Don't add salt; it toughens the kernels. Add whole, husked cobs (you can break them in half to fit). Cook 8 minutes, uncovered. Drain and serve.
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