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Jalapeño-Cheddar Corn Cakes

With a melted nugget of cheddar cheese tucked inside, these savory corn cakes make a delicious appetizer or side dish. Serve them alongside our Grilled Skirt Steak with Chili-Lime Butter (see related recipe at left).

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups cornmeal pancake mix*
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 Tbs. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for cooking
  • 1/4 cup finely diced jalapeño
  • 2 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions:

In a bowl, whisk together the pancake mix, egg, milk and the 4 Tbs. melted butter. Fold in the jalapeño.

Put 1/4 tsp. butter in each well of a filled-pancake pan. Place over medium heat and heat until the butter begins to bubble. Pour 1 Tbs. batter into each well and put 1 cube of cheese in the center of each pancake, then top with 1 Tbs. batter. Cook until the bottoms are golden brown and crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Using 2 wooden skewers, flip the pancakes over and cook until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter and cheese. Makes about 22 corn cakes.

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*Available at Williams-Sonoma stores.