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Corn & Leek Fritters with Herbed Yogurt

Corn & Leek Fritters with Herbed Yogurt

This corn and leek fritter recipe was born out of furious scribblings in my 'ideas' notebook while I was on a plane watching a Jamie Oliver Superfood TV show. Jamie makes corn fritters (the recipe is sadly not online), but it was truly inspiring. Sometimes, I think my reactions to things on planes are heightened by the lack of oxygen - I laugh way to hard at not-so-funny movies (my sister actually asked me if I was okay once when I was howling with laughter over We're the Millers at 30,000 feet) and sob at the not-so-sad ones. 

On my recent flight, I was actually hoping to watch The Walking Dead. I'm a huge scaredy-cat and can't watch zombie shows when I'm at home, but for some reason I feel perfectly safe watching them on planes. I got on the plane and discovered that TWD was no longer being screened; I was unreasonably upset, until I saw the Jamie Oliver shows.

Leek & Corn Fritters with a Herbed Yogurt - a delicious, quick, & vegetarian breakfast or lunch recipe.

I really believe Jamie Oliver has done more to get people cooking healthy, realistic food than any other chef. He's a fabulously accessible guy and every recipe of his always turns out great. I also really appreciate that he makes it easy to understand what other flavors and veggies can be substituted into his dishes. I regularly binge-watch his 30 minutes meals shows on Netflix.

Still, I was a bit skeptical about corn fritters! Keeping in mind my emotional swings on planes, I was a bit worried that my excitement over making something from canned corn was just an altitude overreaction. Thankfully, it was merited - these little fritters are delicious. They're surprisingly low calorie (no oil here!) and stuffed with veggies.

Corn & Leek Fritters with Herbed Yogurt.

I thought leeks would be good friends with the corn in this recipe. There's a lovely delicate charred corn flavor that mingles so nicely with the leeks, cottage cheese, and herbed yogurt. These fritters are also incredibly filling - the recipe makes 8 fritters, but I'd only recommend 2 to 3 per serving. They keep in the fridge nicely, but they're best when served piping hot, straight from the stove top.


Corn & Leek Fritters with Herbed Yogurt

Makes 8 fritters | Prep Time: 8 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 cups chopped leeks

1 (15.5 ounce or 440 grams) can corn

1 cup flour

1 egg, beaten

16 ounces (450 grams) cottage cheese

pinch of salt and pepper

1 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup chopped mint

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

juice of one lime

Instructions

Combine the leeks, corn, flour, egg, cottage cheese, and salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine. 

Heat a non-stick pan over medium high heat. 

Form patties with about 3/4 cup worth of dough. Place 2 to 3 in the pan - do not overcrowd. Let cook for 2 minutes on one side. 

Flip the fritters and press them down slightly to create more surface area to cook. Let cook for another 2 to 3 minutes - or until slightly charred. 

Cook all fritters. 

Meanwhile, combine yogurt, mint, cilantro, and lime juice. 

Drizzle yogurt on top of fritters and serve while warm. 


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