This is another one of those recipes that always makes me ask “why don’t I make these more often?” Think easy, savory pancakes to go alongside a hot bowl of chili, a vegetable supper, a plate of sliced tomatoes, pulled pork barbecue or Texas brisket, or a simple bowl of pintos or white beans. Make them sliver dollar appetizer size and pass the platter with cocktails or icy cold beer.
Of course, this green chile variation is nirvana for all us New Mexico chile fanatics. But, the real point is that you can add what you like to flavor the cheesy cakes. Substitute a chopped jalapeno or serrano for the green chile. Add corn kernels, green onion slices, bell pepper bits, pimiento, black pepper. Try a smoked cheese.
As always ,there is one important rule to remember when making cornbread batter whether you’re pouring it into a skillet or onto a hot griddle–make it creamy and pourable. Clumpy dry batter makes dry cornbread. If it seems too thick, just add a shot of tap water. The cornmeal must be hydrated to make moist cornbread. It’s as simple as that.
What to do with the leftovers? Reheat in the toaster oven for a great snack.
- 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped roasted green chiles
- 2 cups self-rising cornmeal mix
- Whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and oil in a medium mixing bowl.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Blend well, adding enough water to make a creamy pourable batter. Carefully spoon about 1/4 cup per corncake onto a hot greased griddle. I
- use a 1/4 cup measuring cup. You can make them smaller by filling it half full.
- Cook on one side until the edges look dry and the underside is golden brown.
- Flip gently, but don't press down on them. Remember you're baking little cakes.
- Cook until the underside is golden brown. Keep them warm in a low oven.