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Corn Cakes With Caviar And Traditional Garnishes

Corn Cakes With Caviar And Traditional Garnishes

Break these out when you want to impress your guests. They are perfectly suited for any celebratory occasion and always a hit during the holiday season. If you don't want to buy pricey imported caviar, try to find American bowfin caviar.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Makes about 32 cakes (3 to 4 per serving)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels, from 1 medium-size ear of corn
  • 2 tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup masa harina flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon Emeril's Original Essence
  • Christmas Caviar Sauce
  • 1/4 cup capers, drained
  • 2 hard-boiled egg yolks, finely chopped
  • 2 hard-boiled egg whites, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • One 7-ounce tin caviar


  • Heat the olive oil in a medium-size sauté pan over medium heat. Add the corn, shallots, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and the black pepper and cook, stirring, until the corn and shallots are tender, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

  • Combine the eggs and the cream in a large mixing bowl and whisk to blend well. Add the cornmeal, flour, masa harina, baking powder, cayenne, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the water. Mix well. Fold in the corn-and-shallot mixture.

  • Heat 1/2 teaspoon of the oil in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. When the oil hot, but not smoking, gently drop the batter, a tablespoon at a time, into the pan. You can cook about eight cakes at a time. Cook until the cakes are lightly golden on both sides, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. Repeat until all of the oil and the batter are used up.

  • Drain the cakes on paper towels. Sprinkle with the Creole seasoning and serve warm with caviar sauce, accompanied with a tray of garnishes. These can also be prepared in advance and passed around on trays.