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Savoury sweetcorn and cheese pancakes recipe

Savoury sweetcorn and cheese pancakes recipe

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My family always ask for this on the weekends for a late hearty breakfast with some crispy bacon or prepare in advance and keep in the fridge to use as a quick snack when the kids come in from school or even as a midweek main meal with some steamed broccoli and a salad.

3 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 250g plain flour
  • 4 eggs
  • 500ml milk
  • pinch of salt
  • 50g butter, melted
  • 300g tinned sweetcorn
  • grated cheese

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:15min

  1. Sieve flour and salt into a bowl, make a well in the centre and add the eggs and milk a little at a time until mixture forms a smooth batter. Strain the sweetcorn and add to the batter along with the melted butter.
  2. Cook the pancake as normal until golden brown on one side, flip over and continue cooking until other side is golden brown
  3. Just before serving, sprinkle a generous heap of grated cheese on one half of the pancake and fold over. Serve hot.

Make ahead

If making mixture ahead, add the sweetcorn and melted butter just before cooking. Finely chopped peppers, onions or tomatoes can be added to make this recipe more substantial if wished.

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Quick, filling breakfast. Made a nice change from a normal fry up or toast.-19 Mar 2011

Sweetcorn and feta cheese pancakes

Do you have any childhood food memories? Do certain foods, cooking smells and rituals take you right back to a less stressful time when things seemed a whole lot simpler? I have a ton of food memories, but one in particular that stands out for me is my Gran’s savoury pancakes. I really loved them. They were thick, fluffy and extremely good alongside sausages, bacon and baked beans. That’s how I remember eating them. They always contained sweetcorn and if we hadn’t used it all up in sandwiches and toasties, cheddar cheese. My Gran was very much a use-up what-you’ve-got cook.

These sweetcorn and feta cheese pancakes only vaguely resemble the ones from my childhood. If my Gran was still here, she would probably say they are “a bit fancy.” She definitely wouldn’t drown them in chilli sauce like I do, but it’s my weakness. I love chilli the way I used to love chocolate when I was a teenager!
I’ve used feta in these pancakes, but they are also really good with cheddar. I use tinned sweetcorn unapologetically, but when fresh corn comes into season, I’ll absolutely be using it instead.

These pancakes are also very good with sausages or roasted tomatoes, avocado, beans etc – the usual breakfast fare!


Beat together the flour, baking powder, chilli powder, eggs and milk until you have a smooth batter. Stir in the sweetcorn, onion, coriander or parsley and some seasoning.

Heat a little olive oil in a non-stick frying pan or pancake pan. Drop 2 tablespoons of batter per fritter into the pan and cook as many as will fit comfortably for a couple of minutes until the bases are golden. Carefully turn over and cook for a further 2 minutes, again until the bases are golden.

Keep warm while you continue with the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as you go.

PS . . . All sorts of things can be served with the pancakes, such as:
* Crispy fried bacon.
* Roasted peppers.
* Smoked salmon.
* Fried chorizo or salami.
* Cooked prawns.
* Grilled halloumi cheese.
* Sliced avocado or guacamole.
* Pickled chillies and gherkins.
* Sour cream or crème fraîche.
* Sweet chilli dipping sauce.
* Tomato ketchup.

Bacon, Corn & Cheddar Pancakes

How was your Thanksgiving? Mine was delicious all around – I came pretty close to finally replicating Jeff’s Grandma’s famous stuffing, and I made the best turkey gravy I’ve ever made. That’s not saying much, as I generally make kind of terrible turkey gravy, but this year’s gravy was really good even without that disclaimer. There was a little pumpkin pie bar incident that resulted in a dessert that could only be referred to as “a pumpkin . . .thing,” but other than that, everything went off without a hitch.

And now, for something completely unrelated to turkey. Unless you use turkey bacon for this, but . . don’t.

You probably know that I’m a fan of all things savory for breakfast. I dig savory yogurt, savory oatmeal, and I’ve made several kinds of savory waffles. When I realized I didn’t have a savory pancake recipe in my arsenal, I knew that needed to be corrected immediately.

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  1. To make the pancake batter, combine the flour, eggs, milk and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk until the mixture has the consistency of double cream. (If the mixture becomes lumpy, sieve before using. If you make it the night before, any lumps will magically disappear by morning.)
  2. Melt the butter in a large, nonstick, ovenproof frying pan set over a medium heat. Divide the spring onions, sausages and sweetcorn into four portions, one for each pancake. Add one portion to the pan and fry until golden. Pour enough pancake batter into the pan to cover the bottom &ndash the pancake should be around the depth of a 20p piece (slightly thicker than a crepe).
  3. Use a knife to gently lift the edge of the pancake &ndash when the pancake turns golden underneath, it&rsquos ready. When done, sprinkle a quarter of the cheese on top and add a little seasoning. Put the pan under a hot grill until the cheese has melted and the pancake is cooked on top.
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We don&rsquot celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, but if we did, I imagine this cheesy sweetcorn pudding is the kind of thing I&rsquod serve. It was definitely inspired by some of the Thanksgiving-style dishes I&rsquove seen online (you Americans are so good / weird with the sweet-and-savoury thing). Plenty of sweetcorn, plenty of cheese, all encased in a soft, puddingy mixture &ndash delish.

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