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Potato-Corn Cakes

Makes about 12 cakes; 3 or 4 servings

When making potato pancakes one night, Annette Leonard experimented with some new flavors. The result has become a favorite vegetarian main dish, which she serves with salsa and sour cream.

Potato-Corn Cakes

James Carrier
 1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, scrubbed
 1 can (15 1/2 oz.) corn, drained
 2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese (2 oz.)
 1/2 cup small-curd cottage cheese
 2 large eggs, beaten to blend
 1/3 cup minced green onions (including tops)
 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
 2 fresh jalapeño or other hot green chilies (about 2 oz. total), rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and diced
 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
 1 tablespoon ground cumin
 2 teaspoons salt
 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  About 2 teaspoons salad oil
Step 1

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, bring about 4 quarts water to a boil. Add whole potatoes and cook until tender when pierced, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water until cool enough to handle; peel and grate (or press through a food mill or ricer).

Step 2

In a large bowl, mix potatoes, corn, cheddar cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, onions, cilantro, jalapeños, cornmeal, cumin, salt, and pepper until well blended.

Step 3

Pour 1 teaspoon oil into a 10- to 12-inch nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat; when hot, drop batter into pan in about 1/3-cup portions, and use a spoon to spread slightly into 3- to 4-inch cakes. Cook, turning once with a spatula, until cakes are browned on both sides and firm to the touch in the center, about 6 minutes total. Transfer to an ovenproof plate and keep warm in a 200° oven while you cook remaining cakes, adding more oil to pan as necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 0

Amount Per Serving
Calories 263Calories from Fat 41
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%

Saturated Fat 4.9g25%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 1565mg66%
Total Carbohydrate 27g9%

Dietary Fiber 5.2g21%
Protein 16g32%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.