Crispy Corn Fritters

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Makes 14-16 fritters

2 teaspoons canola
1 ear fresh sweet corn kernels (about 1 cup)
2 scallions, thinly sliced
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 cup biscuit mix
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon cumin
The zest of 1 lime
1/4 cup milk
1 large egg

Dipping Sauce:
3 ounces PHILADELPHIA cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup chipotle salsa
1 to 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, warm 2 teaspoons canola oil. Add corn and saute 2 minutes or until golden brown. Add scallions and red bell pepper, and saute 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are browned but not too soft. Stir in the cilantro. Remove from heat and set aside.

2. In a large bowl stir biscuit mix, salt, cayenne, cumin, and lime zest. Whisk the milk and egg and add to the biscuit mixture. Stir until just combined. Add the vegetables and stir until just incorporated.

3. In a deep, heavy bottomed pot, add 2 inches of canola oil, and heat to 375 degrees F. Drop batter by the teaspoonful into the hot oil and fry a few at a time, 30 to 60 seconds, flipping once, until golden brown all over. Transfer to a paper-towel lined plate. Repeat.

4. To make the dipping sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir until well blended. Serve with hot fritters. 


- Recipe courtesy of Susan Russo



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