Sweet Corn and Squash Fritters with Avocado Crema
I can’t get enough sweet corn in the summer. I eat it on the cob with salt and butter, tossed into salads, and in lots of fritters. I tire pretty quickly of summer squash, but here it plays an essential role as a binder and builder of structure. The corn makes everything bright with those little bursts of sweetness in every bite. And the crema sounds rich and decadent but is nothing more than an avocado blended until creamy with yogurt and a squeeze of lime and salt. Perfect summer eating.
MAKES 10 FRITTERS
FOR THE FRITTERS:
FOR THE AVOCADO CREMA:
Stand the ears of corn upright in a large bowl. Using a very sharp knife, slowly slice the kernels of corn from the cob and into the bowl. Add the zucchini, yellow squash, jalapeño, green onions, basil, cilantro, and salt. Add the egg and mix until evenly combined. Add ¼ cup of flour, mixing again until combined. If your batter is on the wet side, continue adding flour in 1 tablespoon increments, using no more than ½ cup of flour. The consistency of the batter should be moist, but more vegetable than batter. Set aside to rest for about 10 minutes.
While the batter rests, make the crema by combining the avocado, yogurt, lime juice, and salt in a bowl. Blend with an immersion blender or in a food processor until creamy. Set aside.
In a large heavy skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Working in batches, measure a scant ¼ cup of the batter for each fritter and drop it into the pan, lightly pressing with a spatula. Cook 3 to 4 fritters at a time, undisturbed, for 4 to 5 minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Flip and cook the other side for about 4 minutes more. Place the fritters on a paper towel–lined plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, adding another tablespoon of oil to the pan at the start of each batch.
Serve the fritters warm, topped with the crema and basil.
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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Food written and photographed by Kimberly Hasselbrink (Ten Speed Press, © 2014).