Recipe: Sweet Corn and Squash Fritters with Avocado Crema
The corn makes everything bright with those little bursts of sweetness in every bite. And the crema feels 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 about 10 fritters
2 small ears corn, preferably white, husks and silk removed
½ cup grated zucchini
½ cup grated yellow squash (any summer squash will work here)
½ to 1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced
5 scallions, white and pale green parts only, thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 egg, beaten
¼ to ½ cup all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
For the avocado crema:
1 avocado, diced
½ cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
Basil leaves, cut into thin ribbons (chiffonade)
1. 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, scallions, basil, cilantro and salt.
2. Add the egg and mix until evenly combined.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Cook three to four fritters at a time, undisturbed, for four to five minutes, until the edges are lightly browned. Flip and cook the other side for about four 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.
7. Serve the fritters warm, topped with the crema and basil.
—Adapted by Austin American-Statesman from “Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season,” by Kimberley Hasselbrink (Ten Speed Press, $25).