Okra Cornmeal Cakes with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil
Make these cornmeal cakes as an appetizer or hearty side dish. We topped ours with tomatoes, arugula and basil, but they would also be delicious with avocado or cheese.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F to keep the cornmeal cakes warm.
In a large bowl, stir together the cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in the egg and 1 ½ cups water until smooth.
Smash the garlic to make a paste. Then add the sliced okra, shishitos, green onions and garlic paste into the cornmeal mixture. (The batter will be thick and will thicken even more as it sits, so add water if needed).
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Spoon or ladle 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of batter for each cake into skillet, and gently flatten into a 3-inch pancake. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and tops are covered with bubbles, about 1-2 minutes. Flip each pancake over and cook 1-2 more minutes. Place the cakes on a sheet pan and put them in the warmed oven to keep them warm while you make the rest of the cornmeal cakes.
Use more oil in the skillet as needed between batches and repeat the process until you are finished with all the batter.
Season the cornmeal cakes with salt and pepper. Top with arugula, tomato and basil.
Fresh Ingredients Delivered to Your Door
Get connected to the finest organic farmers and artisans in your area. We deliver organic produce fresh from our family farm right to your door. From our field today to your fork tomorrow, there’s a simple way to live deliciously!