Mini Cornmeal Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Relish

Mini Cornmeal Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Relish Recipe
Photo: Squire Fox; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl
With tomatoes fresh from the garden, these Mini Cornmeal Cakes with Heirloom Tomato Relish appetizer treats encompass the full flavors of the season's best produce.


Serves 8 (serving size: 2 topped pancakes)
Total time: 25 Minutes

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 25 Minutes
Total: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 69
Fat 2.5 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 0.7 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 2.5 g
Carbohydrate 9.2 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 26 mg
Iron 0.7 mg
Sodium 201 mg
Calcium 24 mg


2 small heirloom tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
1.75 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1/3 cup)
2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 1/2 tablespoons whole buttermilk
1 large egg, separated
Cooking spray
Remaining ingredient:
4 teaspoons crème fraîche or reduced-fat sour cream


1. Combine first 6 ingredients.

2. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup; level. Combine flour and next 3 ingredients (through 1/4 teaspoon pepper) in a medium bowl. Combine buttermilk and egg yolk; add milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring with a whisk just until moist.

3. Place egg white in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until medium peaks form. Fold one-fourth of egg white into buttermilk mixture. Gently fold in remaining egg white.

4. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Lightly coat pan with cooking spray. Spoon about 1 tablespoon batter per pancake into pan, spreading slightly. Cook 1 minute or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges begin to set. Turn and cook 1 minute. Repeat with remaining batter for a total of 16 pancakes. Top each pancake with 1/4 teaspoon crème fraîche and 1 1/2 teaspoons tomato relish. Serve immediately.