Photo by: James Carrier

Polenta Corn Cakes

Notes: Serve with thinly sliced prosciutto, sliced tomatoes, and broiled green onions or leeks with some of their green tops. Spoon chipotle sauce onto pancakes or present it in a small cup (one made of lettuce works well). Garnish with slivers of green onions.

  • Yield: Makes about 18 pancakes 4 inches wide; 6 main-dish servings


  • 1 cup polenta
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 none large egg
  • 1 2/3 none buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup sliced green onions, including some green tops
  • 1 cup corn kernels (fresh-cut, frozen, or drained canned)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
  • none Chipotle sauce


1. In a large bowl, mix polenta, flour, baking powder, soda, sugar, and salt.

2. Add egg and buttermilk. Beat with a whisk until batter is smooth. Stir in onions, corn, and butter.

3. Place a griddle or 10- to 12-inch frying pan (nonstick, if desired) over medium heat. When it's hot, spoon batter in 1/4-cup portions onto griddle, spacing slightly apart. Cook until edges look dry, turn with a wide spatula, and brown bottoms, 2 to 3 minutes total.

4. Serve pancakes as cooked, or arrange in a single layer on racks on baking sheets and keep warm in a 150° oven up to 15 minutes.

5. Stack pancakes on plates and serve with chipotle sauce added to taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 310none
  • Calories from fat: 15%
  • Protein: 9.7g
  • Fat: 5.1g
  • Saturated fat: 2.5g
  • Carbohydrate: 56g
  • Fiber: 6.1g
  • Sodium: 504mg
  • Cholesterol: 46mg

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Polenta Corn Cakes Recipe