SWEET CORN TAMALE CAKES ~ BLOG 366.65

This is a CHEESECAKE FACTORY copy cat recipe that makes a WONDERFULLY delicious appetizer OR a main dish that no one can resist!

SWEET CORN TAMALE CAKES
SALSA VERDE
2 RIPE tomatillos, roughly chopped
4 ounce can chopped green chiles, drained REALLY well
2 green onions sliced thin
2 tablespoons FRESH cilantro, roughly chopped
1 ½ teaspoon sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cumin
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste

  • Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until combined, but still a little chunky.
  • Transfer to a small bowl, cover, and chill for AT LEAST 1 hour.

PICO DE GALLO
1 LARGE Roma tomato, diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 tablespoon FRESH minced cilantro
½ teaspoon lime juice
FRESH ground sea salt and ground pepper, to taste

  • Place all ingredients in a small bowl and toss.
  • Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

SOUTHWESTERN SAUCE
½ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon water
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon paprika
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
¼ teaspoon onion powder
⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.

CORN CAKES
1 ½ cup frozen sweet corn
½ cup butter softened to room temperature
3 tablespoons sugar
⅛ teaspoon salt
½ cup corn masa harina flour or corn meal
2 tablespoons AP flour
1 ½ tablespoon avocado oil

  • Add 1 cup of the frozen corn to a food processor until it’s coarsely pureed.
  • Add the pureed corn, softened butter, sugar, and salt to a medium bowl, mixing until combined.

  • Add masa and flour and mix until no flour streaks remain.
  • Add the remaining ½ cup of frozen corn kernels, and mix until corn is evenly distributed.
  • 
Measure ½ cup portions of the mixture and use your hands to form them into 3-inch wide patties.

  • Add the avocado oil to a large skillet and preheat over medium-low heat.
  • Add the patties to the skillet and cook 5-7 minutes until golden brown.
  • Flip and cook the other side 5-7 minutes more until golden brown.


GARNISHES
Sour cream
Avocado, diced
Fresh cilantro, chopped

ASSEMBLY

  • Add the salsa verde to your platter and spread it evenly.
  • Heat the platter in the microwave for 1 minute.
  • Place the corn cakes on the warmed salsa verde.
  • Distribute the Pico De Gallo and Southwestern Sauce evenly over the top.
  • Dollop with sour cream, and garnish with chopped avocado and cilantro.
  • Serve immediately.


SALSA VERDE HALIBUT ENCHILADAS ~ BLOG 365.115

I HAD to replicate this amazing recipe we had at the McKenzie Brewing Company formerly known as Steelhead Brewing Company while on a recent trip. These Halibut Enchiladas with their Salsa Verde on a creamy, tender bed of pinto beans were literally orgasmic.

SALSA VERDE HALIBUT ENCHILADAS serves 4 (8 enchiladas)

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 35 minutes

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
4 – 4 to 6 ounce Alaska Halibut fillets
1 tablespoon avocado oil
1 LARGE can (18 ounce) green salsa sauce
1 SMALL can diced green chiles (mild, medium or hot, to taste)
8 – 8-inch corn or flour tortillas
8 ounces Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
2 cans (15 ounces each) seasoned pinto beans, drained WELL

  • Blend garlic salt, lemon pepper, chipotle chili pepper and cumin together.
  • Sprinkle on all sides of halibut to season.
  • Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet.
  • Sear halibut JUST until fish is opaque throughout.
  • Cool slightly and then into chunks when cool enough to handle.
  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Pour and spread 3/4 cup of the salsa verde sauce on bottom of a 9×13-inch pan.
  • Heat a large saucepan to medium-high, adding remaining green sauce and chiles.
  • Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally until warmed through.
  • Spread pinto beans evenly in the bottom of your baking dish.
  • One by one, dip the tortillas in the sauce, divide halibut chunks evenly among tortillas, sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese; roll up and place enchiladas snugly side by side in the baking dish on top of the pinto beans.
  • Pour the remaining sauce over the enchiladas and beans.
  • Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  • Top with chopped tomatoes.
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until sauce is bubbling and enchiladas are heated through.
  • Sprinkle on cilantro when serving.