Surfing and Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

The Van’s U.S. Open of Surfing blazed into downtown Huntington Beach and, love it or hate it, if you live here you have no choice but to be caught up in the fever… and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. Sure the U.S. Open is a surf contest, but to describe it as such doesn’t do it justice – it’s a lifestyle festival where surf and beach culture collide amidst a throng of surf enthusiasts, volleyball, skateboard, and motor cross fans and the hormonally charged youth that come out to see and be seen. It means 500,00+ people descending upon our little corner of paradise.

For us locals, the obstacle course of drivers frantically searching for parking, streets teeming with distracted scantily-clad teens, and mad skateboarders with no sense of rules of the road, the U.S. Open is 9 days of craziness that comes with the territory – this is Surf City, U.S.A. after all.  But when we do decide to take in the scene, nothing beats being able to stroll nonchalantly, read: no parking nightmare, and stake a spot on the pier for prime viewing of the men’s and women’s finals. Here’s a few pics that my brother, who drove down from the Bay Area to witness the last days of this uniquely SoCal event, captured of the culminating moments of the 2014 U.S. Van’s Open of Surfing.

Van's U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach

Van’s U.S. Open of Surfing 2014

2014 US Open of Surfing - Tyler Wright

Tyler Wright (Australia) captured the Women’s championship with this spectacular run.

2014 US Open of Surfing - Toledo Filipe

 Toledo Filipe (Brazil) wins the Men’s ASP Qualification Series (QS) Prime event.

These big happenings in my neighborhood had me making use of leftovers and keeping it simple in the kitchen arena. When I saw this recipe for corn fritters in the August issue of Bon Appetit, food editor Allie Lewis Clapp’s intro spoke directly to me: “Never met a fritter I didn’t like, and I love this one.” Done. I had corn in the fridge, which I grilled along with two pork tenderloins to prepare for a weekend of quick and easy meals, knowing that Corn-Jalapeño fritters would be one of them.

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

 Sliced pork tenderloin nestled among sautéed peppers and onions with a little brown rice made dinner on Saturday and, instead of a sandwich or salad, we enjoyed these flavorful corn fritters as a light lunch before heading to the beach. Easy, peasy. Fritters of any kind (zucchini fritters are another fave) also make a perfect summer side with whatever protein you like to fire up on the barbie. This simple recipe comes together in minutes and you don’t have to grill the corn or char the jalapeños – I just like the smoky flavor they add.

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters
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If you've never met a fritter, you didn't like - you'll love this one! Recipe from Bon Appétit.
Serves: 8 fritters
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese*
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups fresh corn kernels
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped
  • Garnish: 1 lime, cut into wedges, ½ cup sour cream
  1. Pulse eggs, flour, Parmesan, and ½ tsp. kosher salt in a food processor to combine. Add corn, scallion, and jalapeño; pulse 2–3 times.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook heaping tablespoonfuls of batter until golden brown, about 4 minutes per side; season fritters with salt. Serve with sour cream and lime wedges.
* Changes I made to the recipe: You can char the jalapeño over a gas burner, then place in a baggie to steam, remove the skin and seeds, then dice. I also used grilled corn and substituted Comté cheese - a French Gruyere cheese that is lower in sodium than parmesan and has a rich buttery flavor.

123 calories per fritter; Fat 6 g (Saturated 3 g, Trans 0 g); Carbs 14 g; Fiber 1g;
Sugars 2 g; Protein 5 g; Cholesterol 56 mg; Sodium 88 mg.
Balanced, Low Sodium, Sugar Conscious, Kidney Friendly, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free. {Nutritional Analysis by Edamam}


Enjoy :)

Corn-Jalapeño Fritters

Happy August!!

Photo Credit: Awesome surf photos courtesy of Harrison Sutcliffe

4 Responses to “Surfing and Corn-Jalapeño Fritters”

  1. realfoodbydad August 4 at 9:32 pm #

    Love these fritters!! We are in OC too and experienced that madness this weekend.

    • Priscilla August 4 at 11:12 pm #

      Thank you, Matt :) Hopefully, you still had a fun day at the beach!

  2. sippitysup August 5 at 9:21 am #

    Huntington Beach is usually packed on any given summer day so I can only imagine what the influx would do to life there! I too would hunker down with fritters. Good choice. GREG

  3. Bill August 23 at 11:12 am #

    I never met a fritter I didn’t like either, Priscilla. This one looks delicious! The US Open sounds fun too. I’d totally get caught up in the fever!

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