Wild Garlic and Corn Griddle Cakes Recipe

Tender and light, wild garlic (ransoms) and corn griddle cakes are filled with the sweetness of corn and the promise of spring foraging walks in the British countryside. Wild garlic is one of the best harvests of spring and is incredible versatile, all the plant parts (stalks, leaves, flower) being edible. Each time, I experiment with new recipes and the latest batch was no different. In the past, I’ve already tried wild garlic bread, wild garlic pizza and wild garlic and salmon pies. For a healthy family dinner, I wanted to find a wild garlic vegetarian recipe.

Wild Garlic Griddle Cakes

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After browsing through my favorite vegetarian cookbook, Everyday Greens, I found the perfect recipe, but it didn’t use wild garlic at all and featured a few ingredients I didn’t have at home. Never mind, I adapted the recipe. Luckily, wild garlic coincides with the earliest ears of corn on my farmers market, so I was able to serve these small pancakes as sides with chicken tinga, a recipe from the excellent cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City’s Streets, Markets & Fondas.

Of course, as this is a foraging recipe, it all started on a countryside path in the Lake District. We were away church camping with the kids when I spotted miles of wild garlic flowers along the trail and could not resist. Ten minutes later, I had a bag full of wild garlic to take home.

.Wild Garlic Griddle Cakes

Once at home, I kept it in the fridge during a week (didn’t have time to get to it sooner), then washed it thoroughly, removing all wilted parts or foreign plants (there’s always a few of those). I chopped up the ransoms and shaved the ears of fresh corn, before cooking them together.

Wild Garlic Griddle Cakes

Greens’ recipe called for cheddar and parmesan, but one of my daughters positively hates parmesan so that was out. On the other hand, I had bought a slice of Wookey Hole cheddar in the Lake District and it looked perfect for the job. Knowing that this cheese is aged in real (rock) caves made it all the more special, so it became part of the recipe and I grated it by hand.

After I added the cooked corn and garlic to the griddle cake mixture, it was ready to cook on an actual griddle pan and it was almost dinner time.

Wild Garlic Griddle Cakes

I cooked the cakes by 3s and 4s and noticed they didn’t spread a lot, but enough that I left an inch between all the spoonfuls. After just a couple of minutes, they were ready to flip.

Wild Garlic Griddle Cakes

Together with the chicken tinga, it was delicious and really paired well with the smokiness of the chipotle and the acidity of tomatoes in the Mexican recipe.

Enjoy!

WILD GARLIC AND CORN GRIDDLE CAKES RECIPE

Wild Garlic and Corn Griddle Cakes
 
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The subtle taste of wild garlic combined with the sweetness of fresh corn results in delicious and creamy griddle cakes that are great served as a side or a starter.
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Recipe type: Starter
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 10 leaves fresh wild garlic, finely chopped (including stalks)
  • 2 ears of corn, shaved, about 2 cups
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1 cup water
  • 80g grated aged cheddar (1 cup)
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup all purpose flour
  • Lime (for serving)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup cottage cheese
  • 2 eggs, separated
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a pan and saute on high heat wild garlic during 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to low.
  2. Add corn and water to the pan, stir and simmer until corn is tender, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  4. In a bowl, combine egg yolks, cottage cheese and dry ingredients.
  5. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until firm and fold them into the batter.
  6. Combine with corn-wild garlic mixture.
  7. Spoon the batter onto generously oiled griddle and cook for 3 minutes on each side, until golden.
  8. Serve warm with a squeeze of lime or a chipotle tomato sauce.

 

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Laure Latham

Laure is an author, environmental advocate, blogger, open water swimmer and now mother. She's passionate about inspiring families to enjoy the outdoors with their children, learning to unplug and living a healthy lifestyle, giving kids life skills and exploring the world around us sharing Family Friendly, Fun Ideas for the whole family on Frog Mom.

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