Loaded Corn Cakes

My mother made corn cakes for us growing up. Hers were regular ol corn cakes without the corn kernels, and without any of the fuss. We ate them hot off of the grill, sometimes we ate them with refried beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes piled high. So good. 
Saw this in a magazine and really wanted to try a "loaded" corn cake, it was so good. Something about adding avocados and pork to it that made it really special. Don't get me wrong....what I wouldn't do to have Mom in the kitchen making her corn cakes today. These were fantastic!

1 1/2 c masa harina
1/2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c goat cheese (they used feta)
2 c corn
3/4 to 1 c warm water
1/4 c veg oil
1 ripe avocado, sliced
shredded pork, chicken (buy already cooked shredded pork if your in a pinch)
1/2 c sour cream
2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced

Mix together masa harina, flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in cheese and corn. Keep stirring and add in water, 1/4 c at a time until mixture begins to hold together.
Heat oil in large skillet until hot but not smoking. Form corn patties using 1/3 c mixture. Repeat, making 8 patties total. Fry in two batches, turning once until golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to paper towels. Top with shredded pork, chopped tomatoes and a little sour cream. This recipe made 9 corn cakes.

For your shredded pork:
1 1/2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 1" cubes
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2/3 c chopped onion
In a 4 qt saucepan add 1 quart of water and bring to a boil. Stir in pork, onion, salt and pepper; simmer about 45 minutes until pork is tender. Strain, set aside to cool and make your corn cakes. If you are rushing around just used the already prepared shredded pork or even roasted chicken.
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Jacqueline said…
The only time I had these was at Cheesecake Factory and I loved them. Yours look every bit as delicious and we will be making them soon. Love the toppings too, a little bit of everything with every bite. I am printing as I type.
Oh those look delicious. I made stuffed corn tortillas last week and they were a hit, nothing like fresh!
ButterYum said…
Finally, another use for masa harina. Thanks for sharing!

Jerri said…
Wow! I've seen corn cakes before but never loaded corn cakes! Sounds great!

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Elizabeth said…
These look so good! Can't wait to try them!