Chili Corn Cake Ham Sandwiches

My love for pancakes is well documented. This weekend I was in the mood to make a really hearty, savory version instead of my usual sweet varieties. Marc checked me for a fever but all was well, ha! I indulged my sweet tooth plenty on our cruise last week and it is still trying to recover. So I devised fluffy, slightly spicy chili corn pancakes. They became the bread in these delectable chili corn cake ham sandwiches! The batter came together quickly.

The batter for the savory pancakes needed to rest to let the gluten in the flour relax. That way the chili corn cake ham sandwiches would have super tender bread!
I whisked my wet ingredients into the dry ingredients before I folded in whipped up egg whites, corn and diced jalapeño. The batter for the savory pancakes needed to rest to let the gluten in the flour relax. That way the chili corn cake ham sandwiches would have really fluffy, tender bread.
The chili corn cakes needed to cook for about 5 minutes on each side.
Once the batter rested, I heated up my beloved electric griddle to cook it off. I made the chili corn cakes a decent size to make big, hearty chili corn cake ham sandwiches. They cooked for about 4-5 minutes on each side to become gorgeously golden. Once all was said and done I ended up with 16 pancakes total to make 8 sandwiches.
When these babies flipped over it smelled so incredible! I felt like corn bread had been baking for hours in here.
When those babies flipped over it smelled so incredible! I felt like corn bread had been baking for hours in here. While the pancakes cooked, I made a quick and easy cheddar sauce.
This cheddar sauce just had a base roux of flour and butter. Milk went in and it thickened for just a few minutes. Then the cheddar went in and it was done! Such a perfect topping for the chili corn cake ham sandwiches.
This cheddar sauce just had a base roux of flour and butter. Then I whisked in milk, a little salt and lots of cheddar cheese. It was such a perfect topping for the chili corn cake ham sandwiches. Pssst…if you double this sauce recipe and throw in a pound of cooked elbow macaroni you have a fantastic, basic stove top mac and cheese!

Once the pancakes and sauce cooked, it was just time to assemble everything. I layered thinly sliced ham between two cakes to form the sandwiches. Then they all just were topped with the gooey, warm cheddar sauce and fresh cilantro for garnish. Oh my goodness, there was endless flavor here. The chili corn cakes had a fantastic kick, but the cheddar sauce kept it from being overbearing. The salty ham just brought it all together. These chili corn cake ham sandwiches work for any meal of the day! Enjoy, xoxo.

Chili Corn Cake Ham Sandwiches
Chili Corn Cake Ham Sandwiches

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Chili Corn Cake Ham Sandwiches
Chili Corn Cake Ham Sandwiches
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Servings: 8 sandwiches
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
Ingredients
FOR THE CHILI CORN CAKE SANDWICHES
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cups medium ground cornmeal
  • 3 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 whole eggs separated
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 container Greek yogurt 7 oz size
  • 1 dash Sriracha
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn thawed
  • 1/2 cup diced jalapeno from about 2 large jalapenos, seeds removed
  • butter as needed for greasing the griddle
  • 1 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • fresh cilantro as needed for garnish
FOR THE CHEDDAR SAUCE
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup extra sharp shredded cheddar
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour, corn meal, baking powder, salt, smoked paprika and chili powder together to aerate them. Separate the eggs with the yolks in one bowl and the whites in another. In the bowl with the yolks add the milk, Greek yogurt and Sriracha. Whisk that mixture together until smooth, then pour it into the bowl of dry ingredients. Bring the whole mixture together with the whisk just until a super thick batter forms. It will be really sticky.
  2. Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to whip up the egg whites until they look like fluffy clouds. Gently fold the fluffy egg whites, diced jalapeno and corn into the batter until completely combined. Cover the bowl and let it rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. This will make the cakes super tender and fluffy.
  3. Heat up a large electric griddle to 325 or a griddle pan over medium high heat and lightly grease it with butter. Cook off the batter in batches of 6-8, depending on how many you can fit. They take about 5 minutes on each side. As they are finished, set them aside on a platter and cover them to keep them warm.
  4. While the cakes cook, make the quick cheddar sauce. In a small pot let the butter start to melt over medium high heat. Whisk in the flour and let it cook together until it becomes a golden roux, which takes a minute or two. While still whisking, slowly pour in the milk. Add the salt and lower the heat medium to let the mixture gently bubble for 3-4 minutes. Then turn the heat to the lowest setting and whisk in the cheddar cheese until it is smooth. Leave the pot on the very low heat to keep it warm, whisking occasionally.
  5. It's time to assemble the sandwiches! Take about 3 thin slices of ham and layer them between two of the chili corn cakes. Plate the sandwich, then top it with the warm cheddar sauce and fresh cilantro. Any leftover sauce, chili corn cakes and ham can be sealed in containers and refrigerated to use the next day for leftovers! Enjoy!

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