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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
  • 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
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup extra sharp shredded cheddar
  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!