Cachapas

Corn Pancakes Stuffed with Buffalo Mozzarella

In this recipe excerpted from La Latina cookbook, Venezuelan masa cakes are griddled and then folded in half over slices of buffalo mozzarella.

“In Venezuela, cachapas are mostly eaten during the weekend, and you will go to the best place that makes them no matter how far it is from your house, just to satisfy that craving. I also have strong memories of eating cachapas during Easter, when entire families pack up their cars and head for the beach – which for us was six hours away, including a ferry ride, to Margarita Island. The one thing that kept me and my cousins happy was that we got to stop along the road to eat cachapas, plus the thought of eating this treat at the local wooden shack every day while on the island. We were not allowed to eat meat during Easter, but could have plenty of these soulful sweet and savory corn pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.”– Grace Ramirez 


Reproduced with permission from La Latina, by Grace Ramirez. Published by Random House (NZ).  Text copyright ©Grace Ramirez, 2015. Photographs copyright ©Garth Badger, 2015. Click here to purchase your own copy. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups sweet corn kernels (cut raw off fresh cobs, or thawed frozen, or canned and drained)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 5 tablespoons pre-cooked white cornmeal (I use Harina P.A.N. brand)
  • oil, for frying
  • 4 balls fresh buffalo mozzarella, sliced

Serves 8

PREPARATION

  1. In a blender, place corn kernels, sugar, salt, milk, egg, and cornmeal. Pulse until just combined, but don’t purée.
  2. Lightly oil a griddle or heavy-bottomed frying pan and place over a medium-high heat. Use a ladle to add cachapas mixture to the pan, shaping them like a pancake about 10 centimeters in diameter. When bubbles start to form on top, lower the heat and continue to cook for about 2 minutes. Flip over and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. place slices of mozzarella on one half of each cachapa and fold the other half over. Serve immediately.
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