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Pimento Corn Cakes

Lazarus Lynch

Laz unites flavors from the south with flavors of Mexico in these pimento poblano corn cakes. They're cheesy, light, and as Laz says, straightup "bomb".



  • 2 poblano peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups yellow corn flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 4 tablespoons clarified butter, plus more for cooking
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 ounces pimento cheese spread
  • Sour cream, optional
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, optional

Let's get Cooking...

  1. Over an open flame, roast the poblano pepper on all sides until skin is black, rotating frequently. Transfer the pepper to a zip lock bag and seal for 2 minutes. Run the pepper under cold water and gently rub the pepper to remove the outer skin. Remove the seeds and finely chop.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the cornflour, baking powder, salt, and chili powder. Whisk in the butter, honey, buttermilk, and eggs. Fold in the poblano pepper and pimento cheese.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon clarified butter in a cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Drop 1/4 cup batter into the pan and cook cakes until browned on the bottom and bubble around the edges. Using a spatula, flip the corn cakes and cook until golden brown, about 1 more minute. Garnish with sour cream, parsley, clarified butter, and honey. Cook with soul. Eat with pleasure.