Italian Parmesan Corn Cakes

I've found that when I serve my kids anything in the form of a pancake, whether it’s sweet or savory, it's generally quite popular with them. There's something about letting kids eat food with their hands that, in my experience, makes mealtime more fun for them. Considering how powerful our sense of touch is, getting to hold your food in your hands can really heighten the eating experience. It may not exactly be great kitchen table etiquette to eat with your mitts, but once in a while it sure is fun.

These Italian Parmesan Corncakes have a crunchy texture from the cornmeal and a savory flavor from the Parmesan. Dipping them in a side of marinara sauce just brings it all together and really makes them hit the spot. Originally I had planned to cut up the corncakes for the kids, but before I could get to their plates with my fork and knife, they were already in their hands and mouths — my pancake theory proven yet again. But whether it's the novel shape that makes them so appealing to little ones or simply how delicious they smell coming out of the skillet, these corncakes are just plain ol’ delicious!

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Italian Parmesan Corn Cakes (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 12 mins Cook Time: 8 mins

nut free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup cornmeal*
  • 1/3 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tsp Dried Italian Herbs
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 3/4 Cup Milk*
  • 2 Tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • Additional oil for cooking

Preparation

1. In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk and oil.
3. Slowly combine the dry ingredients with the wet and allow the batter to rest for 10 minutes.
4. After resting, pour 1 tbsp of oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
5. Place 1 tbsp of the cornmeal batter in the skillet (making as many corncakes as possible) and cook for 2 minutes on each side or until golden.
6. Continue to make the rest of the cakes.
7. Serve with marinara sauce on the side for dipping.

Accompaniments

marinara or tomato sauce

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  • CuteEverything

    These look great! I might try to put a little marinara and parmesan on them and broil them for a minute for mini pizzas. Thank you for sharing!

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    • Fabiana S

      That's how I always make this!
      My 21 month son loves it and gobbles it up.
      Yummy!

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    • Jodi

      Good call! I served them as plain pancakes to a 1 & 2yr old and had no luck. Once I added marinara and a little melted cheese - they were gobbled up. I was afraid I'd struck out, but your suggestion saved this recipe!! A good option for a quick meal for the wee-ones. Thanks!

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  • Breanna

    i love this recipe! I'll be getting my little lady into her apron to make it tomorrow!

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    Thanks so much for a great meal!

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  • Lisaleigh

    I want to try these with my Tuscan Bean Soup! I think they will make it magical!! Yummy

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  • Olive's Mom

    Mmmm. Are these ok to freeze?

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    • Tianah

      Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or shemtoing. I think that you could do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but other than that, this is great blog. A great read. I will certainly be back..

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  • Lisa

    sounds like a variation on the south american \"arepa\"--very yummy!

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  • Julie

    Sounds delicious!! For a dairy free version, would you sub something for parmesan, or just leave it out? I would sub plain soy milk for milk.

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    • Julie

      You can get a dairy free, soy based Parmesan cheese. I have found it at our local health food store. I have a friend who can't have dairy and I have used it in recipes for her, specifically a risotto. MIght want to check it out!

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  • Kate'sMom

    My daughter has an egg allergy which has unfortunately limited our pancake eating. Any suggestions for tweaks to the recipe to eliminate the egg and still make it fluffy and taste good?

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    • ParkSlopeMom

      Kate's Mom:
      Have you tried the eggless pancake recipe (\"no yolking around pancake\") from The Petit Appetit cookbook? It's delicious and nutritious, and may be an option for your little one.

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    • Megan

      Katesmom:

      This is a vegan pancake recipe that I use all the time, and it's easy, light, and fluffy. I am sure you could tweak it and add some berries, vanilla, cinnamon, or whatever your kids like. I have made these at least a dozen times, and they are always yummy!

      http://www.food.com/recipe/5-minute-vegan-pancakes-132263

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    • Whitney

      We have egg allergies too, and since this recipe calls for just one egg, you might be able to replace it with a combo of oil, water and baking powder. I've seen several variations, but two common replacement ratios for one egg are:

      2 and 1/2 TBL water
      2 and 1/2 TBL oil
      1 and 1/2 TBL baking powder

      OR

      2 TBL water
      1 TBL oil
      2 tsp baking powder

      I'm not sure which would work better in the recipe. You might have to experiment. Mix the oil water and baking powder together seperately and stir until it fizzes. Add it as the last ingredient, stir, and start using the batter immediately. The mixture loses its rising ability rather quickly so you can't store unused batter. Hope this helps!

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  • Carmen Smith

    This sounds scrumptious....I will give it a try for sure!

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  • pineymom2

    Could you use polenta instead of cornmeal?

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  • Lucy

    i would like to use egg whites instead of the whole egg so there won't be such a prominent egg flavor. How many egg whites would I use?

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    • Lyn Life Lyn Style

      3 whites=1 whole egg

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  • Cristina

    i make similar ones ,i am usually adding fresh corn kernels to them

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  • Catherine

    I made these tonight for my son and he ate 1 out of 2 cakes. I consider this a success :-) I used goat dry jack cheese in place of parm cheese.

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  • Kelly B

    Looks SOOOO yummy!

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  • Mirella

    what would you serve these with? i try to always give my kids a protein, veggie and starch at dinnertime. not sure what to pair this with but they sound delicious!

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    • Jamie

      Spaghetti and meatballs. I am using these in place of garlic bread..

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  • Mya

    These were great! Thanks for a great gluten free recipe!

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  • Zaee

    delicious! i have some unused batter. how long will it stay in the fridge?

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    • Whitney

      I haven't tried freezing them, but since they're so similar to pancakes I would make up the rest and freeze them between sheets of wax or parchment paper. Whenever I make pancakes I cook up a double batch and freeze half. Then I can pop them in the toaster in the morning and my kids have fresh pancakes and I don't have to do any work. I would think these would work similarly.

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  • Dana

    My 2 1/2 year old loved these! I added a little garlic powder to the batter after making hers. It adds a little more flavor for my taste.

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  • Meredith

    thought you might want to label these gluten free for the gf community to find on your site :) they look wonderful, i'm making them today

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    • Meredith

      these turned out perfect! thank you catherine for this wonderful recipe and I got my son who's got sensory issues and is on the Autism spectrum to eat them too! hooray! I don't see a cookbook on your site, are you coming out with one?

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  • Coralee

    These were great, I omitted the salt and sugar, and added some garlic powder. I was surprised when even my 1 yr old, who is very picky about texture, gobbled these up. Thanks for this delicious recipe, I will be making these again.

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  • Missy

    I'm making these tonight to go with our meatloaf. I just found the recipe and have just enough time before dinner to make them. Hoping they'll go over well with my kids! Thanks for the recipe!

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    • Missy

      These were awesome! I tried one without the marinara and thought it was good. But then I dipped it into the marinara...WOW!!! What a great snack this will be! My kids each ate 1/2 of one, but they were more interested in the green beans and cooked apples on their plates...go figure! :). Thanks again for this recipe!

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  • Martha

    Just tried these tonight. My son just turned 4 this week, and he ate most of one. I'll consider that a hit. We served ours marinara for dipping and green beans cooked in a little olive oil and italian seasonings. I like the other comment that mentioned serving it with a bean soup. I may try that in cooler weather.
    I just found your site through a Cool Mom Picks email, and I'm so glad I did! My son's older than I guess your original target audience is/was, but he's so picky and these all look like great recipes.

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  • Nelzay

    This is a twist of a latin Arepas. I mixed it with sweet corn cream and they were very good. Perfect for those days when creativity is away..

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  • Naomi G.

    My son is 15 months and going through a picky stage. Gobbled these up! I made half the batch with some ground up chick peas and an extra splash of oil for moisture, and those are perfect too.

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  • Meredith S.

    I have 3 picky eaters in my house (including the hubby) and each of them dislike different things. This was a HUGE HIT for us all! My 6 y.o. daughter ate 4 and my 4 y.o. daughter ate 2. These were tasty and super easy to make. Might I add that they came together quickly and were great for a busy weeknight!

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  • Areny

    I have to say, I totally diaserge with your assessment of the Banana Butter Scotch cake. I would honestly say, this would be listed in my top 3 of the layered cakes most likely number one. Well, that is until we break out the next chocolate cake. When is that going to be again?!

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  • Dina

    Loved these! I'm thinking these would be great for a play date with a lot of kids. Thanks!

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