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


  • 1 Cup cornmeal*
  • 1/3 Cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tsp Dried Italian Herbs
  • 1/2 Tsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tsp sugar
  • 1 Tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 Cup milk
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • Additional oil for cooking


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.


marinara or tomato sauce

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.