Who's excited for Sunday? I know I am!--well, I'll be at the beach, so I won't get to see it until I get back, but GUESS WHAT COMES BACK ON SUNDAY!!!
That's right, just about the funniest, most well-written awkward comedy in existence. I love The Office, but Arrested Development has the kind of awkward that The Office only WISHES it had. I have no idea what my beloved show will be like in its 10-years-older form, but I trust the writers and cast to at least give us a few good laughs regardless of how "good" it turns out. We were expecting a movie, and they did us one better. Thanks, guys! I didn't know much about the show before a friend let me borrow a season, though I'd heard from other friends that it was wonderful, and I soon became hooked. I plowed through the entire series in about a week. All the little twists and turns were genius. The guest stars were perfectly placed. Michael Cera was Michael Cera before it was cool to be Michael Cera.
If I was home this weekend you best believe I'd be throwing an Arrested Development party. And you know what? Maybe I'll still do one, albeit a week late. I mean, look at this Buzzfeed Article. How much fun is that? Despite REEEALLY looking forward to a weekend at the beach, I am pretty sad I'll be missing my opportunity to throw a Bluth-worthy party. So, I knew I had to try to recreate one of these foods for the blog... but which one... Hot Ham Water? Ew. No. Frozen bananas? Delicious, but I was lacking in popsicle sticks. Epic amounts of juice and possibly vodka and toast? But really, I knew what I'd pick all along. Obviously, the best choice...
CORNBALLS. Thankfully, I was sans Cornballer and avoided getting horribly burned, but the process is pretty simple. Make balls of corn, drop in oil, devour (preferably with some sriracha mayo). They taste like the best corn dog you've ever had, sans dog.
Can I mention how proud I am of my food styling here? See if you can catch all the little references I threw in ;) The photography itself still needs work, but I'm getting there!
Cornballs, sans Cornballer
(Adapted only slightly from Bakin Bit)
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup corn flour/masa
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup buttermilk (I had none, so I used 1 tbs vinegar in one cup milk)
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbs honey
2 jalapeno, seeded and diced
2 stalks green onion, sliced thin
1 cup fresh corn kernels (frozen also works, fresh is best)
Whisk together all dry ingredients except sugar and veggies. Separately, whisk together buttermilk, oil, eggs, and sugar until well combined. Slowly add the dry to the wet and stir until just combined. Fold in veggies. Let sit for a minute or two to thicken.
Fry in a deep fryer or pan fry in a few inches of hot oil at 365 degrees F. Scoop batter into hot oil, being careful not to crowd. With wet hands, form into golfball-sized balls. Fry until golden brown on all sides, cornballs will float when just about cooked through.* Let sit on a paper towel-lined plate and blot off excess grease.
Serve immediately with Sriracha mayo--1 tbs sriracha for every 1/4 cup mayo.**
*took some trial and error to figure out exactly how long they took to cook. Fry one or two to desired done-ness and then cut in half to make sure cooked through. If not, add an additional minute or two.
**In truth (bluth?) I actually ate most of these sans-sauce, they're very good!