Thursday, May 23, 2013

Arrested Development Returns -- George Bluth Sr.'s Infamous Corn Balls

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
2 eggs
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!

18 comments:

  1. I am SO excited for the season premier. I'm pretty much going to watch it all in one sitting. And if these are really that easy, I'll make these too! To serve with all the juice I can handle :)

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    1. If you have a deep fryer they're even easier. Keeping a steady temperature when my fry thermometer couldn't clip to the side of the shallow pan was the hardest part for me.

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  2. Those corn balls look SO delicious. I found out about 2 days ago that my bf had never seen the show. None of it. I watched it when it was originally on, so it's been a while for me -- we're going to have to plow through the old episodes SO fast to be able to watch the new episodes :)

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  3. Love Arrested Development too! I never knew there were real corn balls, though. That's awesome you made some! I need to rewatch the seasons because I got the cutoffs, but I can't place the other items in your picture yet. I need to do some homework!

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    1. NO ONE is getting the jelly beans, haha... the drink is just because it's blue, and mostly made of vodka so that's kinda two allusions? The bananas should be obvious.

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  4. Ummm. . .I love you and I love that we both posted Arrested Development recipes today. I also love that we both decided to write which recipes to post and not post. Hot Ham Water? Don't think so! I am having a party this weekend and perhaps I'll use YOUR cornball recipe!! :-)

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    1. Too cool! :) I feel late in the game since I'm seeing posts from like, last week. But better late than never! Hot ham water just sounds like what they'd serve in my own personal hell.

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  5. 1-awesome food styling, forreals
    2-OMG OMG OMG OMG I AM SO EXCITED FOR ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT EEEEEEEE

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  6. "That's a little corn ball." I wish I had planned ahead better because I would totally throw a AD viewing party, but entry would be based on your chicken impression.

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  7. I am on the edge of my seat with excitement over Arrested Development! literally. can't. wait.

    I think I need to make these corn balls to celebrate!

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    1. I finally made a vegetarian recipe you can enjoy! hehe

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  8. Wow! What you gonna do with those balls? Like attacking some one, huh? haha.
    They looks really tasty and fabulous. Worth a try, of course!!

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  9. I really can't wait to watch Arrested Development tomorrow & those corn balls look awesome! Just found your blog & will def be following it from now on : ) And, as an English major I love the description at the top of your page haha. I just started a bucket list blog if you want to check it out!

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  10. I have never heard or tried these but they look like something that I would be into! I love Michael Cera :) Such a funny guy. I haven't gotten into Arrested Development but I think I will have to now!

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  11. I've never watched this show. I have no idea why not, every one says it's super awesome. I may need to buy the old seasons and catch up. These balls are amazing. I need to make them as soon as possible.

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  12. Yum, these look great! I haven't watched Arrested Development either, but I'm definitely planning on watching the entire series some time soon because I hear nothing but good stuff!

    Sues

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  13. THIS IS AWESOME!! Arrested Development is the best! I haven't watched the new ones yet though -- but am looking forward to it! Great recipe - hilarious!

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  14. I've never made corn balls before, but i must say, they look absolutely amazing!

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