Succotash Fritters with Garlic-Herb Dipping Sauce

What’s more Southern than a smattering of fresh garden produce fried to golden perfection?

Succotash Fritters with Garlic-Herb Dipping Sauce
 
Makes about 10 Fritters
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
  • ¼ cup diced red onion
  • ⅔ cup plain yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ⅔ cup whole milk
  • 1 cup cooked baby lima beans, cooled and patted dry
  • ½ cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • Garlic-Herb Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)
  • Garnish: green onion
Garlic-Herb Dipping Sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh green onions
  • 2 teaspoons garlic paste
  • 1½ teaspoons white wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large cast-iron skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add corn and onion; cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from skillet; place on a parchment paper-lined sheet pan and place in freezer for about 5 minutes. Wipe skillet clean.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, thyme, baking powder, salt, paprika, and black pepper. Stir in milk just until combined. Gently fold in corn mixture, beans, and red peppers.
  3. Pour just enough oil to lightly coat bottom of skillet (about ¼ cup), and heat over medium heat. Working in batches, spoon batter by ¼ cupfuls, slightly spreading batter with spatula. Cook, turning once, until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes per side, adjusting heat as needed to prevent overbrowning. Remove from skillet and let drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean between batches. Add more oil if necessary and repeat with remaining batter. Serve immediately with Garlic-Herb Dipping Sauce or your favorite hot sauce. Garnish with green onion, if desired.
Garlic-Herb Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small bowl, stir together all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for up to 5 days.