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Corn Cheese Balls

Sep 07, 2014         9 comments.

These corn cheese balls are one of the tastiest snack time treats ever! Stuffed with cheese, these are deep fried to crispy perfection!

Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Take a deep breath.

Because these corn cheese balls will take your breath away!

No kidding! Every once in a while, I come across a truly brilliant recipe that just screams gourmet goodness! These corn cheese balls were such elegant little treats I came across while surfing one of the gazillion cooking shows on television. The idea of a white sauce base to otherwise regular corn balls was really interesting for me to experiment. Stuffing them with a cube of mozzarella was a stroke of genius, I believe. And I have my No-Meatball Sliders to thank that for!

These corn cheese balls are definitely an indulgence – one that you should let yourself have once, maybe twice a year! They go heavy on everything – cheese, oil, seasonings etc. Needless to say, exercise caution while making these beauties since self control is not something you might have while frying them up! However, make them for your next party and watch everyone go ga-ga over these simple deep fried goodie!  

Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Corn Cheese Balls – Printable Recipe

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Corn Cheese Balls


  • Author: Kavitha
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: around 20-25 corn cheese balls 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons All Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Milk or Half & Half or Cream
  • 2 teaspoons Salt (adjust to suit your taste)
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Hot Pepper Flakes / Chilli Powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Oregano / Mixed Herbs
  • 1/2 cup Grated Cheese
  • 1 cup Corn Kernels
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1/4 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • Mozzarella Cheese cubes (or any gooey, stringy cheese), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • Vegetable or Canola Oil, to deep fry

Instructions

  1. In a pan with high sides, add butter and all purpose flour. As the butter melts, stir well with flour till raw smell of the flour goes.
  2. Add the milk/cream and constantly stir. The mixture will start to thicken. Keep cooking on medium low flame till you have a thick paste.
  3. Meanwhile, add the corn kernels & garlic to a food processor and grind to a coarse paste.
  4. To the white sauce paste, add the corn mixture, all the spices, salt, grated cheese, cornstarch, breadcrumbs and mix well. You should have a thick, tight dough like mixture. If the mixture is too sticky, add more breadcrumbs or cornstarch. Adjust the salt & spices to suit your taste.
  5. Chill the mixture in the fridge until you have to fry them. You can make the mixture a day ahead of time as well.
  6. Take 1 tablespoon measure of the dough and roll into a ball. Stuff each ball with a small cube of cheese. Place on a greased plate.
  7. Bring oil to temperature. Gently drop the corn cheese balls into the oil and let them fry at medium heat for 3-4 minutes or each side or until they are crispy, golden brown in color.
  8. Serve hot with your favorite dips.

Corn Cheese Balls – step by step pictorial

Start off by add butter and flour to a pan. As the butter melts, stir well to incorporate the flour. Cook for 1-2 minutes till raw smell of the flour leaves.
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Then add in some milk / cream and keep stirring constantly. The mixture will thicken and become like a paste.
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Add the seasonings and grate some cheese into it.
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Meanwhile, grind the corn kernels. You can precook them for 8 minutes if you want. However, since they are going to be deep fried, it is not necessary.
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Add the ground corn, breadcrumbs, cornflour and seasonings to the white paste mixture. Mix well to form a thick dough like mixture.
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Make equal, lemon sized balls of the mixture, stuff each one with a small cube of cheese. Prepare all and set on a plate. You can keep them chilled for 30 minutes
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Deep fry the balls for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Serve with ketchup or chutneys or your favorite dip!

Corn Cheese Balls Recipe | Easy Vegetarian Appetizers | Written by Kavitha Ramaswamy of Foodomania.com

Other deep fried goodies to watch out for –

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Samosa
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Empanadas
empanadas

Capsicum Pakoda
capsicum pakoda

Vegetable Bhajiyas
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9 Comments on “Corn Cheese Balls

  1. @Kavitha and other readers of this blog, i need a little help

    I saw advertisement of Philips Air Fryer in a magazine couple of days ago. Do you have any experience of using it ? Is it worth bying ? Please upload names of recipes which can be made hassle free in the Air Fryer

    1. Hi Sadhana,
      I’m personally never going to be using that. It absorbs all the moisture from the food to make crispy fries and what not. Although it is makes the dish fat-free / low-fat, all the other nutrients are robbed too. I don’t deep fry or used excessive fat in cooking. And you do need basic amounts of oil / ghee etc to function properly! I deep fry once in a while and I’d like to have my fries in the full fat version as opposed to this dehydrated fries! And I already have an OTG for grilling & baking so I don’t need this.
      However, a lot of people find this helpful since you can make chips with almost any vegetable, make sandwiches, roast vegetables etc. I guess you have to decide how often you’ll use it and decide whether it will be a good investment or not..

  2. I tried this today. it was delicious. I added bit more spices. but loved this cheese base! thx for sharing!

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