Memphis food blogger Cara Greensteen shares her favorite summer side dish.

Cara Greenstein

The beauty of summer corn is in both its color and bite. Fresh corn instantly brightens a plate, brings sweetness to savory dishes, and adds crunch, beckoning the steel cut textures of our classic Southern favorites.

Corn fritters are traditionally deep fried, but I gave them a lighter spin for summer. My recipe includes sharp white cheddar cheese, and fresh scallions, cilantro, and green garlic for a pop of color and flavor. I pan fry the fritters in a little oil until they are crispy and golden brown.

You can serve the fritters piled high with a simple aioli on the side, plate them individually beneath jumbo lump crab cakes, or pair them with grilled pork tenderloin or skirt steak with chimichurri. I love this recipe not only for its use of white cheddar and fresh herbs, but also because it is so easy to prepare and serve. You can make the fritters hours before your al fresco dinner. Simply pop the fritters back a 300˚ oven for 5 minutes, or until sizzling.

There's no need to bite the cobs (and require toothpicks) to enjoy juicy, sweet summer corn. Let's redefine our summer sides with this refreshing spin on a Southern classic.

Get the recipe for Cara Greenstein's Summer Corn Fritters

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Cara Greenstein is author of the award-winning Memphis-based food and lifestyle brand Caramelized. A bonafide foodie and entertaining expert, Cara shares a wealth of inspiration for the kitchen and home, as well as guides for outings in Memphis and across the South. Her latest venture, the Caramelized Supper Club, offers a "dinner party in a box" subscription service for convenient and creative at-home entertaining. Learn more at