Chopped peppers and jalapenos are added to the batter of these bite-size cornmeal patties, as well as served raw on top. Dollops of avocado-cilantro cream temper the heat.

Martha Stewart Living, October 2018


Credit: Lennart Weibull

Recipe Summary

45 mins
50 mins
Makes about 32


Avocado Cream


Instructions Checklist
  • Johnnycakes: Cook bacon in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp and browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain, then finely chop. Remove all but 1 tablespoon fat from skillet; return to medium heat. Add onion, hot and mild peppers, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden in places, 7 to 9 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl; let cool completely.

  • In a bowl, whisk together cornmeal, flour, baking powder, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add eggs, milk, sour cream, and sugar along with cooled pepper mixture, whisking just until combined (do not overmix). Stir in bacon; let stand 10 minutes.

  • Avocado Cream: Halve and pit avocado; scoop flesh into the bowl of a food processor. Add sour cream, cilantro, lime zest and juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Process until smooth. Transfer mixture to a bowl and cover with plastic until ready to serve.

  • Wipe skillet clean and return to medium heat; coat with a thin film of oil. Drop level tablespoons of batter into skillet, 2 inches apart. Cook until cakes are golden on bottoms, small bubbles form at surfaces, and edges lift slightly from pan, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until cakes are golden on bottoms and spring back when lightly pressed, 1 to 2 minutes more. (Brush pan with more oil as needed.) Top with dollops of avocado cream and chopped peppers; serve.

Cook's Notes

Keep the cakes warm on a rimmed baking sheet in a 200 degree oven until you're ready to serve them.