Corn and Sausage Fritters Servings: 24 (about 1.5oz each) Prep Time: 50 minutes Total Time: 50 minutes

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Ingredients

Fritters:
3/4 cup self-rising flour
1 large egg, beaten
1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons skim milk, divided
1 (15oz) can Butter Kernel® Gold & White Harvest Reserve Corn, drained
2 green onions, chopped
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 lb. ground sausage
1/2 cup olive oil

Tortilla Base:
8 flour tortillas, cut into smaller circles
1 tablespoon chili lime seasoning blend

Cream Cheese Spread:
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons corn reserved from can for Fritters, divided
1 green onion
1/2 tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons celery, chopped
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 (4oz) can diced green chiles, drained
2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream

Additional Garnish:
1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
Fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons corn reserved from can for Fritters

Preparation:

Using a food processor, blend together ingredients for Cream Cheese Spread. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the corn to stir in whole after processing. Chill for 2 hours.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a skillet on medium-high, and briefly fry tortilla circles until lightly browned. Remove to paper towel and sprinkle with chipotle lime rub. Set aside.

Brown sausage. Set aside.

After reserving 6 tablespoons of corn from the corn for the cream cheese mixture and garnish, blend the remainder with 2 tablespoons of milk in a food processor. Add chopped green onions, white pepper, hot pepper sauce, red pepper flakes, and sea salt.

Sift flour into a large bowl, and make a well. Add egg, heavy whipping cream, and remainder of milk, stirring with a wooden spoon to combine. Stir in corn mixture and sausage.
Add 1/4 cup olive oil to skillet, and use a small scoop to make Fritters in batches, flattening slightly. Fry over medium to high heat for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Add more oil as needed. Drain Fritters on paper towels.

Assemble appetizers by spreading cream cheese mixture on tortilla base, then add a Fritter, and top with hot pepper jelly, cilantro leaves, and reserved corn kernels.

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