Saturday was the Big Disc-It Round Up and Team AlbuKirky went in with high expectations. Considering we got our butt’s kicked last year, we were still optimistic the fans and judges would appreciate our latest Disc-It dish. Since our crushing defeat last year, we have been brain storming ideas and testing new recipes that would return our team to championship glory. After months of testing, we finally came up with the Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Corn Fritter with Honey Butter.
|I got my big hat on, I’m ready to cook!
At high noon on Saturday we fired up our Disc-Its and began serving up our latest culinary creation to the hungry crowds and judges. After 4 solid hours of batter mixing, fritter frying and serving, we were spent. When all was said and done, we had served about 900 of our delicious fritters. The crowds seemed to really enjoy the fritters and many of them came back for seconds and thirds. It was tough to get a read on the judges though. They had put on their poker faces or hid behind their score pads so as not to give any indications of their like or dislike of our dish. All we could do was wait for the scores to be tallied and winners announced.
|Frying up some bacon in Sean’s Game of Thrones Disc-It
Finally, the dust had settled and it was time to announce the winners. We won judges categories for Most Unique Dish and Best Booth Design. AND (drumroll, please) we also won the Grand Prize Judges Choice Award. Whooohoo! Team AlbuKirky was back to our winning ways.
|An exhausted Team AlbuKirky
After cooking all those fritters we were exhausted, but in a good way. This event is one of our favorites because it’s more that just a cooking contest, it’s about raising money for the kids of UNM Children’s Hospital. The Disc-It Round Up is a passion project for Nevin and the entire Montano family and they have really made it a special event. We can’t wait to do it all over again next year! Thanks to everyone who came out and showed your support.
Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Corn Fritters
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup corn meal
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 cup sugar
Pinch of salt
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs, beaten
4 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 cup canned corn (drained)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup cooked diced bacon (10-12 slices)
2 jalapeños diced (seeds removed)
4 tablespoons butter (softened)
1/2 cup honey
In a bowl combine all of the dry ingredients for the fritters. Next, add the milk, eggs and butter, stir until just combined. Stir in the corn, cheese, bacon and jalapeños. In a Disc-It or large dutch oven, heat oil to 370º. Drop in the fritters using two teaspoons to scrape the batter into a ball. Fry 3-4 minutes or until fritters are golden brown. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel. In a small bowl, combine the softened butter and honey. Serve fritters and honey butter immediately. Enjoy!