I never know what to make as an appetizer when we have people over. I’m always stumped by what will keep well enough to have out, or what jives with various food preferences and intolerances. Today’s recipe is a fun and unique one though, sure to be a hit as an appetizer or family lunch. We certainly enjoyed them ALL just for lunch. They’re delicious topped with the healthy, flavorful toppings in this recipe, but they’re also completely amazing drizzled with honey after they’re freshly fried. I swooned over these crispy, honey drenched little goodies. Mmmmm I want some now…

Obviously these are just a template and you can top them with anything. Maybe some creme fraiche, dill, smoked salmon and poached egg for a gluten-free benedict. Yes please! Endless awesome possibilities! Honestly, we went this route with the toppings simply because I snagged these gorgeous little heirloom cherry tomatoes and couldn’t resist. Aren’t they beautiful? Food is so gorgeous…

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  • 2 cups plain corn meal (if using fine white you may need to use less water, just an fyi)
  • 1-1/2 cups warm water, added slowly to check consistency
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • coconut oil for frying
  • corn salsa
  • avocado
  • sour cream
  • heirloom cherry tomatoes

~ Combine cornmeal and salt, add water slowly while stirring to get desired consistency. You want a batter on the thinner side but without the water pooling up.

~ Heat 1/3 inch of coconut oil in a cast iron skillet. Once hot, drop spoonfuls of batter in and fry for 4 minutes total. Drain on paper towel.

~ At this point your welcome to just slather these tasty morsels in honey but you could also top with corn salsa, avocado, sour cream and cherry tomatoes for a southwest delight (as pictured).

Serve and ENJOY!!!

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