Alright guys, here’s what I think you’re thinking…
Well, one of two things.
Either you are completely, totally intrigued and think you HAVE to give these plantain fritters a try right this minute, or you’re like “Ewwwwww… plantain fritters? Now that’s way too weird for me! Thanks, but no thanks…”
When I saw them on Lauren’s site, I definitely fell into the first category. But if you happen to be in the second, please, don’t change the channel just yet.
At least, give me a chance to TRY and convince you to maybe-perhaps-consider-eventually give them a try…
First off, just like any other fritter out there, they are just super easy to make and come together in no time at all. But they have one MAJOR advantage over all the other fritters that I’ve made so far: they hold their shape VERY well. Surprisingly well.
They are NOT of the delicate kind, yet they are extremely moist.
I really wish I could describe their texture to you, but I think it’s something you’re going to have to experiment for yourselves. It’s just too strange.
If I was going to try and put it into words, I would say that they are like sticky, chewy and gooey, yet firm but creamy and crunchy at the same time. And they taste really sweet, but not like dessert sweet.
Like a half savory banana bread?
I decided to add a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, as well as a few Brazil nuts to mine. I served them with a spicy sweet and sour peach and bell pepper chutney…
The marriage of the fritters and the chutney seems to be one that had been planned since birth, seriously. It was like the two were just MADE to be together.
The addition of Brazil nuts was also a VERY GOOD move.
Their very distinctive and unique “creamy/crunchy” texture went so perfectly well with that of the fritters!
To say that I really liked them would be an understatement.
I was just simply blown away! These are just unbelievable. The flavor, the texture, the whole experience was like out of this world!
Seriously people? This was one of the best things I’ve eaten in a long time, and I wolfed the whole thing down right on the set.
Once I’d sunk my teeth into one of these babies, that was it. I couldn’t wait one second longer. I just had to have more!
I had a hard time finishing that shoot, to be honest.
Lucky for me, I had some leftover the next day, which I just reheated quick quick in the microwave and topped with the now “aged” chutney.
They were just as good, if not better. Oh, and “ahem”… I might have felt that the microwave was a tad too slow for my taste, so I ate one right out of the fridge, while waiting for the other ones to reheat.
I have to say that they’re pretty good cold also!
But seriously, I think next time, I’ll be making a double batch!
- 2 large plantains, grated
- 1 large egg
- ¼ cup flax seed meal
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
- 50g Brazil nuts, coarsely chopped
- 150g peaches, cut into ½" pieces (I used frozen, but fresh would be even better. You'll need 2 peaches)
- ½ red bell pepper, finely chopped
- 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, membrane removed, finely chopped
- 2 green onions, finely chopped
- ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp unpasteurized liquid honey
- In a medium mixing bowl, whisk the egg, then add all the other ingredients and mix delicately until well combined.
- Heat a non stick pan over medium heat, coat with cooking spray or use a drizzle of coconut oil. When pan is hot enough, scoop ¼ cup of mixture and shape it into a nice round fritter.
- Cook approx 4-5 minutes per a side, until they get nice and golden.
- Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix well
- You can serve this immediately or prepare it in advance and leave it in the fridge for a couple of hours, or even overnight, to let flavors develop.
- Grain Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Paleo Friendly_
The fritters, all naked and lonely… but still looking absolutely stunning!
Garnished with some of that gorgeous chutney.
Oh my! Just looking at the 2 of them together, my mouth waters!
Close-up of on that chutney… so colorful and pretty, it almost looks like a bunch of tiny jewels!