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An Inspiration on Acarajé (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters)

  • Prep 1 hr 5 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 28

Ingredients

Fritters

2
cans (15.8 oz each) black-eyed peas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
1/3
cup finely chopped white onion
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
1
cup Progresso™ Italian style panko crispy bread crumbs
1
egg
2
cups vegetable oil

Sauce

1
tablespoon olive oil
2
tablespoons finely chopped green onions (2 medium)
1
clove garlic, finely chopped
2
tablespoons finely chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
1
can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen™ organic fire roasted tomatoes, undrained
1/2
teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
40
% Daily Value
Total Fat
4 1/2g
7%
Saturated Fat
1/2g
3%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
5mg
2%
Sodium
190mg
8%
Potassium
75mg
2%
Total Carbohydrate
8g
3%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
0g
Protein
2g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
2%
2%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
4%
4%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Expert Tips

Make sure the oil is heated to the correct temperature. As a test, fry 1 patty. If it doesn't hold its consistency, stir 1/4 cup additional bread crumbs into the mixture before forming the remaining patties. Patties will be tender; for best results, use a slotted spoon during frying.

The women from Brazil, especially from Bahia, make these wonderful patties as a day-to-day meal.

For an impressive garnish, cut additional green onions lengthwise into stick shapes. Decorate each patty with a green onion stick.

The texture of the patty mix is dry, like any other vegetarian patty.

Directions

  • 1 In food processor, place black-eyed peas. Cover; process to make a thick puree. In medium bowl, mix peas, white onion, 1 clove garlic, the bread crumbs and egg until well combined. Cover; refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.
  • 2 To make Sauce, in 10-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add green onions and 1 clove garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in parsley; cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and salt; cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until some of liquid evaporates. Cover to keep warm.
  • 3 In 1-quart saucepan, heat 2 cups vegetable oil over medium heat to 375°F. Shape black-eyed pea mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls; then shape balls into 2-inch patties, about 1/2 inch thick.
  • 4 Fry in batches of 4 patties 1 to 2 minutes, using slotted spoon to add and remove patties (no need to turn). Drain on paper towels. Serve warm with sauce.

The women from Brazil, especially from Bahia, make these wonderful patties as a day-to-day meal.

Rate and Comment

The women from Brazil, especially from Bahia, make these wonderful patties as a day-to-day meal.