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An Inspiration on Acarajé (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters)

an inspiration on acarajé (black-eyed pea fritters) Appetizer South American
An Inspiration on Acarajé (Black-Eyed Pea Fritters)
  • Prep 1 hr 5 min
  • Total 1 hr 45 min
  • Ingredients 12
  • Servings 28

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

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

Directions

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  • 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.

  • 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.

Expert Tips

  • 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.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

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.

More About This Recipe

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

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