Tuesday, 27 September 2011

jalapeno rosemary potato fritters

Crunchy fried snacks are awesome. There is no dispute about this in my world. However, for the most part, I have been happy to sit back and relax as a paying customer while someone else prepares my crunchy fried snacks for me.

In an uncharacteristic move, however, I've recently taken to making my own crunchy fried snacks at home. Yes, I am still not fond of using and discarding all that oil. Yes, I still dislike the eau de grease that lingers in my kitchen and on me after the event.

But the rewards of taking things into my own hands are wonderful; it means I can bring my very own crunchy fried snack ideas into fruition. Take today's post subject as an example. I can't get these vegan and gluten-free jalapeno rosemary potato fritters at my local takeaway, but I can sure make them at home. And ain't that grand?

vegan, gluten-free jalapeno rosemary potato fritters.

jalapeno rosemary potato fritters (makes 12 fritters, serves 2 as a snack)

2 medium potatoes (approx. 300g or 2/3 pound)
1 - 2 fresh jalapeno chillies (may be substituted with other types of chilli pepper)
1 sprig rosemary
2 cloves garlic
1/2 teaspoon vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup rice flour
oil, for frying

Prepping the ingredients...

Peel and shred the potatoes. Lightly rinse in cold water, then squeeze out excess water (but keep in mind that a little moisture is fine, and can actually help adherence when coating with rice flour) and set aside in a bowl.
Slice chillies lengthwise. Discard the seeds if you like it mild. Chop the chillies into thin strips.
Strip rosemary leaves from the sprig. You may leave them whole or roughly chop them.
Mince the garlic.
Toss together shredded potatoes, chilli, rosemary leaves, garlic, vinegar and sea salt.
Mix in rice flour and continue tossing until well combined.

Now the frying!

Prepare a pan or skillet for frying. Pour in enough oil (I used macadamia oil, but any oil with a high smoke point will do) to fill it up to between 2 - 3 cm, or 1 inch, and let it heat up over a high flame for a minute.
For each potato fritter, drop a heaped tablespoon of mixture into the oil and slightly loosen and flatten it to a more uniform thickness. The bottom of the fritter will cook faster, so turn it over once halfway through.
Fry until the fritter takes on a crispy golden appearance and starts to brown a little at the edges on both sides. I fried my fritters one at a time, but if you have a large skillet and deft hands, you could probably do a few at a time.

Drain your jalapeno rosemary potato fritters on paper towels, then serve on a plate while they're hot and crunchy. Enjoy these little bundles of joy with an extra sprinkle of salt and perhaps some freshly ground black pepper. Throw in a dollop of sour cream or yoghurt for good measure. Oh... and you know what else will go with this? A cold beer. Oh yes. Now that would be very nice indeed.

a stack of rosemary jalapeno potato fritters, anyone?

46 comments:

  1. I like this! Just like a rosti right?

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  2. Thanks Penny! Yeah, I guess it's similar to rosti - and latkes, too!

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  3. Jalapeño fritters, dear Lord, that sounds just delicious! =D I've got a nice batch of Espelette peppers myself, I just need to try it out.
    I wanted to thank you for your support and input in my blog BTW :)
    Take care! xxx

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  4. These sound so wonderful. I love potatoes with rosemary.

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  5. Thank you Marie-Anne! Your blog is a pleasure to read and comment upon. x

    Me too, Nicole. Actually I just love rosemary in so many applications!

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  6. its so crispy and delicious looking.

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  7. I was intimidated by the idea of frying for a long time, but once I gave it a try, I realized it's not so hard after all! Your fritters look fantastic- love the heat from jalapeño! You can strain and re-use the oli 2-3 times if you like as well.

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  8. Thanks Nava.K. :)

    la domestique, that is so true. Now that I'm getting into it I'm always thinking about what else I can fry. :D

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  9. ugh i hate eau de grease too. :(

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  10. Beautiful. I won't do this at home cos of all the oil splatter, but really wish restaurants would make fritters of such good quality!

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  11. I know, Michelle. If not for eau de grease I'd be doing a lot more frying! But I suppose it's good to keep this sort of thing as the occasional special treat. ;)

    Thanks Fatbooo! The oil splatter wasn't too bad when I made this. Just a little spit and hiss. :)

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  12. Yes please! I'm not a keen or frequent home fryer either but the results really are rather good, aren't they?

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  13. Ahhhh... It seems like EVERYONE feels just as conflicted abt wanting to eat deep fried food but not wanting to do it at home... If I find an easier and more manageable solution to this, I'll let you know! But these babies look amaaaazeballs... Wonder, I will brave myself and get back into the deep frying action too! Jalapenos and rosemary sounds brilliant! =D

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  14. They look delicious, but yep not big on frying, only due to the grease you speak of! I'd be happy for someone else to make them for me though ;)

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  15. I agree, Cindy - they are worth the trouble, every now and then!

    Winston, thank you! I think what I did here was somewhere between shallow frying and deep frying. And yeah, any tips on making it a more pleasant experience would be appreciated! :D

    Thanks Gillian! It seems I have struck a chord here in my discomfort with eau de grease. ;)

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  16. THESE look amazing (sorry, stupid typo above).

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  17. I removed the comment on your behalf Em. Thanks for coming by. x

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  18. Mmmm, I love potatoes and rosemary. Extra kick of heat makes them even better!!!

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  19. Those jalapeños sounds wonderful, I’m a huge fan of both rosemary and chilli! YUMMMMM

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  20. It really does, Yas! :)

    Thanks b.wak! :)

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  21. You are so right about frying... Home made fried stuff is really on a new level, because you can actually fry good things! On the other hand I am as well often put off by the smell clinging to the kitchen and clothes for what seems like ages. These are so sinfull, totally worth the extra step I guess...

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  22. Wow! These sound so delicious! :) Haven't done much frying at home (or anything else of that matter...) but I like the look of these. May substitute the potato with sweet potatoes too...mmmm :)

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  23. Agree with all of that, lacaffettierarosa! It really is so satisfying making my own fried food... even if I feel a little dirty afterwards. ;)

    Thanks Ashley! And ooh, sweet potatoes would be a totally awesome substitute. :D

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  24. Wow, these look amazing!!! What a great side~

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  25. These sound so good! I love the combination of jalapeno and rosemary, great idea. And anything with potato - plus anything fried! - is great in my book. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog earlier! :-)

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  26. I actually enjoy fried snacks/food but for similar reasons you have put forth (e.g. wastage of oil, greasy smell ) I actually much enjoy it when "someone" else does the job (not in my house).

    Love the addition of spice and herbs in your fritters.

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  27. Thanks Lizzy!

    I, too, am fond of the humble potato, Katherine. And thanks for coming by my blog as well! :)

    That's the thing, isn't it, tigerfish! Perhaps I'll get more used to it if I fry more frequently.

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  28. These fritters look lovely and latke-esque. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love your tag line. I can relate!

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  29. Yum I love rosemary! These sound delicious!

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  30. Ah-greed. Crunchy fried snacks are definitely awesome. These fritters look so golden brown and crisp! Have you ever tried sushi rolled in tempura chips? So, so good.

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  31. º° ✿
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    Amiga,
    Passei para uma visitinha.
    Batatas fritas com pimenta e alecrim... nunca experimentei...
    Bom fim de semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasilº° ✿
    ✿♥ °

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  32. Thanks Lentil Breakdown! May we both enjoy the blogging journey. :)

    Thanks Kyleen! I've tried sushi fried in tempura batter, and that was delicious indeed!

    Obrigada, Magia da Inês! Bom fim de semana e beijinhos!

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  33. I could easily eat a whole bag of these lovely little fried fritters!

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  34. That is grand, indeed :D

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  35. That looks super yummy and I deginitely will try this out. You could consider substituting rosemary with slivers of kafir lime leaf!!

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  36. So delicious! Just like prawn fritters or similar items. I think this would go well with a cold glass of Moscato!

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  37. Thanks Ashley, and welcome to my blog. :D

    Thanks Agnes! :)

    Thanks Temasek, and your kaffir lime leaf idea is awesome! I might have to steal it. ;)

    Thanks msihua! Hmmm... maybe I'll make prawn fritters next time. :D

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  38. argh, hate deep-frying at home too! But the end product is always so satisfying!

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  39. pigpigscorner - I know! It's such a complicated romance.

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  40. I do very little in the way of frying but every once in a while... you just have to! Love the bite in these and the presentation makes me want to pull out my skillet and pour a little oil.... uh oh.

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  41. Claudia, it does get tempting, doesn't it. ;)

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  42. This looks like a real treat Leaf. I'm a spice fiend and tried jalapeno once and it was pretty spicy! If I ever did this recipe, I think I would again want to leave the seeds in :)

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  43. Ooh great flavours Leaf! Love the use of jalapenos, nice one!

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  44. Thanks ChopinandMysaucepan! I love my heat and spice too. :D

    Thanks Anna! :)

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  45. Can you substitute the rice flour with wheat or something?

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    1. Hi, I know of someone who has used wheat flour and it worked for them, so give it a go. :)

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