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Cooking With Heinen’s | Vegetable Fritters

Cooking With Heinen’s | Vegetable Fritters

When you pass through the produce department are you the type who sees a stack of vegetables and enjoys the thought of chopping and dicing or do you see that as a huge chore? If you are on the latter team then Heinen’s ready-chopped and riced vegetables are just for you. Either way you cut it, this recipe for delicious vegetable fritters is loaded with riced cauliflower, diced peppers and chopped red onion as well as corn for a touch of sweetness and warm savory spices for layers of flavor. Most all of these veggies can be picked up cut and ready to toss into the mix.  How easy is that?

You can add a mixed green salad for a light vegetarian dinner or serve these vegetable fritters as an appetizer for your next gathering. Any way you serve them they’ll be a big hit.

I make this recipe to clean up the fridges’ remnants. You can use just about any vegetable and it always tastes fantastic. If you use vegetables high in water content like zucchini, be sure to squeeze out all the moisture after they are shredded.

I’m serving these fritters with a cool creamy Raita. Raita is to Indian food what tzatziki is to Greek food.  It is a yogurt based condiment.  You will find many variations of this sauce.  Most Raita recipes are more likely to include a spicy element like cumin, cayenne pepper, and ginger. Today I’m using cumin and toasted brown mustard seeds.  They look like caviar spooned onto the sauce but lend a warm burst of flavor to the cool savory yogurt.

These fritters are a family favorite. The vegetables are slightly sweet and the spices add a slight heat without overpowering. Then, the crispy fried edges with the cool savory yogurt create layers of flavors and textures, hot cool smooth and crispy, that keep you reaching for more. They’re great hot but equally delicious cold so they make a perfect next day lunch.  IF you can manage to have any left overs.

Vegetable Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweet yellow corn
  • 1 cup riced cauliflower
  • 1/4 cup fine diced red onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1/2 cup diced peppers (red yellow green)
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tsp fried brown mustard seeds (see instructions) 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil for cooking

Raita

  • 3 teaspoons ground cumin (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons black or brown mustard seed
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 green onions, ends trimmed and minced, plus more for garnish 1/3 bunch cilantro, stems and all, minced, plus more for garnish 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • First, prep the spices.
    Heat olive oil in a skillet, then add mustard seeds and cook just until the first few pop, 1 – 2 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and set pan aside to cool. When cool, strain mustard seeds from the oil. Reserve 2 teaspoons seeds for the fritters and the rest and the oil for drizzling over raita just before serving.
  • In a medium bowl, stir to combine yogurt, lemon juice, 1 Tbs olive oil, green onions and cilantro, 1 teaspoon each ground cumin and fried mustard seeds, and sea salt.
  • Cover and set in fridge while you make the fritters.
  • In a large bowl of a food processor, add the flour, brown sugar, sugar, baking powder, cayenne, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of the corn.
    Pulse until blended together, then transfer mixture to a mixing bowl. Stir in remaining corn, onion, parsley, mustard seeds and milk, mixing until a batter forms. It should be the consistency of a thick pancake batter.
  • Add oil to a large skillet saucepan and heat over medium high heat.
    You only need enough oil to coat the pan. This is a shallow fry, not a deep fry.
    To test your oil, sprinkle a few drops of water in the pan. If they sizzle, your pan is ready. You can also test the oil with a wooden spoon. The oil will start bubbling around the spoon.
  • When the oil is hot add a little less than 1/4 cup of batter to the skillet and then quickly smooth the batter out to a circle. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, flip and cook another 2 minutes or until brown and crispy all over. The veggie fritters are ready to flip when they are golden brown.
  • Remove and repeat with the remaining batter until all the batter has been used. Keep the fritters warm.
    Just before serving, spoon raita into a serving bowl and swirl with a spoon. Drizzle with reserved mustard oil, and sprinkle with chili powder and reserved green onion and cilantro. Serve fritters with a big dollop of raita and a few cherry tomatoes.
  • Note: Try using whole cumin seeds and toast and grind your own… Set a small skillet over medium heat. Add cumin seed and, shaking the pan a bit, cook just until seeds are fragrant, 1 – 2 minutes. Stay with it, they will burn quickly.
    Grind toasted seeds with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Give it a try.

About the Author

Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. Her Blog, Table and Dish is a website devoted to celebrating and curating the many ways that food binds us. Sally hopes that her recipes and images will inspire you to gather your friends and family in the kitchen to make memories, use the time to connect with busy kids, chat over mixing bowls, get messy, laugh, sing, set the table, clear the table, pass the salt, debate the days topics and pray. You can follow her here as a weekly contributor to 365Barrington and Heinen’s as well as via Table and Dish on Instagram and on her website at TableAndDish.com.


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Heinen’s Grocery is located at 500 N. Hough Street, between E. Main Street and Route 14 (next to Meatheads) in Barrington, Illinois. They’re open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit Heinens.com.

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