Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Recipe: Ilana's Green Fritters

Recently I had a hankering for something my Mom used to make when I was about 12 or so -- fritters made with greens and cornmeal. We don't outright fry things very much, but it's good clean food, and tasty:

  • 1 bunch fresh chard
  • (or kale, collard greens, mustard greens, any moderately tough green. Spinach is too watery.)
  • 1/2 cup or more of corn meal
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Clean and stem the greens, then steam for about 5 minutes until they wilt. Remove to a colander and squeeze the excess water out. Chop the greens.

In a mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, salt and egg, then add the greens and mix thoroughly -- with your hands is most effective and messy. The mix will tend to fall apart; this is normal, the egg will bind the fritters when they fry. Add more cornmeal if you're paranoid, but you don't need much.

Heat the oil -- about 1/8" deep -- in a frying pan. Put a scoop of the greens on a large spoon, squeeze flat to get rid of some more water, and slide into the oil. Put down a few patties, fry for a couple minutes until it starts to brown, flip and fry the other side. Resist the temptation to move the patties. Remove and drain on paper towels.

Serve hot or cold, with some Tabasco sauce and a beer. Or, as above, with a little aioli, alongside raw yellowtail on a bed of avocado, radish and cucumber.

Enjoy! (Thanks, Mom!)

Originally posted by Val, Jan. 15, 2008