Getting Ready for the Spring! Caribbean Fritter Recipe

Oh man. This winter is doing a number on me! When will it end? It is almost April, and the temperature read 28 degrees when I woke up this morning. Every one is sick of the cold, and everyone is sick of hearing about how everyone is sick of the cold. Its a vicious circle.

The weather has kicked me in the head with a severe case of writer’s/cooker’s block. Which is a really bad thing when you have a paper due for class, an article due for a friend’s magazine, and you are writing a “think piece” on the reality of what the movie Food, Inc. means to your diet! But then I received a press release for a fabulous contest that got my cooking mojo back in gear….and which is forcing me to try my hand at this writing thing again!

Thinking warm thoughts...

Hyatt Summerfield Suites is challenging people to the Caribbean Cuisine Challenge, a recipe contest designed for grill masters and at-home chefs alike. Participants are asked to submit their original recipe to www.HSSSummerGrilling.com for a chance to win an iPad®, a one night stay at any Hyatt Summerfield Suites hotel, and the opportunity to have their dish featured at the 2011 Hyatt Summerfield Suites Summer Grilling Socials, which will transport guests’ taste buds to the Caribbean. This year’s Hyatt Summerfield Suites Summer Grilling Social events will take place every other Wednesday evening, June through August, and will give guests and associates a chance to mingle and enjoy a taste of summer.

Well, this is a welcome break in the weather! Like I said, my thermometer read 28 degrees this morning, so grilling is out of the question. In-door cooking it is….but what to make…..Mango, banana, black beans and coconut immediately jump into my head as ingredients that scream caribbean to me…AND mint! AND lime! AND (of course) rum! Think pina collada with protein, in a handy appetizer shape. And with that, I created Caribbean Fritters with Mint-Lime Sauce.

The fritter batter is amazing. In addition to the caribbean fritters, I battered and fried some bananas in it, and topped them with maple syrup and powdered suger. I could die.

Thank you to the Hyatt Summerfield Suites for my repreve from the never ending winter. I look forward to seeing the other recipes in hopes that they can help me capture some more sunshine in my meals!

Lime-Mint Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 20 large mint leaves – chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (I used lowfat)
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 1.5 tsp sugar

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 1hour (best if over night)

Caribbean Fritters

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • 1/3 cup coconut
  • 10 oz black beans (rinsed)
  • 1 mango (diced)
  • 1 large banana (diced)
  • 1 lime
  • 1/4 cup coconut
  • Canola oil

Directions

  • Sift dry ingredients together (except for coconut) in a large mixing bowl
  • Add egg and milk and mix well
  • Add rum and mix well
  • Add coconut and stir
  • This is your fritter batter. Set aside.
  • In a seperate bowl mix together beans, mango and banana
  • Squeeze lime juice over mixture, stir, and allow to sit for 30 minutes
  • Stir in coconut
  • Mix fritter batter together with the filling mixture
  • Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat
  • When pan is hot, add 1 inch of oil
  • When oil is hot, drop a teaspoon size amount of fritter mix into the oil.
  • Fry as many at a time as you like, as long as the edges of each do not touch
  • Allow to cook for about 3 minutes, or until the bottom is golden brown
  • Flip fritter and cook this side for about 3 minutes, or until it is golden brown
  • When fritters are ready, remove them from the pan and place them on a papertowel
  • Plate with the mint-lime sauce
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7 thoughts on “Getting Ready for the Spring! Caribbean Fritter Recipe

  1. Sounds absolutely delicious Ren. What a great
    combination. Will have to try it on my guests my
    next party. I am sure they will love it.

  2. Ha – “Every one is sick of the cold, and everyone is sick of hearing about how everyone is sick of the cold.” SO true. I am tricking myself with food too. These fritters look great and would go great with a dark & stormy!

  3. You are totally right – we are all in a New England weather rut! I took down my cute snowman wreath last night that says “Let it Snow!” because I’m ready for sunshine and warm weather!

  4. YUM, I bet these are awesome! Ohhhh, Food, Inc. Loved it! And it scares me! I’m down for the warm temps, too– when are they gonna come to stay?? But you have it worse, I can’t complain 🙂

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