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Veggie Fritters with Avocado Jalapeno Yogurt

Veggie Fritters

Hi everyone! Since I’m now fairly limited in what I can eat, I have been searching for new recipes. I found this one on Pinterest from Jessica Gavin’s blog. I pretty much followed it to a “t,” but I made some substitutions as needed.

Fritter Ingredients:

  • Grated vegetables of choice (I used one of each: zucchini, carrot, purple carrots parsnip, and 3 radishes) You can use any of the following: carrots, zucchini, squash, broccoli, radishes, parsnips, eggplant, etc. You can buy shredded versions at the grocery store to save time!
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 handful of green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup half and half or 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil

Avocado Jalapeno Yogurt Topping:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 ripe avocado, mashed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped and de-seeded
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (fresh or bottled)

Fritter Directions:

Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil. Boil shredded/grated veggies for about 3-5 minutes. Strain veggies and let cool. Once cooled, wrap veggies in paper towels and squeeze out excess water.

In a mixing bowl, combine veggies, whole wheat flour, cumin, salt, garlic salt, chili powder, minced garlic, pepper, green onions, half & half (or whisked egg), and 1 tablespoon of avocado oil.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of avocado oil in skillet over medium heat. Wait for skillet to heat up. Your skillet should be properly heated through, but not to the point that the fritters sizzle when they hit the pan. I recommend putting your heat on just under medium.

While your skillet is heating, form your fritter patties. You can make them as thick or thin as you like, but just adjust your heat accordingly — the thicker the patty, the longer it will need to cook on a lower heat to prevent burning.

Cook the fritters until golden brown on each side, approximately 4-6 minutes on each side. Cook about 4 at a time so as not to crowd the pan. Once done, put fritters aside on a paper towel to soak up any excess oil and drizzle some Parmesan on top while hot.

Avocado Jalapeno Yogurt Topping:

Combine all ingredients and whip together. Dollop a teaspoon or so on top of each fritter when serving.

Serve with fresh sliced avocado, if desired.
Serve with fresh sliced avocado, if desired.

I hope you enjoy this recipe! I know I sure did! Let me know what changes you make!

xoxo,

Candice

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Classic Cocktails: Dirty Martini & Cosmopolitan

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Since the holidays are now in full swing, I wanted to share some basic cocktail recipes with you. I mean, until now, I don’t believe I ever really knew how to properly prepare either of these. Maybe I’m behind in my mixology and cocktail knowledge, but c’est la vie. So, I went into the kitchen trying to figure out the best recipes for two of the most classic cocktails — the Dirty Martini and the Cosmopolitan. I rarely drink hard liquor because I’m ALWAYS drinking wine, so this was a fun exercise for me. I should forewarn you, though, cocktail trial and error can be both fun and intoxicating. I’m glad my boyfriend was there to “supervise” my foray into mixology because by the end of “Dirty Martini Night No.1” experiment, I was spilling olive brine everywhere and chasing rolling olives to prevent the dogs from grabbing them. 😉

Here’s what I learned:

  • Start with quality ingredients
  • Savory cocktails need “rest” time just like sauces and meats
  • Shaken vs. Stirred does matter in the overall mouth feel of the drink, depending on the ingredients (i.e. sweet v. savory) Stir the savory, shake the sweet.
  • Serve it “up” (without ice) in a martini or stemmed glass to keep your hands away from heating it as you sip it
  • We should all get dressed up like it’s the 1950’s, sip martinis, and chat with friends

I shall leave you with two of my favorite martini recipes. I promise I tried and tested proportions for a week to the point that I have no more Vodka left. 🙁

Dirty MartiniWith the dirty martini, I added blue cheese stuffed olives for a little extra flair. You can purchase them at the store or simply mix blue cheese, a little cream cheese, salt and pepper in a Ziploc bag. Mix ingredients by kneading them around in the bag, and then smush all the cheese down into one corner of the bag. Cut of the tip of the corner and fill your olives with the mixture as if you were frosting a cake.

Cosmo

I used Triple Sec here. You can also use Cointreau. Grand Marnier is another option, but I’d avoid it in a Cosmo because it’s heavier than the other two, and this cocktail is meant to be light and airy. Also, the absolute key to this cocktail is the freshly squeezed lime juice. You can use the bottled kind, but it doesn’t taste nearly as nice. All in all, having this Cosmopolitan made me feel like Carrie Bradshaw for just one minute. It’s like a pillow of sweet fresh joy. It barely tastes like there’s alcohol in it, so be careful!!

If you like these recipes, please leave a comment below so I can do more if you’re interested. Hope you all have a very happy and safe holiday season! Don’t drink and drive. Get an Uber, a Taxi, or a sober friend!

xx,

Candice

 

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