Ottolenghi’s leek fritters – what’s not to like?!
For some reason I skipped bookmarking this recipe until I saw someone else’s creation on a book review of Plenty. See, they don’t look that great, but when you actually read through the recipe – leeks, shallots (in my case, red onions), spices, and enough batter to hold it together, then fried until delectably golden – there’s no way you can avoid making them for much longer.
There are a few things you should know. First, mine were a bit overly moist, but this could either be that I overcooked the leeks or that I used cream and water rather than butter and milk (I rarely buy milk, and using cream is so much easier than melting butter). This wasn’t a problem for either of us, but if it is for you, reduce the amount of water and don’t cook the shenanigans out of the leek. Second, you can try different spices if you want, and I can imagine something mustardy would work particularly well with these. Don’t just omit all the spices though. Third, these do take a bit of time to prep everything and you’ll make a mess. However, they are worth it and great for a lazy Sunday brunch, with a fantastic lingering aroma.
Also, I promise this will be the last fritter recipe for a while…unless smoked salmon potato cakes count. I’m sorry, but I really do LOVE a good fritter/patty/pancake – they’re usually more interesting than meat patties, and even though they’re a bit fiddly, I usually make vegetable based ones so that really, they’re a complete meal. If you could eat patties and nothing else, that’d be pretty sweet, right?
adapted from Ottolenghi’s Plenty ever so slightly for lazier cooks
makes 12 ordinary palm sized fritters – four on their own are good for brunch but they are rather filling.
- about 450g sliced leek (2cm)
- 5 shallots or 3 small red onions (I used the latter), finely chopped
- a buttload of olive or cooking oil
- optional: 1 fresh red chilli, sliced, or dried equivalent (I’m a wimp, so omitted)
- about 25g, or a handful, parsley, finely chopped
- 3/4 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- optional: 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (I omitted)
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 egg white (freeze the yolk with a tiny pinch of salt)
- 120g plain flour
- 4 tsp baking powder
- 1 egg
- 150ml cream
- 50ml water
- To serve: lime or lemon wedges, more parsley to garnish