Creole Chickpea Fritters with Red and Green Pepper Salsa

27 May

At the restaurant we aways had some sort of fish cake on the menu and they were always best sellers. One of the most memorable ones for me were the Creole Crab Cakes that we served with a roasted red pepper mayo. There was something about the combination of Creole seasoning, fresh thyme and finely diced peppers that everyone loved.

Everyone except for Nik the Chef.  He hated making them. They were a bit (ok a lot) of a nightmare because the peppers would leak their liquid into the crab cakes and make them soggy so Nik had to spend hours finely dicing peppers and then meticulously drying them out on kitchen towel before combining them with the crab meat. He hated me for coming up with those crab cakes, but the customers loved them.

I was reminded of those crab cakes when I saw a recipe for chickpea fritters on A Little Bit Crunchy. Hers were Mexican in flavour but they had diced red pepper in them which is what caught my eye. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, after all I never ate a whole crab cake because I was vegetarian. I only ever tried a little bit to see if it tasted how I wanted it to.

So I made some Creole seasoning which I added to a jar of cooked chickpeas that I had blended to a puree. I added some fresh thyme and started to finely dice a red and green pepper, a spring onion, garlic & chilli. I stirred a few handfuls of the diced veg into the chickpea mix, but not too much, I didn’t want the mixture to be too wet.  I used the rest of the diced peppers etc to make a salsa to accompany the chickpea fritters by adding a chopped tomato, lemon juice & some Creole seasoning. I used chickpea flour to dust the fritters and then mould them into patties to keep it gluten-free but you can use flour and breadcrumbs if you like.

Creole Chickpea Fritters with Red & Green Pepper Salsa

makes 6-8 patties, vegan, gluten-free

For the Creole seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp ground white pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 1/2 tbsp salt

Put all the ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake well to combine.

For the Chickpea Fritters:

  • 1 jar/tin 400 gr cooked chickpeas, drained & rinsed
  • 2 tbsp Creole seasoning (see above)
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 red pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green pepper, finely diced
  • 3 or 4 spring onions, finely chopped
  • 2 spring garlic or 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • the juice of half  a lemon
  • 1 big tomato, finely diced
  • salt
  • chickpea flour/besan/gram flour for dusting
  • olive oil for frying

Put the rinsed, drained chickpeas in a bowl or processor and blend until smoothish. Mix the diced peppers, spring onions, garlic and chilli together in a bowl and add a couple of small handfuls to the chickpeas with a tablespoon of Creole seasoning and the thyme leaves. Stir everything together so well combined. Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary. Tip some chickpea flour onto a plate and shape the mix into patties about 1/2 inch thick. Then dust the patties in the flour and put in the fridge to firm up for 30 minutes. (No longer or the peppers will start to leak their juice and the patties will be too wet).

Meanwhile make the salsa by adding a finely diced tomato to the rest of the diced veg with a tablespoon of Creole seasoning and the juice of half a lemon. Taste for seasoning and add salt if necessary.

To cook the fritters, heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Cook the fritters for 4-5 minutes per side until browned and crispy. Serve with the pepper salsa and a green salad dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.

Things That Made Me Smile Today…

A Shetland pony and her new foal…

A white dolomite rock and delicate magenta flowers…..

19 Responses to “Creole Chickpea Fritters with Red and Green Pepper Salsa”

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide May 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm #

    Props to you for making your own Creole seasoning. Very nice recipe. I love your photos. That pony is too cute.

  2. Caroline May 27, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Oh wow, these sound fantastic. Fritters remind me of crab cakes as well, but they’re such a delicious alternative! Love the photos that made you smile today–made me smile as well.🙂

  3. Maris(In Good Taste) May 27, 2011 at 9:12 pm #

    Thanks for sharing the smiles! Your pictures made me smile too and the fritters made me hungry!

  4. Mama J May 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Beautiful! Love the salsa you made for these!

  5. thefooddoctor May 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    The fritters look really interesting…
    I love all your pictures but especially the one with the rock

  6. happywhennothungry May 27, 2011 at 10:40 pm #

    These chickpea fritters look delicious and so healthy too! Your photos are beautiful. Have a wonderful weekend as well🙂

  7. Susan May 27, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    It’s funny. I’ve been craving chickpeas of late … am finding all sorts of interesting things to do with them! This is a good addition too! And yes, this reminded me of a crab cake recipe … only vegetarian!

  8. koonstantkraver May 28, 2011 at 5:22 am #

    Amazing golden crunchy morsels…mmmm

  9. Alexa Marsden May 28, 2011 at 5:52 am #

    Eeep! Gluten-free AND vegan fritters, how exciting! Most gluten-free recipes I’ve found have eggs in them for the binding… what a pain! Thanks much for another great recipe and a belated congrats on the guest post!

  10. Angela@RecipesFromMyMom May 29, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    Your fritters are fabulous and I’m so happy to see the Creole seasoning mix too. I love looking at the photos of the big rock and the flowers because the view in the background is so gorgeous.

  11. Beth Michelle May 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    This is amazing! I am always looking for new things to make with chickpeas. I am pretty sure that I have everything to make this and will probably be trying it out this week! I will be sure to let you know how they turn out. Beautiful photos too!!

  12. MarmandeintheKitchen May 30, 2011 at 1:47 am #

    These look great – I’m always on the lookout for chickpea recipes. Love the salsa!

  13. kita May 30, 2011 at 3:58 pm #

    Ive never had a fritter but omg I want to try one now. I love chickpeas and it just sounds so delicious and fried to perfection

  14. sarah May 31, 2011 at 5:46 am #

    Oh my goodness- those fritters look so good! I love it with the salsa too! Oh-and that pony picture just stole my heart!

  15. bhavani@ameanderingmango June 1, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    These looks absolutely yum! So flavourful, colourful and fresh – fritters are a favourite at my house. Thanks!

  16. tiffany June 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm #

    I’m a big fan of chickpeas! These fritters are a great way to use them!

  17. Priya Sreeram June 3, 2011 at 1:08 pm #

    hi there, made these patties inspired by your post n blogged it too ! thanks for sharing

  18. Charissa June 7, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    Ooh, must try these sometime! Thanks for sharing!

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