Pea, Ricotta and Couscous Fritters with Creamy Lemon and Tahini Dipping Sauce

06/March/2017
Illanique Van Aswegen

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Delicious, crispy little pea bites that are perfect as an informal nibble at dinner parties or simply as a veggie snack.

Makes: 30 (serves 6)
Difficulty: easy
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Creamy Lemon and Tahini Dipping Sauce

½ C (125 ml) sour cream
¼ C (60 ml / 70 g) tahini paste
2 Tbsp (30 ml) warm water
zest of 1 lemon
2 Tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
salt and pepper

Pea, Ricotta and Couscous Fritters

1 C (250 ml) vegetable stock, warm
½ C (125 ml / 85 g) couscous
600 g (1 bag) Findus Swedish Whole Green Peas, cooked
⅓ C (80 ml / 42 g) cake flour
⅓ C (80 ml / 90 g) ricotta
¼ C (60 ml / 15 g) coriander leaves
¼ C (60 ml / 15 g) mint leaves
1 tsp (5 ml) garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
pinch pepper
½ C (125 ml / 50 g) breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp (15 ml) onion seeds
sunflower oil, for shallow-frying

To Serve

12 lemon wedges
micro herbs, to garnish (optional)

Creamy Lemon And Tahini Dipping Sauce

Whisk all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce together until smooth and season to taste. Refrigerate until needed.

Pea, Ricotta And Couscous Fritters

Pour the warm stock over the couscous, cover with plastic wrap and leave to stand for 5 minutes until all of the liquid has been absorbed. Place half of the couscous into a food processor together with half of the cooked Findus Swedish Whole Green Peas, cake flour, ricotta, coriander, mint, garlic, salt and pepper. Purée until smooth. Stir in the breadcrumbs, onion seeds, remaining couscous and Findus Swedish Whole Green Peas. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

Heat the oil for shallow frying in a large pan over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add tablespoonfuls of the fritter mixture to the pan, frying each fritter for about 1 minute on each side until crisp and golden. Fry the fritters in 4-5 batches to ensure even cooking. Drain on kitchen paper.

To Serve

Serve the dip alongside the warm fritters and the lemon wedges and garnish with micro herbs (optional).

Tip: Use a small ice cream scoop to portion the fritters. The fritters will be the same size which will allow them to cook evenly.

Try this recipe for Tartare Grilled Fish with Mushy Peas and Beer Battered Onion Rings, also made with Findus Whole Swedish Peas

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