Cheesy Salsa Fritters

The cheesy salsa fritters I am here to tell you about today were a kitchen experiment that turned out extremely happy. These fritters are what I made using some of the goodies we received at the Go Cheese gourmet cheese tasting event I recently attended. They were delish, if I may say so myself, hot and cheesy, and just perfect for the cold, cold weather in Bangalore now.

I call them cheesy salsa fritters because I made the filling exactly the way we would make salsa – with finely chopped tomato, onion, capsicum and coriander.

Do try these out as a tea-time snack! They are so very simple to make, and can be whipped up using just a few ingredients off your kitchen shelves.

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Here is how I made the fritters.

Ingredients (Yields 8-10 fritters):

  1. 5 slices of plain cheese, crumbled (I used Go Cheese)
  2. Salt, to taste
  3. Red chilli powder, to taste
  4. A few strands of fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
  5. 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  6. 1 small tomato, finely chopped
  7. 1/2 of a medium-sized capsicum, finely chopped
  8. 2 tablespoons de-seeded olives in brine (store-bought)
  9. About 10 pieces of chopped, pickled jalapenos (store-bought), or to taste
  10. 5-6 heaped tablespoons cornflour, or as needed to make a thick batter
  11. Bread crumbs, to roll the fritters in
  12. Oil for deep frying the fritters

Method:

  1. Take all the ingredients except the oil, bread crumbs and cornflour in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  2. Using a little water, make a thick batter out of the cornflour. Add salt to taste. Mix well. The batter shouldn’t be too runny; it should be thick enough to coat the fritters evenly. Keep aside.
  3. Lay out the bread crumbs in a plate.
  4. Heat the oil on a high flame till it starts smoking. Then, lower the flame to medium.
  5. Form small balls out of the cheese-vegetable mixture. Dip them, one at a time, in the cornflour batter. Roll the balls, one at a time, in the bread crumbs, ensuring that they are evenly coated.
  6. Deep fry the fritters till they turn dark brown on the outside, turning sides gently, ensuring that they do not break.
  7. Serve hot with tomato ketchup or sauce of your preference.

Notes:

  1. Grated processed cheese can be used in place of the crumbled cheese slices. You could use about 1/2 cup grated cheese for the same quantity of other ingredients.
  2. These fritters need to be fried very carefully and turned with a very gentle hand, otherwise they can break easily and the filling can ooze out into the oil.
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