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Emeril's-style Conch Fritters with Mango Chutney

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. conch meat
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • Essence of Emeril (recipe follows)
  • 1 Tbsp chopped garlic
  • 3 ea eggs; beaten
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • Salt
  • Cayenne
  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 1 cup mango chutney
  • Solid vegetable shortening for deep-frying

Preparation:

Using a meat mallet, pound out the conch. Using a sharp knife, small dice the conch. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions.

Season with Essence and sauté for about 3 minutes or until slightly wilted. Season the conch with Essence.

Add the conch and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic. Remove and set aside to cool.

Make a batter by combining the eggs, milk, baking powder, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne. Add the flour, 1/4 cup at a time, beating and incorporating until all is used and the batter is smooth.

Stir in the parsley. Add the conch mixture to the batter and fold to mix. Heat the shortening to 360° F.

Drop the batter, a heaping tablespoon at a time, into the hot oil. When the fritters pop to the surface, roll them around with a slotted spoon to brown them evenly.

Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle the fritters with essence.

To serve: Spoon a pool of mango chutney in the center of each plate. Arrange the fritters around the sauce. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.

Makes 6

Emeril's ESSENCE Creole Seasoning Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 Tbsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp dried thyme

Preparation:

Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

Makes 2/3 cup

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