Fried Red Beans and Rice Fritters

Melissa Dommert

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@mdommert

I recently came across a recipe similar to this in a magazine and couldn't resist changing it up to suit my taste. The panko bread crumbs give them a crisp crunch on the outside but when you take a bite...the surprise inside is creamy red beans and rice.
I entered them in the rice cooking contest at the 2011 Texas Rice Festival and they won a 1st place medal in the adult appetizer division! I served them up country style (in memory of my Mama) in a cast iron skillet complete with a piece of Mama's gingham material, my favorite and most used wooden spoon, some vegetables and a country flower.


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Serves:

6-8

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

10 Min

Ingredients

1 c
red beans, cooked until creamy
1 c
cooked rice
1/4 c
finely chopped ham
2
green onions, chopped
4 Tbsp
panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp
black pepper
1 pinch
cajun seasoning
2
eggs
1/4 c
milk
1
egg
1 c
all purpose flour
1 c
panko bread crumbs
1/4 tsp
cajun seasoning
vegetable oil for deep frying
2 pinch
salt
cajun dipping sauce

CAJUN DIPPING SAUCE

1 c
mayonnaise
2 tsp
sweet pickle relish
1 tsp
finely minced onion (optional)
2 tsp
fresh lemon juice
1 dash(es)
louisiana hot sauce

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Mix together red beans, cooked rice, green onions, ham, 4 tablespoons bread crumbs, eggs, black pepper and cajun seasoning to form a tight mixture.
2
Form mixture into small hushpuppy size balls, pressing FIRMLY together to hold their shape. Chill for an hour or so or even overnight.
3
Whisk milk and remaining egg to make an egg wash.
4
Gently roll balls first in flour, then coat with egg wash and roll in remaining 1 cup bread crumbs to which cajun seasoning has been added.
5
Heat vegetable oil to 360-375 degrees and fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt and serve with Cajun Dipping Sauce (prepared tartar sauce or Ranch dressing could also be used).
6
For Cajun Dipping Sauce: Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until serving time.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers