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

Step-By-Step

1Mix together red beans, cooked rice, green onions, ham, 4 tablespoons bread crumbs, eggs, black pepper and cajun seasoning to form a tight mixture.
2Form mixture into small hushpuppy size balls, pressing FIRMLY together to hold their shape. Chill for an hour or so or even overnight.
3Whisk milk and remaining egg to make an egg wash.
4Gently 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.
5Heat 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).
6For Cajun Dipping Sauce: Combine all ingredients and refrigerate until serving time.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Appetizers