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Hispanic Heritage Month Recipes

Happy Hispanic Heritage Month! Each year, from September 15 to October 15 Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by sharing the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. Last year - 2021 was especially significant because it was the 200th anniversary of Costa Rican Independence from Spain. Here are a few traditional & unique Latin American recipes you may want to add to your menu: 

Shrimp Beignets



The first time I had these Shrimp Beignets was in a hole in the wall restaurant in New Orleans that sold dishes with every local kind of fish, reptile, amphibian, and crustacean. These flavorful shrimp fritters reminded me of Salt Cod Fritters - Bacalaítos, which is no surprise, owing to the city's rich, culturally diverse culinary traditions. While the Caribbean influence in these savory morsels is evident, they definitely hold their own. Louisiana hot sauce and yellow cornmeal give these fritters a spicy uniquely southern twist. Here is my version of this recipe:

Shrimp Beignets Cooking for Kishore

Ingredients

Shrimp Beignets
  • 1 cup Unbleached All purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Yellow Cornmeal
  • 8oz Cooked shrimp, chopped
  • 6.5 oz jar Goya Fancy pimientos, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp Hot Sauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper, ground
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • Vegetable Oil

Instructions

  1. Heat the Olive Oil in a medium size pan to medium hot.
  2. Mix all the ingredients till well incorporated.
  3. Drop batter by the spoonful into the oil and fry till golden brown on one side then turn. 3-4 minutes
  4. Drain on paper towels and serve hot. Enjoy!
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 10 mins.
Cook time: 20 mins.
Total time: 30 mins.
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