Vegetable fritters with carrots (beignets)

A great idea for a starter for people with large appetites and a nice change from the same old deli meats. An ideal way of cooking with seasonal vegetables!

Ingredients (serves 4):

  • 100 g carrots, peas, sweet corn and celery.
  • 2 tbsp of butter and flour
  • 200 ml of milk
  • nutmeg, parsley, salt, pepper, fine breadcrumbs to coat
  • 180 g of coarse breadcrumbs

Instructions:

  • Peel and finely chop the onions and brown them in the butter.
  • Sprinkle with flour and add the milk, stirring all the time, until you have a thick béchamel sauce.
  • Cut the vegetables for the fritters into small pieces and blanch quickly in boiling salted water, then drain and add to the sauce.
  • Season with salt and pepper and add the chopped parsley and grated nutmeg.
  • Leave the mixture to cool.
  • Mix the breadcrumbs with the beaten egg.
  • To make the fritters, take a large spoonful of the béchamel and vegetables, dip it into the beaten egg and fry.
  • Serve hot.

Always make sure your cooking oil is really hot and fry the fritters a few at a time so that the oil seals them straightaway rather than soaking into them.

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