Shrimp Fritters

Posted by francis keyser Monday, January 3, 2011
Taste Level: VGR
Cost: $20 and under
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 50-55 min.
Cook Time: 10-15 min.
Difficulty: 1

Zo and I decided for date night we were going to make a seafood dinner, we boiled some crab, steamed some lobster and while zo was working on desert I tossed together these Shrimp Fritters.  If you commonly frequent Cooking for Zo then you know that I love Conk Fitters and have posted an Abalone Fritter Recipe on the site.  Shrimp Fritters and Calamari fritters tie for my second most favorite Fritters!  If you do not frequent the site then let me tell you what a Fritter is.  It is basically a fancy seafood hush puppy.  If you do not know what a hush puppy is then you have never been to any kind of Southern Seafood Reasurtant worth its salt!  This shrimp fritters were so good I made them a week later for an office party, everyone there enjoyed them as much as Zo and I did!  So enjoy!

Ingredients:
Shrimp Fritters
.7 lbs gulf shrimp (chopped, tossed in 1/2 tsp essence and 2 tsp lemon juice)
2 shallots (chopped)
3 garlic cloves (diced)
2 tbsp 2 tsp red bell pepper (chopped)
2 tbsp 2 tsp yellow bell pepper (chopped)
2 tbsp 2 tsp green bell pepper (chopped)
1 jalapeno (seeded, diced)
2 tbsp 1 tsp celery hearts (diced)
2 tbsp Italian parsley (chopped)
2 eggs
2 tbsp 2 tsp half and half
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp onion powder
kosher salt (to taste)
fresh crack pepper (to taste)
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup corn meal
1 tsp corn starch
50% corn 50% canola oil 1 inch deep in sauce pan

Dipping Sauce
2 tbsp ketchup
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp mayo
2 tsp Tabasco habanero hot sauce
Fresh crack pepper (to taste)

Dipping Sauce
Mix together all ingredients, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Fritters
In a large mixing bowl mix Shrimp together with vegetables, parsley, shallots and garlic until even. By hand fold in eggs and half and half until mixed well. By hand fold in flour, seasonings cornmeal and cornstarch until evenly mixed. Cover and refrigerate batter for 45 minutes to an hour.

Heat oil over medium high heat. Once heated drop 1-2 tbsp balls of batter into oil and cook till golden (1-3 minutes.) As fritters finish cooking scoop out with a slotted scoop and place on a paper towel covered plate to drip away excess oil. Serve hot with dipping sauce and enjoy!

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