Sunday, November 13, 2011

Tortas de Calabaza... Spanish Fried Squash Fritters

Two years ago I posted this side dish which is from Puerto Rico and I wanted to repost it, so enjoy these delicious fried squash.

In our culture squash is one of the essential foods served at least once a week. Squash is made in many different ways...fried as I have done here today, in sweet cream soup, baked, broiled, boiled and it is mostly served with fish & salad. It is typically used like a potato to thicken our
beans, but these fried torts (fritters) are so good you cannot eat just one.

Here is my recipe.

1 medium size squash
½ c. brown sugar
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground ginger
1/8 tsp. ground cloves
1/8 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp. salt
2 c. flour
1/3 c. melted non-dairy butter
and some non dairy milk

Clean well the squash from seeds. Do not remove peeling...cut in med. size squares and boil until tender. Remove the skin and place the squash in a bowl.

Add to the bowl the cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, salt, cloves, melted butter & ginger...mix with an electric beater...then add sugar & flour...mix well with a large wooden spoon, add milk slowly until the batter is a little thicker than a pancake batter, then beat it a little bit with the electric beater to blend all of the ingredients together. Prep the frying pan with oil and when it is hot then scoop out with wooden spoon the mixture and pour it into the hot oil. Fry on med. heat and turn slowly until golden brown. Place torts on a dish covered in 2 paper towels to drain the oil out, then serve with your favorite dish, salad or by themselves. They are sooooo Good!

As a side treat for my guests, I fried them in small dumpling size and served them with a Papaya dip and your guests will love it.

"Mi casa a tu casa"


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