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Black-Eyed Pea Fritters
( AcarajÚ )

Served warm and crispy, these delicious appetizers are popular all over Brazil.


16 oz. canned black-eyed peas
1 large onion, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
╝ teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
Dendŕ or vegetable oil for frying
Malagueta pepper sauce or other hot sauce (optional)*


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes
Makes: 20


Place peas in a fine mesh strainer and rinse well with cold water.

Place peas, onion, salt, pepper and cayenne in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.

Pour 2 to 3 inches of oil into a deep skillet or stockpot. Heat to 350ºF or until a drop of water flicked into the pan jumps out.

Scoop up about 1 tablespoon of the pea mixture and use your hands to shape it into a small, oval patty. Set aside on a plate. Once you’ve made 4 or 5 patties, use a slotted spoon to carefully place them, one by one, into the oil. Fry for about 5 minutes, turning once to brown evenly on both sides. Carefully remove from oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat until pea mixture is gone. Serve warm with malagueta pepper sauce, if desired.

*Look for malagueta pepper sauce at Latin American markets.

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