Pea and mint fritters with lemon crème fraîche

AT A GLANCE

  • Serves 30 people

  • 320 gm podded peas
  • 5 eggs, separated
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp mint leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon rind, finely grated
  • 70 gm (1 cup) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • For shallow frying: olive oil
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  • Lemon crème fraîche
  • 200 ml crème fraîche
  • 2 tbsp plain yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp mint, finely chopped
01   For lemon crème fraîche, process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season to taste with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
02   Cook peas in a large saucepan of boiling salted water for 4-5 minutes until tender, then drain and mash coarsely using a fork. Whisk egg yolks until frothy, then stir in peas, green onions, mint, lemon rind, breadcrumbs and baking powder and season to taste. Whisk eggwhites until soft peaks form, then fold into pea mixture, in batches, until just combined. Heat 1cm oil in a large frying pan and cook heaped tablespoons of the fritter mixture, in batches, for 2 minutes each side or until golden, remove and drain on absorbent paper. Serve immediately with lemon crème fraîche.

Topics:

SUMMER, FAST, MINT, CREME FRAICHE, ENTREE, MODERN AUSTRALIAN, ONIONS, PEAS, EGGS, LEMONS, GARLIC, YOGHURT, DRINK SUGGESTION

Recipe:

EMMA KNOWLES

Photography:

WILLIAM MEPPEM

Styling:

EMMA KNOWLES

Drinking Suggestion:

2006 GIBBSTON VALLEY PINOT GRIS.

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