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Mock Bahamian Conch Fritters
Its Better in the Bahamas
The Bahamas is renowned for its good weather, great beaches, friendly people and awesome cuisine. But it is more than one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Or one of the best places to live and bring up children. It is one of those places that you can actually believe that God, the creator makes his home in, everything is so amazing.
Colors are brighter, food is tastier, sounds are more musical, life is more vibrant. Everything is an explosive, spicy taste of all the ethnic groups that have made any significant contribution to the Bahamian lifestyle. And there have been many from the indigenous Arawak Indians, the British, Scottish, and Africans to name a few. For me the closest place i have personally experienced similar to the Bahamas is New Orleans, Louisiana in the United States.
The similarities are so striking that i have to remind myself that historically they are a lot a like because of colonialism and slavery, so it is not surprising but intriguing!
The Bahamas has so much to offer - more than just fun, food, or a quick place to have a good time.
Right off the coast of Miami, it is a perfect gate away, less than two hours on a flight leaving out of Atlanta daily you could be in Nassau, experiencing a totally different flavor of living.
There are tours for the history buff, the food addict, the sailing fan, the fishing guru, the jewelry collector, the golfing nut and the alcohol connoisseur, to mention a few of it's multitudinous array of optional activities. Anything you can think of, you can do in the Bahamas.
Nassau the capitol city of the Bahamas, located on New Providence island is approximately 80 square miles. The city gives you the opportunity to explore all of the things that interest you or if you wish just to laze about that is quite okay as well.
So, do yourself a favor go to the Bahamas if you can't go anywhere else in the world, get a passport, save a few hundred dollars and check on cheap flights!
Mock Conch (Calamari) Fritters
This is the original recipe for the real deal and if you can get the conch go ahead and make this - it is a great hors d'oeuvres and a wonderfully easy addition of something exotic to a party.
Conch Fritters Ingredients:
1 lb. conch, 2 oz. onion, 2 oz. celery, 2 oz. green pepper, 1 egg (beaten), ½ oz. baking powder, 12oz. flour, salt, Tabasco Sauce, water.
Method : Cut the conch, and vegetables into ¼ inch dice.
Mix the eggs, flour and baking powder and seasonings with sufficient water to form a fairly firm batter.
Combine all ingredients and allow to rest for 15 min. prior to deep frying.
Note: Clams may be used instead of conch. Serves 8.
My Mock version of conch fritters are done with calamari, I find that this is the closest seafood substitute that has the texture that represent that of conch that can be easily found.
This is the recipe to use and the ingredients necessary:
1 1/2 cup of calamari diced
1/2 stalk celery
1/2 large tomato
1 small onion
1/4 cup green pepper
1/4 tsp thyme
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 cup all purpose flour
2 tblsps baking powder
1/2 to 1 cup of milk
2 eggs - beaten
Small to medium size pot filled halfway with vegetable oil.
1. Chopping herbs - dice green pepper, onion, celery, tomato.
2. Dice the raw clamari (squid) to about a 1/4 inch.
3. Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, thyme.
4. Mix in 1/2 a cup of milk and all the ingredients plus the eggs.
5. Mix into stiff batter, thick enough to spoon out to fry in hot oil.
6. Let rest 15 minutes
While the batter is resting heat the oil at medium temperature.
Test the heat of oil by spooning( a tablespoon) in one fritter, fry until golden brown - about a minute on either side, you may have to flip it after it floats to the top of the oil.If the dough is cooked through, perfect if not adjust the heat.
Drop the batter in the hot oil a spoonful at a time if your pot is large enough you can do 2 or 3 at a time - make sure you don't crowd the pot.