This Christmas, we’re bringing Prince Edward County to the city with festive fare inspired by the region. Today is all about appetizers—those little tasty morsels that keep guests busy and not-too-hungry while the main course is in the oven. We recommend pairing these appetizers, inspired by the Drake Devonshire Inn in Prince Edward County, with our favourite homemade holiday cocktails [link to previous blog post].
Specialista Sweet Potato Fritters (Gluten-Free)
3 cups (750 mL) vegetable oil
7 oz (200 g) chickpea flour
1 tsp (5 mL) baking powder
2 tbsp (30 mL) rice flour
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) chili powder
pinch of salt
2/5 cup (100 mL) water
1 large onion, thinly sliced
1 medium sweet potato, shredded
1/2 cup (125 mL) kale, chopped
Heat vegetable oil in a large pot over medium- high heat. To test, drop in a cube of bread or a bit of batter: it should bubble instantly.
To make batter, in a large bowl stir together the chickpea flour, baking powder, rice flour, chili powder, salt and water. Mix well. Stir in the sliced onion, sweet potato and kale; mix until well coated. Carefully drop a few spoonfuls of batter into the hot oil. Do not crowd pot or fritters will stick together. Fry in small batches for 1 to 2 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Remove fritters with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Cover and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining batter.
Sprinkle fritters with a little salt and serve with crème fraîche blended with a spoonful of spicy Hot Honey from County Yum Club.
Quick & Easy App: Sprouts and Sausage
For an almost-instant app, roast your favourite sausages (check out our wide selection at Michael-Angelo’s) with small brussels sprouts until cooked and golden. To assemble, stack a sausage slice on a toothpick with a cooked brussels sprout. Garnish with diced sweet peppers and chopped basil “confetti” and drizzle with County Yum Club smoked maple syrup.