Spicy Carrot Fritters with Grape Tomato Salsa

These fritters are more like potato latkes with carrots but I like the idea of a fritter with carrots so fritters it is!
You can control the amount of spiciness you like in these carrot fritters by adding more red pepper flakes to the batter or more jalapeno pepper to the tomato salsa.  I took the medium spicy road with a half a minced jalapeno and just a pinch of red pepper flakes.  Did I ever mention that carrots are my favorite vegetable?  Probably not but they are most definitely my favorites.  I have a row of carrots in my vegetable garden but I couldn’t wait for them to get big enough make these carrot fritters.  I put a net over my garden to save my veggies from the birds and it actually worked pretty well.  Other than a few nibbles from bugs my garden was fairly successful this Winter and Spring with plenty of lettuce, arugula, herbs, radishes, beets, Swiss chard and bok choy, which was too cute to eat so now it’s going to seed.  As soon is the rainy season is over I’m going to dig around in the garden and get ready for the Summer crops.  I’m going to expand my garden this year so I can add more tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and a few more herbs.  This weather is so crazy, I hope we have enough heat this Summer for the tomatoes, last year was a little cool.  That’s one of the reasons I love to grow grape tomatoes, they grow like weeds, produce tons of tomatoes and are wonderful in salads all Summer long.  Note to self, make bowls of fresh grape tomato salsa this Summer and eat on everything!



Ingredients and Directions for Spicy Carrot Fritters and Grape Tomato Salsa
Adapted from Cooking From the Garden by Rosemary Campiformio


Makes 10 fritters

For the Salsa

1 basket of grape tomatoes (1 dry pint), cut in half
1/3 cup diced red onion, about 1/2 small onion
1/2-1 jalapeno, minced
3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the Carrot Fritters

2 cups shredded carrots, about 3-4 carrots
1 large Russet potato, grated
1/4 cup scallion tops, minced, about 1 small bunch
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup flour
1 pinch red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup canola oil, for frying

In a medium bowl combine all the ingredients for the salsa and set aside.  In a large bowl combine all the ingredients for the carrot fritters.  Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a high heat but don’t let the oil smoke.
Scoop out the batter with a slotted spoon, allowing some of the liquid to drain out. (there will be liquid left in the bowl when you’re finished)  Cook the fritters in 2 batches, frying 5 fritters at a time.  Place on a paper towel to drain and hold in a low oven if waiting to eat.
Top with the salsa and serve.

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  1. Patti – everything looks just so pretty :-)
    I love the pedestal stand. So pretty.

  2. These look so crispy and delicious! The salsa sounds like a great pairing!

  3. Ohhh..Paty muy rica salsa y la zanahoria preparada de esta manera es exquisita,lindas fotos,abrazos y buena pascua.

  4. Look at the color! I'm going to grow grape tomatoes this year too as I've heard it grows fast. I love carrots too! I like to snack on them in the afternoon. This is a great way to enjoy carrots even more.

  5. Cooked carrots may be my least favorite (besides okra). Clearly, I've been cooking them wrong. These fritters look delicious.

    Happy Easter!

  6. this is so perfect for spring! lovely colours!

    i love carrots :) aside from their cancer-preventing properties, they also taste good!

  7. So fun to visit your site where I find delicious looking foods so beautifully presented. Home you have a wonderful weekend…Happy Easter!

  8. Congrats on your beautiful garden – I am hopeless at growing things, so admire your endeavours. This is such a gorgeous, colourful dish. Happy Easter!

  9. I've made zucchini and corn fritters, but never even thought of carrots! These look wonderful, Patty…and even better with your salsa! Happy Easter!!!

  10. These look great! I love carrots, too, but end up usually roasting them ar steaming them. I'm trying these!

  11. Beautiful colors and very delicious meal! Great job honey!!!!

  12. These look fantastic! Carrot fritters are really special and the salsa is just marvelous.

  13. so colorful…

  14. these are absolutely gorgeous and my mouth is watering!!

  15. First of all I love your plates – they're so pretty. I've never heard of this book but will check it out. Love the recipe and all the ingredients that go in it. Thank you for sharing it.

    One last thing – what program are you using to write the verbiage on the photo?

  16. These are a great change of pace from the zucchini fritters I make – love the vibrant colors and spicy kick :) Happy Easter, Patty!

  17. Great idea to use carrots in a fritter. I'd love to try these when fresh carrots hit the farmers' market! The tomato salsa is such a beautiful garnish.

  18. How colorfully festive and delicious looking.

    Here's wishing you a very wonderful Easter celebration with your loved ones.

    Ciao for now,
    Claudia

  19. You are such a prolific gardener! Love all your vegetable dishes as they look so fresh and vibrant. I really like the idea of carrot fritters. Sounds delicious paired with the grape tomato salsa. Happy Easter Patty!

  20. yum, I love this dish the added spices and carrots to potato latkes sounds wonderful.

  21. I love a nice crispy fritter and these look perfect, Patty! The fact that they're made with carrots has me intrigued and I can't wait to make them. They look perfect with that fresh, flavorful salsa!

  22. Wow…these are gorgeous. Love the idea of carrot fritters and topping them with salsa sounds perfect. What a great appetizer idea!

  23. There is nothing I could grow during wintertime so all I do is trying to keep my herbs alive and wait until I can finally start seeding again which is right about now haha

    I like how you balance out the rather heavy fritters with fresh and light salsa. Couldn't tell what vegetable I like best but carrots a on the top 5 for sure. :)

    Cheers,
    Tobias

  24. Patty, the carrot fritters look great, so flavorful with a touch of red pepper. Beautiful color!
    Thanks for this tasty recipe and hope you have a great week ahead :)

  25. This looks so good. I've just discovered your blog, it is a very cool blog I like a lot.

  26. I love carrots too, I think I may need mine a little spicier though. Hope you and the family had a wonderful Easter. Happy Monday.
    -Gina-

  27. Carrot fritters are a favourite in our house. I love the idea of a grape tomato salsa, it looks so delicious.

  28. Carrot fritters!! WOW, I love these tiny bites. How cool would these be at a kid;s bday party, oh my girls would love them!! bookmarked! patty you rock!

  29. These sound delicious! I love the carrot variation and the colors are beautiful. Your photos are perfect as always!

  30. Patty, I'm jealous! I bet your garden is gorgeous. I can't grow anything anymore unless I invest in a green house so the deer won't feast at my expense. I love these fritters–even more that they're spicy! :)

  31. Patty, these carrot fritter do look like Latkas!
    Love the yummy fresh tomato salsa pairing with it!

  32. These look absolutely fantastic…and that salsa is just gorgeous!

  33. So creative! And how I wish I had a garden like yours!!!

  34. How lovely everything looks….

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