Bollitos De Carita or Deep Fried Black Eyed Pea Fritters

Thursday, October 21, 2010 @ 09:10 AM

I was watching an episode of Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives on The Food Network last night. They were featuring a restaurant in Little Havana, Miami, Florida called La Camaronera. I found it quite interesting that they deep fried everything there. Shrimp, lobster bites, plantains, whole fish, they even had a whole fish sandwich. I was unaware that Cuban cuisine had a deep fried element. With further research, Cuba on a whole does not deep fry foods so much. Deep frying seems to be more prevalent in Havana. This may be due to an Oriental presence in the culinary history of the area. The dish itself is said to be of Afro-

Getting back to La Camaronera, they had a form of hush puppy that I found quite interesting. These “hush puppies” are made with ground up black eyed peas, with the black eye removed. They were called Bollitos de carita. Technically a deep fried black eyed pea fritter. The restaurant had a special grinder or bean slicer that helped to chop & separate the dried beans. When added to water, the black eyes float & therefore separate quite easily. Then remaining ingredients, garlic, black pepper and olive oil, was added with the beans and pushed through another grinder. The mix was then placed in a container which they just used a small ice cream scooper & flipped the balls right into the hot oil to deep fry until crispy and brown.

Well we don’t all have special equipment to process dried beans. I came across a recipe for Bollitos de carita where you soak the beans first. But these deep fried fritters sound quite interesting.  I am not a fan of black eyed peas, but I think I will give them a whirl.

Bollitos de Carita

1 gallon of water

1 lb bag of Black eyed peas

8 cloves of garlic

1 Tbsp of black pepper

1 Tbsp of salt

1 Tbsp of olive oil

Scant 1\8 tsp of baking powder or less (La Camaronera did not use any baking powder or rising agent & their fritters come out just fine)

Oil for frying

Soak the bag of Black eyed peas in a gallon of water overnight.

After soaking, drain the beans. Remove the outer shell which has the black part. This has to be done by hand. Separate them into a bowl so you are only left with the white beans.

Place the beans in a blender or food processor. Add garlic, pepper, salt, olive oil, and baking powder. Blend till you have a thick paste.

Heat the frying oil in a stove top deep fryer, counter top deep fryer, or an outdoor propane deep fryer . When temperature at 350-375 degrees F,  take a spoonful of the batter and dipping it in the oil. Fry until golden brown and crispy. Serve hot.

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2 Responses to “Bollitos De Carita or Deep Fried Black Eyed Pea Fritters”

  1. juan says:

    great thank you , really glad to find and read about all my favorite cuban foods ,, especially the bollitos ,, niceee

  2. wigelnyatt says:

    Thanks…we like all kinds of food here.

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