Pea and Parmesan Fritters

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For those nights when you want something quick and easy but also delicious, Annie Bell’s pea-packed fritters (similar to omelettes) should hit the spot.

Makes: serves 4

Ingredients

For the fritters:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for frying
  • sea salt, black pepper
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon caster sugar
  • 200g fresh shelled peas
  • 4 medium free-range eggs
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 75g Parmesan, freshly grated
  • 4 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley, plus extra (optional), to serve

For the rocket salad (optional):

  • large handful of rocket leaves
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • handful of Parmesan shavings
  • salt

Method

1. Put the two tablespoons of olive oil in a medium saucepan with three tablespoons of water, half a teaspoon of salt and the sugar. Bring this to a simmer over a high heat, add the peas and cook, tossing occasionally, for about three minutes until just tender, then drain.

2. Whisk the eggs in a large bowl with the lemon juice and some seasoning, then fold in the Parmesan, peas and parsley. You can do this a short time in advance.

3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a high heat, add about a teaspoon of oil, then drop tablespoons of the mixture into the pan, spreading them out into omelettes 10cm in diameter. Cook for about one minute each side until really golden. You will need to do this in batches, draining them on a double thickness of kitchen paper as you go, and adding more oil to the pan as necessary.

4. If serving with a salad, toss the rocket leaves with enough olive oil to coat them in a bowl, then season with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of salt. Divide the fritters between four plates, pile the salad on top, scatter over a few Parmesan shavings and drizzle over a little more oil. Alternatively, just scatter the fritters with a little more parsley to serve.

Note: it’s important to not overcrowd the pan with too many fritters. Let the fritters cook well on the first side so that they’re easy to flip … People often try to turn them too soon!

What’s your favourite kind of fritter? Do you prefer sweet or savoury fritters?

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