Oh, the holidays. That time of year when everyone does a crazy amount of entertaining. One of the hardest things about having people over is figuring out what to serve. It has to be foolproof, easy and crowd-pleasing. We have a really yummy solution for you: Ham & Chive Fritters. These little nuggets are filled with delicious chunks of ham. Crispy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside, these fritters won’t weight your guests down. And not only is this recipe great for the holidays, but you can most likely find the ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator. They’re easy to make and you can actually make the mix ahead of time, cover it and place it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to fry them up! We’re a big fan of pre-party prep work because it means ample time hanging with your guests when they arrive. No one wants to be stuck in the kitchen cooking and sweating while cocktails are being served in the next room. (Right?!) Anyway, we hope you’ll think about these little bites the next time you’re entertaining or asked to bring an awesome dish to a get together!
We hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season!
xo, Spoon Fork Bacon
Ham and Chive Fritters
Makes about 30
3/4 lb. ham, diced
3 tablespoons chives thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
vegetable oil for frying
1. Preheat oil to 350°F.
2. Place ham, chives and garlic into a large mixing bowl and toss together. Set Aside.
3. Pour water into medium pot and add butter and salt and bring to a boil.
4. Once mixture has come to a boil, add flour and quickly stir with a wooden spoon, until dough forms. Continue to stir over medium heat, for about 3 minutes.
5. Place dough into a stand mixer fixed with a paddle attachment and run on medium speed, allowing steam to escape.
6. Once most of the steam has disappeared add the egg, one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl after each addition.
7. Fold pepper into the pate a choux (the doughy/battery mixture).
8. Fold the ham mixture into the pate a choux until fully incorporated.
9. Once oil is hot add tablespoon sized balls of the ham mixture into the oil (you’ll have to do this in batches); make sure not to crowd the pan/fryer.
10. Fry each fritter for 4 to 6 minutes, flipping halfway if necessary. Drain on a paper towel and season lightly with salt. Serve immediately.