Do you ever get a craving that comes completely out of left field, something you haven't had in years? I cannot remember the last time I had homemade seafood fritters, but the other day I suddenly wanted them very badly.
I found this batter at Target and it looked great.
To the batter I added diced pasilla peppers, green onions, and paprika.
I decided Trader Joe's Argentinian Red Shrimp would make a good main ingredient. I haven't written of those in a long time, but just in case you don't remember, they cost nine bucks for a one-pound bag and taste very much like lobster.
I combined the batter with the shrimp and two cups of water, mixed it into a paste, and dropped balls of it into hot oil. A few minutes later I removed them and drained off the excess oil.
I mixed up a sauce of mayo and Honey Cayenne hot mustard sauce and drizzled it over the plate. (I thought it was great; Elizabeth hated it.) But the fritters were the real stars: crunchy, doughy, and tasting of shrimp and lobster.
I even tried it with the Tabasco Sweet & Spicy sauce. That was good, too, but really these fritters didn't need any sauce.