It is December 2nd and today we are celebrating National Fritters Day! I’m not sure who makes up these crazy holidays but when we saw this one we knew this was just the right day for us, because there is nothing more yummy than a Puerto Rican fritura! Frituras are fried snacks that can be found just about anywhere in Puerto Rico – in restaurants, on the roadside, and in the beachside kioskos. From traditional to more contemporary takes on a fritter, there is sure to be one to please everyone.
Here is a Listing of some of the most popular Frituras (and some recipes):
Bacalaitos are salt cod fritters filled with minced cod fish with cilantro, garlic and onions.
Puerto Rican stuffed pastry pockets are called empanadillas or pastelillos and both are very similar. The outside doughs are made of flour, salt, water, egg and shortening. The most common are crab, shrimp, cheese, beef, chicken and pizza
Sorullos de maíz
Sorullos are long rolls made with corn flour, salt, sugar and butter. Basically a corn fritter – it can be plain or stuffed with cheese.
The form is similar to a giant croqueta and is made with green plantain and malanga or yucca and filled with beef.
Relleno de papa
The traditional relleno de papa or stuffed potato is basically a ball of mashed potato filled with seasoned ground beef and then sealed with flour and fried.
Tostones are a doubled fried smash plantain (green) commonly used as a side dish. Just add salt and dip it on mayoketchup for extra taste! Variations are made from pana (breadfruit) or they can be stuffed as well by spashing the plantain into a cup shape
Barrigas de Vieja (Puerto Rican Pumpkin Fritters)
These are fritters made with pumpkin and are very easy to make.
And this is only a partial listing! There are many more as well! Did we forget your favorite fritura? If so, let us know about it in the comments section.