Potato, Ginger & Apple Beignet Recipe

Cashew Catering’s Potato, Ginger & Apple Beignet with Salsa Romesco

John Bayley, founder of vegan and veggie caterers Cashew Catering, shares his tasty potato, ginger and apple beignet; deep-fried nuggets of sweetened dough, the perfect indulgent dish to serve at home.

“This recipe suggestion can be used as a starter, part of a buffet or even as a main course. However you decide to serve it, one thing I definitely recommend is to give it a try!” enthuses John.

“The beignet is a traditional French dish that is very popular in the Deep South of America, it is typically a sweet item but this version I have made is savoury – really you could say its a fritter but – come on, beignet sounds way better!” laughs John.

“This dish is a good example of texture and flavour combination – with the crispy indulgent fried beignet, the rich and deep flavour of the Romesco and then the refreshing and crunchy pickle to finish it all off” 

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Cashew Catering’s Potato, Ginger & Apple Beignet

with Salsa Romesco 

What You Will Need (makes 12-16)

  • 2 large potato – washed and grated and patted dry
  • 3 large apples – grated and patted dry
  • 3 tbs fresh ginger – minced
  • 2 clove garlic – minced
  • 1 ½ cup gram flour – sifted
  • 1.5 tbs baking powder – sifted
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp nigella seeds
  • 1 tsp chilli powder – optional

  • Mix together the gram flour, baking powder, salt, nigella and chilli and then make it into a smooth batter by mixing in the water, use your judgment here to make sure the mix is not too thin or to thick.Start with about ¾ of a cup and only add the remaining water if you think the batter needs it, the batter should be quite thick a bit like porridge.
  • Mix in the potato, apple, ginger and garlic.
  • Heat a suitable amount of oil in a large saucepan – you can either shallow or deep fry.  
  • Now start to fry the mixture by carefully placing spoonfuls of the mix into the hot oil. Turning after a few minutes to ensure even cooking.
  • Fry about 5 at a time, being very careful not to overload the pan, remove with a dry slotted spoon and place onto kitchen roll to drain off excess oil.
  • Repeat the process until they are made.

For The Salsa Romesco (Serves 4)

  • 2 large red peppers – deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 1 large onion – peeled and roughly chopped
  • ½ cup almonds
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbs water
  • ½ small clove garlic – finely minced

  • Rub the pepper and onion with a little oil and salt and roast in a medium heat oven for about 15 – 20mins, until soft and a little charred. When there is about 5 mins to go on the cooking time add the almonds, so they get about 5 mins in the oven.
  • Remove from the oven, cool and then carefully blitz all the ingredients in food processor so they become a thick sauce with a little texture to it (ie not quite smooth), season to taste.

Pickled Cucumber

  • 1 small cucumber – thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion – thinly sliced
  • 2 tbs oil
  • ¼ cup (white wine) vinegar
  • salt & sugar to taste
  • Heat a medium sized saucepan to a medium heat and begin to fry the onion with the salt for about 5 mins until translucent, stirring and adding water to stop it sticking if needs be.
  • Then add the vinegar, bring to the boil and add the cucumber and simmer for about 4-5 mins, until the cucumber becomes soft but still has some crunch.
  • Add more salt if needed and a little sugar to taste and either serve straight away or cool and store.
  • Now just bring it all together by plating up and serving!

Don’t forget to tag @ToastLifeUK in your plant-based creations  – we would love to see your photos!

For more information on Cashew Catering take a look at our Spotlight interview on TheEdit. You can also find thier listing in our Little Black Book


Posted in Recipe

by Recipe
on on 18 April 2017

  vegan recipe, vegetarian recipe

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