These savory fritters can be made in advance and reheated in a 350-degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes or in a microwave for 1 minute. From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).
- 2 cups coarse or yellow cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 1/4 cups coconut milk
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 whole scallions, finely chopped
- 1/2 Scotch bonnet pepper (any color), seeded and minced, or 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
In a medium-size bowl, mix together the cornmeal and baking powder. Add the coconut milk and stir until the batter is smooth. Add the onion, scallions, and Scotch bonnet pepper, and stir the mixture until well combined. The batter should be moist yet firm enough to form into 2-inch patties with your hands. Add more cornmeal or liquid (coconut milk or water) if needed. (Rinse your hands with cold water before forming the patties so the batter doesn't stick to your hands.)
In a large skillet, heat the oil until it is very hot. Carefully place the patties into the skillet while lightly shaking the pan to keep them from sticking. Fry in batches until golden on both sides, about 3 minutes per side, using more oil if needed. Remove the fritters and drain them on paper. Serve while still hot.