Frituras de Caracol (Columbian Conch Fritters)
This Caribbean pepper is famous for being the hottest chile pepper in the world. They come in a variety of shapes and colors(yellow, orange,green, red,chocolate). Not only are they extremely hot, but they also have a unique,distinctively fruity flavor.
It is the key ingredient in the popular Jamaican Jerk sauce. The habanero is also widely used in many different types of hot sauces. The popularity of this chile pepper continues to grow and is becoming easier to find on the grocery shelf.
2 cups conch meat, pounded, chopped fine (or substitute clam)
1/4 cup onions, grated
1/4 cup olives, ripe, chopped fine
4 tsp pimiento, chopped fine
1 Tbsp garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp tarragon
3 dashes Habanero hot sauce
1 habanero chile, seeded, stemmed, minced
1/2 cup flour, all-purpose, sifted
1 egg, well beaten
Olive oil for frying
In a bowl, combine all of the ingredients except the baking powder, flour, egg, and olive oil and set aside. In another bowl, sift the baking powder and flour together and mix with the egg. Add the first mixture to the egg mixture, stir well, and let stand for 5 minutes. Place the oil in a frying pan and bring up to 380F. Carefully drop dough balls into the oil and cook until brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.