Habanero Pineapple 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.

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2 cups fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
1/2 habanero chile, seeded and finely minced
5 chives, finely minced
1 onion, minced
cloves garlic, mashed and minced
8 green onions, minced
1/2 tsp. turmeric
1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 cup milk, or more
1/2 cup vegetable oil, for frying
2 eggs, beaten
salt and pepper
1/4 cup cilantro sprigs for garnish

Mix the first seven ingredients and set aside.

Combine the flour, milk, eggs, salt and pepper together in a bowl and beat well with an electric mixer. Cover and refrigerate for about 4 hours. After 4 hours, combine the fruit mixture with the batter.

Heat the vegetable oil in a deep skillet and drop the batter into the hot oil by the spoonfuls. Fry each for about 5 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Remove the fritters and drain on paper towels. Serve cold, garnish with pineapple chunks or rings, and a sprig of fresh cilantro. Serves 6.

Recipe by Diana Rattray.