Canellini Bean Fritters 

I always have tins of beans in my store cupboard and I don’t mean the Heinz variety! Pulses are a great way of adding fibre to your diet and don’t cost the Earth.  They are low in fat and can add substance to many meals.

Cannellini beans are a favourite of mine as they can be made into homemade baked beans, a mash potato alternative or, like I have done here, a fabulous fritter. These little fritters are so easy to make and taste divine.

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Feel free to substitute the spinach for another vegetable. Try left over roasted pumpkin or grated courgette.

Ingredients

Serves 2-3 

30 minutes

1 Tin Cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

1 handful of fresh spinach, finely sliced

3 spring onions, finely sliced 

Fresh parsley, finely chopped 

1 small chilli, finely chopped

2 tablespoons plain flour

1 egg, whisked

Salt & Pepper to taste

Rapeseed or olive oil to fry.

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Method 

Put all of the ingredients, apart from the oil, in a food processor and pulse until you get a chunky paste. Alternatively you can mash ingredients with a potato masher.

Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan.

Form into little patties, approx 6-7cm diameter, and fry on each side.

Serve with a salad or as part of a mezze feast. Also delicious stuffed in warm pita bread with some tzatziki. Yummy!

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