Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Syn-free spaghetti fritters.

Yes, fritters. These are based on Jamie Oliver's street food version, but tweaked to be syn-free on Slimming World.

Makes about 9 fritters.


Spaghetti, cooked and cooled- either leftovers, or cooked especially. You can tweak the recipe to the amount you have. For the purposes of this post I used a 'handful', which made about 9 fritters, and would probably have served 3-4 in a pasta dish.
2 tablespoons very low fat cottage cheese
3 eggs
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
'A' choice amount of cheese, grated- either 28g full fat, 42g reduced fat etc. I used 42g Tesco reduced fat medium hard cheese. If you're clever and can do maths then allow 1-2 fritters per person and calculate the 'a choice' value needed  and add extra cheese to the 9 fritter recipe. I am not clever.
Generous pinch of salt
Herbs or spices to taste- I usually use 2tsp parsley and 2 tsp basil, but today I had run out so used a generous amount of a 'Lousiana Creole' spice mill. If you syn for it a generous dollop of pesto works wonderfully, too.
Sunflower oil frylight. Olive oil frylight will SMOKE and BURN, so avoid!

Cook the spaghetti:


Drain and cool.

In a large mixing bowl add the eggs, garlic, cottage cheese, hard cheese, salt and seasoning.

Mix to a thick lumpy paste like consistency.

Add the spaghetti and mix until it is completely coated.

Hmmm. Looks lovely, eh? ;)

Spray a nonstick frying pan LIBERALLY with frylight. Keep to a medium heat.

Using tongs or two spoons (one to 'wind' and one to dollop) dollop the mixture into the hot pan like so:

After 2-3 minutes the bottom should have set and started to crisp. Using a spatula flip the fritters over.

Once both sides are set simply cook both sides until they are brown and crispy.

Place fritters onto kitchen paper and serve immediately.

The 'proper' way is to eat them wrapped in paper, as a 'fast food'.

So there you go- yummy, cheesy, pasta-y comfort food, and free on green & extra easy. :) You can calorify it up a bit with more cheese, oil instead of frylight etc, but I found the 'full fat' version way, way too heavy. This is my new go-to comfort food. Even the 3 year old likes it.

Flattering. :/