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Appetizers

Quinoa Fritters with Aji Amarillo Aioli

Ingredients

  • 6 cups white or black quinoa, rinsed and cooked
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 3¾ cups Cotija cheese, divided use
  • 2½ tablespoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 cups green onion, white part only, finely chopped
  • 9 eggs
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 2 cups flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Grapeseed oil for frying
  • 12 cups pico de gallo
  • Aji amarillo aioli, recipe follows

Preparation

Combine quinoa, flour, 2¼ cups cheese, salt and pepper. Add green onions, eggs, yolks and parsley.  Stir thoroughly until mixture has the consistency of soft dough. Refrigerate, covered. 

Heat ½-inch oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Press ¼ cup batter into an egg-shaped fritter and fry about 1 minute or until bottoms are golden brown. Turn and fry another minute. Drain on paper towels. 

Arrange 3 fritters on a plate per serving and top each with 1 teaspoon aji amarillo aioli. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cheese and serve with ½ cup salsa. Makes 24 servings. 

To make aji amarillo aioli, whisk together 1½ cups mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons lime juice, 1½ tablespoons chopped parsley and ¾ teaspoon kosher salt. Add chopped aji amarillo chilies to taste. Makes 1½ cups.

Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger; The Border Grill; Santa Monica, California