Ready for a hearty snack but wanting something new? Give this Bollos recipe a try, and you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner. It can take a long time preparing these pockets of goodies, but really, it’s mainly soaking and boiling that takes up the time. The actual work can only take up a few minutes, especially with the help of a food processor.
These appetizers from Cuba could almost be called “black-eyed pea hushpuppies.” It has the same heft and density, but instead of cornmeal as a base, this uses black-eyed peas. These buns are great eaten on its own as a snack, and it also goes well with a strong black coffee for an afternoon treat.
In this recipe, we are going to show you how you can make this Bollos recipe in the comfort of your own kitchen. Just follow these steps and you’ll be enjoying an authentic Cuban meal in no time.
How To Make Pleasing Bollos
These black-eyed pea fritters are a perfect snack to have in the kitchen for a quick bite to eat.
- 1½ lb black-eyed beans, canned, drained
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 4½ oz red onions, minced
- 4½ oz bell peppers, of your choice, seeded, minced
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- 1½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp cilantro, chopped
- ¼ cup tomato salsa, or dipping sauce of your choice
- Heat up the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions and peppers until translucent. Set aside.
- Line the baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a food processor, add the beans, cumin, salt, garlic, and sauteed vegetables. Puree until smooth.
- Portion roughly 3 ounce balls, either using greased hands or an ice cream scoop. Place these onto the lined baking sheets. Repeat until the mixture has been portioned out.
- Set the bollos aside in a chilled area and allow to harden slightly for roughly 1 hour.
- Preheat the oven to 360 degrees F while waiting.
- Roast the bollos for roughly 35 minutes until golden brown.
- Serve warm with cilantro and tomato salsa or sauce of your choice.
- Sugar: 3g
- Calcium: 24mg
- Calories: 88kcal
- Carbohydrates: 14g
- Fat: 2g
- Fiber: 4g
- Iron: 2mg
- Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
- Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
- Potassium: 223mg
- Protein: 5g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Sodium: 333mg
- Vitamin A: 374IU
- Vitamin C: 15mg
Frequently Asked Questions
What are bollos?
Bollos, or bollitos, are black-eyed pea fritters originating from Cuba. It is a common ingredient in Cuban cuisine.
How do I prepare black-eyed peas?
Soak the peas for at least 8 hours, the longer the better. Remember to drain the soaking liquid and replace it with fresh water.
ConclusionThis Cuban snacks are little in size but it fills you up easily. Preparing it does take a long time, to be honest, but the time of having to work on the recipe is minimal. It's worth giving a try for these hearty fritters. Have it with your afternoon coffee, sit back and relax.
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