It's 30 minutes past midnight, Macy Grays 'Finally made me happy' is playing in the background, as I sip and savour the cooling effects of my fresh mint tea, whilst scrolling through my drafts of uncompleted recipes.
I decided to complete this Jollof Arancini reecipe before I retired to bed.
Ever since I created this recipe and shared a picture on my Instagram page, 'Ndudu by Fafa', it's inspired many people which is encouraging in itself. A perfect reason to try this recipe then. Leave your comments and feedback about your experience.
This recipe is unique in flavour ,as the Jollof rice is made with corned Beef stew, the Halloumi adds its saltiness, the green Peas and Plantain adds a sweet and candy like texture to the dish.
Corned beef Jollof rice was a big deal during my childhood, especially when paired with fried Chicken and Mums amazing salad.
'Charley, my Mum can cook ooh'!
Just got an idea, I'll write about my Mums corned beef Jollof rice for Mother's Day.
Until then you can find various Jollof recipes on my blog and YouTube channel.
It's imperative to use soft ripened Plantain for this recipe, as its sweeter and lends its creamy texture to the dish.
400g of cooked corned Beef Jollof rice or Plain Jollof rice
150g of diced Halloumi cubes
150g of diced fried Plantain
60g of peas
150g of Jollof sauce or roasted pepper sauce
1 free range egg
15g of lemon thyme (optional).
600ml of Sunflower oil
2 beaten eggs
Place the corned Beef Jollof rice, Peas, diced Halloumi, fried Plantain, Tomato, any left over Tomato stew and the egg.
Mix everything together till well combined.
Using your clean hands scoop a handful of the Jollof mixture and roll into six individual balls.
Pour the oil into a saucepan and place on a medium heat.
Test the oil is hot by dropping in a few breadcrumbs. If it sizzles the oil is ready for frying.
Place the beaten egg and breadcrumbs in 2 separate bowls.
It's imperative you have the eggs and breadcrumbs close to your frying station to minimise the mess.
Place the rolled Jollof Arancini into the beaten egg
Remove the Jollof Arancini from the egg mixture and roll it into the Panko breadcrumbs.
Drop the Jollof Arancini into the frying basket and lower it into the oil. You can fry the Jollof Arancini without using the basket. Fry for 3-4 minutes or until the Jollof Arancini has a golden colour.
Continue the process until everything is fried.
You can enjoy the Jollof Arancini, hot, warm or cold , either with roasted Vegetables, Salad or on its own.
If you're in Ghana, try using 'Wagashie', (the Ghanaian cheese)instead of Halloumi.
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