Savory Winter Green Beignets

  • Cook Time : 240 min
  • Ready Time : 4 hour, 0 min

Servings

32 pieces

Ingredients

    For the Batter

    • 1 cup whole milk, warmed to 105°
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
    • 1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 large egg whites, room temperature

    For the Filling

    • 6 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 medium white onion (about 8 ounces), halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
    • 8 ounce assorted winter greens (about 12 cups), such as kale, mustard greens, mizuna, or arugula
    • 1 cup (2 ounces) finely grated Parmesan
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more for seasoning
    • Vegetable oil (for frying)
    • 1/4 cup vinegar powder*
    • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

    Directions

    Place warm milk in a large bowl. Add sugar and yeast; whisk to dissolve sugar. Cover with a warm, damp kitchen towel and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour. Add flour and salt; whisk until smooth. Whisk egg whites in a medium bowl until frothy, about 1 minute. Add to batter and whisk until smooth.

    Scrape down sides of bowl, allowing batter to pool at bottom. Cover bowl with a damp towel. Let stand at room temperature until batter begins to bubble, at least 1 hour and up to 2 hours. Stir. (Note: the batter can be made up to 8 hours ahead of time. Cover and refrigerate. Let batter stand at room temperature for 1 hour before using.)

    Meanwhile, to prepare filling, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened but not browned, about 10 minutes. Working in batches, add greens to skillet and toss until wilted. When all greens have been added, cook, stirring frequently, until tender and mixture is almost dry, 4-5 minutes. Spread greens on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and let cool completely.

    Finely chop greens; transfer to a medium bowl. Stir in Parmesan and season with salt. Roll the seasoned greens into small balls, about 2 teaspoons each. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour. (Note: filling balls can be made up to 8 hours ahead. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.)

    Just prior to serving, pour vegetable oil into a medium heavy pot to a depth of 2″. Heat oil to 360°. Combine vinegar powder and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Set aside. Place flour in a medium bowl. Working in batches, roll vegetable balls in flour to lightly coat, then drop into batter, turning to coat evenly. Using 2 small spoons, lift balls from batter, allowing excess batter to return to bowl. Working in batches, fry beignets until golden brown, turning occasionally, about 2-3 minutes per batch. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Roll hot beignets in vinegar-powder mixture and serve immediately.

    *Note: Vinegar powder? Never heard of it. While it sounds intriguing and I’m sure is delicious, these beignets are just as good drizzled with a little bit of malt vinegar instead.

    Source: Love and Olive Oil

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