Black Bean Peach Fritters with Sweet Cayenne Aioli

Savory sweetness in delightfully crispy bites with a zesty sauce partner.

Peaches are my summertime love language. My happy place is Durbin Farms in Clanton, Alabama where the peaches are always ripe and the smiles warm. I have a deep affection for peach cobblers, pies, preserves and cocktails. These fritters utilize my favorite fruit in an unexpected, savory way. Using black beans as a base, this meat free meal celebrates the peach subtly and poetically.

you are ever the
only one
I want to give
all the peaches
in my heart to

the only one
by whom
I want them bruised.

-Sanober Khan

My last post was a nod to foods helpful for heartbreak, and these fritters would fit right in. The earthen flavor of black beans, the aroma of fresh sage, and the undeniable joy-inducing juiciness of a peach paired with the cold, creamy sauce make an otherwise shitty August feel okay. Be generous with the salt ( it tends to get lost in beans) and go on a sweet and spicy adventure! Comment below and let me know how it goes.

Black Bean Peach Fritters with Sweet Cayenne Aioli

Fritters

  • 1 1/2 cups (1 can) rinsed black beans
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 ripe peach, skinless and chopped
  • 1/2 finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • handful chopped sage
  • TBSP powdered ginger
  • generous S&P

Aioli

  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2-3 TBSP mashed peach
  • couple pinches sugar (brown recommended)
  • several pinches cayenne pepper to taste

Preheat a deep sautee pan and add oil. Cook onions until caramelized. Combine with all other fritter ingredients and shape into small patties. Place fritters 2 at a time into oil and cook for 2 minutes per side on medium-high heat until each side is a crispy deep brown. The center should be firm.

Combine all aioli ingredients and chill for at least 15 minutes. Use to top fritters or as dipping sauce on the side. Enjoy!

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