Monday, November 13, 2017

Caribbean Pumpkin Fritters & Mango Cream Cheese Spread

Caribbean Pumpkin, sometimes called Calabasas, is a staple vegetable in the Caribbean region. It is used to make Breads, Snacks Desserts, Soups, Stews and other native Caribbean dishes. 

Calabasas got its name from the Spanish word “Calabaza” meaning “pumpkin” or “gourd”. The color and texture of the flesh is bright yellow/orange with a creamy buttery like flavor and texture.

Calabasas pumpkins are slightly greenish yellow - some almost dark green to almost black in color - and does not resemble the bright yellow fall pumpkin found in most USA markets. Actually Caribbean pumpkin is more comparable to squash than the typical North American pumpkin. 

Caribbean Pumpkin Fritters

  • 1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin (Can also used caned firm pumpkin)
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Oil for frying

In a medium bowl add mashed pumpkin, sugar, egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Mix until thoroughly combined. Sift the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger together and fold into the pumpkin mixture. Set aside for 5 minutes. 

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, and fry the fritters on both sides using a large spoon until golden brown (about 10-12 minutes) - adjust heat to prevent burning. Remove from heat and place on paper towels to drain.  Serve warm with mango cream cheese spread.

Mango Cream Cheese Spread

  • 1/2 cup of very ripe mangoes chopped
  • 1 cup of softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white rum

Mix cream cheese with powdered sugar 
Add rum and lightly beat until soft and combined
Fold in the mango, and lightly mix together
Chill until ready to serve

Recipe source: Chef Freda Gore - Caribbean Culinary Tours

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This culinary cruise is scheduled for December 16-23, 2018, and will visit ports of call in Puerto Rico, St Thomas, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, and St Martin. 

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Happy Travels,

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