The Spanish tapas menu contains a number of deep-fried fritters, usually little morsels of meat or vegetables, mixed into a choux pastry dough and deep-fried. For this dish the Spanish use a firm goats’ milk cheese, but halloumi works very well, as it softens, but does not melt.

Choux pastry dough

1 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1/4t freshly grated nutmeg
1/2t salt
110g flour
2 eggs


±200g) hot smoked chourizo sausage, cubed to ±1cm
±200g halloumi, cubed to ±1cm, same as chourizo

Oil for deep-frying

Choux pastry dough

  1. Combine the water, butter, nutmeg and salt in a small high-sided saucepan. Bring to the boil.
  2. Once the butter has melted and the water is boiling briskly, add the flour, all at once and stir with a wooden spoon over a high heat, until the dough leaves the side of the pan, to form a ball. Cook for a further 2 minutes.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat, add eggs one at a time, beating vigorously as each is added – the dough may separate, but will re-form as you continue to beat.


  1. Fold the chourizo and cheese into the choux pastry and mix well.
  2. Heat the oil for deep-frying to 190°C, drop a few fritters into the oil (do not overcrowd the pan), turn continually until they are puffed and golden. Drain on paper towels, and keep warm in a pre-heated low oven. Serve immediately.

Makes ±24.

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Sunninghill – (011) 234-3252

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