Pea, Za'atar and Feta Fritters 4.000

Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post; food styling by Amanda Soto/The Washington Post

Oct 29, 2018

According to Yotam Ottolenghi's new cookbook, these crunchy fritters are characterized as SIME, an acronym that stands for: Short on Time, 10 Ingredients or Less, Make Ahead and Easier Than You Think.

To read the accompanying story, see: 11 ingredients to add to your pantry and channel Ottolenghi’s favorite flavors.

Make Ahead: The batter, without the baking powder and mint -- can be refrigerated up to 1 day in advance. Stir those in just before using.

4 - 8

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Tested size: 4-8 servings

  • 18 ounces frozen/defrosted green peas
  • 4 1/2 ounces whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, and lemon wedges for serving (cut after zesting)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons za'atar
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup packed mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 7 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • About 3 1/3 cups safflower oil, for frying


Pulse the defrosted peas in a food processor just until they are coarsely crushed, then transfer to a mixing bowl.

Stir in the ricotta, eggs, lemon zest, the salt and a good grind of pepper, then add the za'atar, flour and baking powder, mixing until they are just incorporated. Gently fold in the mint and feta; you don't want the chunks of cheese to break up.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Line a plate with paper towels.

Divide the mixture into 8 equal portions, shaping them into balls, patties or quenelles that are about 1 1/2 inches wide. Cook about 4 at a time for 3 to 4 minutes, turning them to brown evenly. Use a slotted spoon to transfer them to the lined plate while you cook the remaining batch.

Serve warm, with lemon wedges.

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Adapted from "Ottolenghi Simple," by Yotam Ottolenghi with Tara Wigley and Esme Howarth (Ten Speed Press, 2018).

Tested by Antonia Balazs.

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