Friday, July 8, 2011

Macedonian Style Fritters from Diethood

Happy Friday friends!! I don't know about y'all but I'm SO ready for the weekend! And to kick start your weekend I have a fantastic Guest Poster for ya today. Kate from Diethood is here to share a fantastic recipe with us! Kate is such a total sweetheart, I have really enjoyed getting to know her through the blogoshpere, and adore her site and recipes! She has an unending enthusiasm for food, which I totally love and admire!


Isn't she just gorgeous y'all? *Kate when I grow up I want to cook like you and look like you... is that ok?* lol! Ok seriously though, Kate is such a sweetheart. She is Macedonian, which I have to admit I find so fascinating. Kate is also a Wife and Mom to an adorable little girl! Now I have to say, I love the authentic recipes she posts on her site, I've never seen food quite like it and it all looks amazing! One of the things I love about Kate is that she finds food and cooking to be a passion of hers, and her natural curiosity is shown on her blog with the wonderful recipes she creates. I just know y'all are going to LOVE this recipe today... So without further ado I give you Kate!

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Howdy Y’all!

I’ve always wanted to say that! Kim’s blog seems like the appropriate place for it.

HI, KIM! Thank you for having me here!

I am always very flattered when a fellow food blogger asks ME to Guest Post… ME!?! Yep, me!

Thank you, Kim, for this invite – I am so honored to be here. If you were closer, I’d hug you and
kiss you!



In the spirit of Southern cookin’, I decided that I wanted to show y’all how to cook up some fritters. But not just any fritters; these are Macedonian style fritters. What’s that, you ask? Macedonia! It’s my home country! I was born in Macedonia, but moved to the States when I was around 11 years old.

Fritters are a breakfast staple in Macedonia. We inhale these treats like no other. You can have them with powdered sugar and some chocolate syrup, or you can also have them with some feta cheese, or plain yogurt… or you can always just eat them plain.



Macedonian Style Fritters – Pitulici (Pee-too-lee-tsee)

… in some parts of Macedonia these are also called Mekici (meck-e-tsee)

You will need:
4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups warm water (about 110 degrees Fahrenheit)
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups canola oil for frying pan
Toppings: powdered sugar, chocolate syrup, feta cheese, yogurt, jam, etc…

Directions:
Sift together the flour, yeast, and salt; set aside. With your electric mixer on low (or “knead”), mix together the water and olive oil. Add in the dry ingredients, one tablespoon at a time. Knead together until the dough is soft, but not sticky. If the dough feels dry, add in some water, one tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too moist, add in a bit of flour until you reach the desired consistency. Transfer the dough to a large bowl that’s been greased with some olive oil. Let it rest for 30 minutes. When ready, pinch off some dough and pull it at the sides with your fingers to mold it into a disc, the size of a standard pancake. In a large frying pan place 2 cups of canola oil and heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot enough, (around 370 degrees Fahrenheit), carefully drop in the fritters, one to two at a time, and fry until golden in color, about 3 minutes, flipping only once. Place on paper towels to drain. Serve immediately.


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Oh my word y'all... Did you get a load of those fritters? I am in awe and drooling all over the place here... They just look exquisite and the perfect treat... Thank you SO much Kate for sharing this fantastic recipe with us and for teaching us some Macedonian! I really hope y'all loved this post as much as I did, and please go check out Kate's site!

For more of Kate's fabulous recipes, you can find her on her blog Diethood

You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter
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