Chickpea and Pancetta Fritters with Maple Chile Yogurt

Chickpea & pancetta fritters with maple chile yogurt and a green salad is an easy weeknight dinner that fills your plate with veggies. Perfect for those nights when all you want to do is open a bottle of Pinot Noir, but still be healthy!

Please tell I am not the only one who has those days that when it comes to dinner you can not think past opening a bottle of wine?! I’m not, I know I’m not. It just can not be.

More often than I would like to admit I find myself sitting at my dining room table, with a glass of wine in hand, glazing into my little kitchen willing dinner to appear. Or even just an idea for dinner, anything kitchen fairy I’m not picky! But if I were to be picky I would prefer something easy, with a few veggies to meet that pesky half your plate requirement. This means my go-to of pasta is generally off the table, or at least I try to keep it off the table!!

Looking down at the fur children curdled up to my feet I think how lucky they are – dinner is predetermined each and every night for them. I suppose it works for me as well, as I just have to figure out dinner for the humans in the house. This is where the crossroad appears: do I cook dinner? Or do I have popcorn or cheese and almonds? I’ve been trying to get out of the routine of eating popcorn for dinner. Yes it is a routine, that is what happens when the lovely husband is away a lot.

My recent cure for popcorn dinners has been fritters. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fritters. Broccoli parmesan fritters from Smitten Kitchen are a go-to. Ottolenghi’s cauliflower and cumin fritters so damn good. And since we are talking unplanned weekday dinners, my own creations of whatever I happen to have in the fridge. A few veggies, some cheese and spices, all topped off with dollop of yogurt make for a fantastic dinner and make this girl very happy. Less time in the kitchen, means more time for wine. I believe that is what they refer to as a win-win.

And check out this plate, definitely more than half filled with veggies… I guess that would be a win-win-win!

And the best part of these fritters is that they taste even better with a glass of Pinot Noir! So open a bottle of wine and give these fritters a try, you will not be disappointed.

Chickpea and Pancetta Fritters with Maple Chile Yogurt

Chickpea & pancetta fritters with maple chile yogurt are an easy weeknight dinner for those nights when all you want to do is open a bottle of Pinot Noir.

  • 1 cup diced pancetta
  • 1 – 14 oz can chick peas
  • 1 medium egg
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chile powder, mild
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. In a fry pan cook pancetta until crisp. Remove from pan to cool and set aside.

  2. Drain and rinse chickpeas, set aside.

  3. In a large bowl whisk egg and then whisk in milk, parsley and cumin. Add flour and salt, and mix until combined and no lumps remain. Stir in chickpeas and pancetta.

  4. Add 1 tbsp of oil (Sunflower or Vegetable) into a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Once pan is hot, add 2 tbsp batter for each fritter. Fry the fritters in batches, so you don't overcrowding the pan. Fry for 5-7 minutes until the fritters are golden brown, turn only once. Add more oil as needed.

  5. To make the yogurt, mix the yogurt, maple syrup, red chiles, lemon juice and chile powder. Stir until smooth and well blended.

  6. Serve with a green salad and Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Noir.

Hope you enjoy and let me know what is your favorite weekday dinner when all you want is a glass of wine?

Help Me Get To Paris…

Friends I have entered my very first bloggers competition!! That’s right this recipe is part of Cono Sur’s Food Bloggers Competition. I would be greatly appreciate if you took a few moments to vote for my recipe. Please, please, pretty please! The Grand Prize is a trip to Paris (amazing!!) to compete in the finale with food bloggers from around the world. Voting is only open to Canadian residents, so if you find yourself in Canada I would love a vote for my fritters!! Check out my Facebook or Twitter page if you’d like to share the entry on your social media. If I could cook for each and every vote I would!!