Calas, almost a forgotten New Orleans specialty, is made from leftover rice. These fritter-like treats are reappearing in homes and restaurants.
Oil for frying6 tablespoons flour3 heaping tablespoons sugar2 teaspoons baking powder1/4 teaspoon saltPinch of nutmeg2 cups cooked rice2 eggs, beaten1/4 teaspoon vanillavegetable oil for fryingConfectioners’ sugar, honey, orSteen’s Cane Syrup for topping
- Heat oil to 350°F. A thermometer is a handy gauge unless you are Poppy Tooker, who successfully intuits when they are done. Teaspoon-size calas use 350°F oil. Tablespoon-size calas may brown too quickly. Lower the oil’s temperature by 10°F and they will cook through.
- In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
- Using a separate bowl, thoroughly mix the rice, beaten eggs, and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and combine.
- In a heavy bottomed skillet or fryer, bring the oil to 360°F.
- Carefully drop teaspoons of batter into the hot oil without crowding and fry until brown on one side, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Using tongs or a spatula, turn and brown the second side.
- When frying several batches, let the oil cool back to the proper temperature.
- Using a slotted spoon or sieve, scoop out the loose browned bits.
- Drain on paper towels.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar or drizzle with syrup or honey, and serve hot, immediately.