Butternut Fritters with Rocket, Blue Cheese and Onion Marmalade

These are delicious little treats, super as a starter or a snack. They may be used as a fairly substantial main course, with the addition of extra salad. This is a great way to use up any leftover butternut. It’s tempting to overindulge in this delicious combo of butternut, with the blue cheese and onion marmalade.

Makes 42 – 46 small fritters

Onion Marmalade:

– 2 large red onions, sliced
– 30 ml cooking oil
– Salt and pepper
– 125 g brown sugar (155 ml)
– 125 ml red wine vinegar
– 45 ml balsamic vinegar

To serve: 30 g rocket, 125 g blue cheese, crumbled


1. Onion Marmalade: Sauté onions in oil with the salt and pepper, for 5 minutes.
2. Add the sugar and vinegars; cook to a syrupy consistency, then set aside.
3. Fritters: Place the butternut into a steamer or into a colander over a saucepan, a quarter filled with boiling water; steam until tender.
4. Mash the butternut; cool slightly, then mix in the eggs, salt and chilli flakes.
5. Sift the flour and baking powder together; stir into the butternut.
6. Cook spoonfuls of the mixture in a frying pan with a little oil; cooking over a medium heat. Turn over when puffed up.
7. Drain well.
8. Serve: Layer the fritters with the rocket and crumbled blue cheese; drizzle the onion marmalade over the layers.


• If you are not a blue cheese fan, substitute this for feta cheese or white Cheddar.
• Omit chilli flakes.
• If you prefer something sweet; omit onion marmalade; sprinkle fritters with cinnamon, and serve drizzled with maple syrup.

Butternut Fritters:

– 675 g butternut, peeled and chopped (750 ml)
– 2 large eggs
– 7 ml salt
– 3 – 5 ml chilli flakes
– 280 g cake flour (500 ml)
– 15 ml baking powder
– Cooking oil for shallow-fat frying