Tortillitas de camarones

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Tortillitas de camarones
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Tortillitas de camarones served in a restaurant in Zaragoza
Type Appetizer or snack
Place of origin Spain
Region or state Andalusia
Main ingredients Wheat flour, chickpea flour, onions, parsley, shrimp
Cookbook:Tortillitas de camarones  Tortillitas de camarones

Tortillitas de camarones are shrimp fritters from the province of Cádiz in Andalusia, Spain. They are made with a batter of wheat flour, chickpea flour, water, onion (alternatively shallot or scallion), parsley, shrimp, salt and pepper. The batter is then fried on both sides in a pan with plenty of olive oil. Usually it is served with small side dishes.

In Andalusia the shrimp species Palaemon longirostris is typically used, for which camarón is the local name.[1] Because the shrimps are so small it is too difficult to shell them, so they are cooked whole. This specific species of shrimp is hard to come by outside of Andalusia. A different species of shelled shrimp can serve as a substitute, but without Palaemon longirostris the taste of the dish will be different.[2]

The dish originates from either Cádiz or San Fernando, or possibly both.[3] The dish became well known in the nineteenth century, but may have been created as early as the start of the sixteenth century. The Genoese colony present in Cádiz probably contributed to its invention, which might have resulted from the combination of Genoese farinata and Spanish gachuela. In the predecessor of the dish vegetables might have been used instead of shrimp.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Andalusian recipe: Tortillas de camarones". Instituto Mediterráneo Sol. 2 October 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Miriam (26 June 2009). "Andalusian tortillas de camarones". The Winter Guest. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Monforte, José (4 March 2012). "¿Dónde se inventó el plato?" (in Spanish). La Voz Digital. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Monforte, José (4 March 2012). "Cinco siglos de las tortillitas de camarones" (in Spanish). La Voz Digital. Retrieved 9 March 2014.