I made these for dinner last night and they were SO good. Not to mention incredibly cheap. And quite easy to make.
I got the idea on Cheap Family Recipes (which I’ve mentioned before, but is a site providing reasonably healthy recipes and mealplans for those living on benefits-level incomes), though I did adapt the spices and quantities a bit. It’s the second recipe I’ve made from CFR and I’ve really liked them both, so I’m definitely going to continue experimenting with the different recipes on their site.
The recipe says to serve with plain homemade wedges, but I made (very) spicy ones as it’s the only way to get Dave enthusiastic about homemade wedges, and to be honest they’re much nicer and it’s so worth the extra few pennies for the spices if you have them in. I also served with a small side salad and a dollop of yoghurt each (mayonnaise, especially garlic mayo, would have been much better in hindsight as the yoghurt didn’t go that well), both of which are optional. If you’re vegan, skip the yoghurt and the rest of the meal is good to go.
Sweetcorn Fritters (serves 2) 14p per portion
- 160g frozen sweetcorn 16p
- 1 small onion, chopped 3p
- 50g self-raising flour 2p
- 1 tsp curry powder (I used Madras) 1p
- 1/2 tsp ground coriander 2p
- 2 tsp vegetable oil to mix in, then 2 tbsp for frying 3p
- enough water to make a paste
Mix all the ingredients together, except the last two tablespoons of oil, and season. Heat half the oil in a large frying pan and fry heaped tablespoons of the mix, in two batches, topping up the oil in between. Turn occasionally until both sides are browned and the fritters are cooked through. Serve with wedges and salad.
Spicy Potato Wedges (serves two) 25p per portion
- 450g potatoes (I used 4 small ones), cut into wedges and dried 36p
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2p
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper 4p
- 1 tsp paprika 4p
- 1 tsp dried oregano 3p
Preheat the oven to 220C. Toss all the ingredients together and arrange on a baking tray so the potatoes aren’t overlappingh (just pile it on and shake it, I don’t mean lay each one out individually). Bake for around 25-30 minutes, until the edges are crisp and brown.
The fritters and wedges together make a great main meal for only 39p per head! Even with a small side salad (25p per portion for the leaves, under 5p per portion for the dressing), this is under 70p a head. If you want, you could skip the salad altogether or have carrot sticks or some cooked peas with the fritters and wedges instead, which would be cheaper. We also served with value natural yoghurt at around 5p each.