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Andy Bates is known for his hearty street food. His modern twists on classic dishes are fuelled by his international travels and a passion for re-discovering and cooking great British food. As the gaffer of specialist food company ‘Eat My Pies’, Andy brings the best of British food back to the public, including classic tarts, pies, Scotch eggs and, of course, some tasty puddings.

Andy is a contributing chef for Food Network UK and has already had two successful series broadcast on the channel - Andy Bates Street Feasts and Andy Bates American Street Feasts. His latest series, Andy Bates Brazilian Street Feasts, launched in February 2014. All three series follow him as he travels across continents to explore the world of street food and find the stories and people behind the recipes. As a result, he has become a leading expert on street food, with regular appearances on the street food circuit. Andy, who lives by the quote "You should always finish on a little bit of pudding", has also written a cookbook offering modern twists on classic dishes.

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Bean Fritters with Prawn and Mango Ceviche

Andy Bates

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My search for Brazil's best street food has brought me to it's first ever capital: Salvador de Bahia! 

Claudia's acaraje.

Claudia's acaraje.

Salvador de Bahia is a city steeped in history and known as one the most spiritual places in Brazil being home to 365 Catholic churches, one for each day of the year. It's also one of the most significant locations for Candomble, a polytheistic religion. Candomble came to Brazil with the arrival of African slaves, and it's a popular religion in Salvador. Specific street foods go hand in hand with the faith as believers think it establishes a connection with the Candomble Gods, known as Orishas. This is so interesting and never thought I would find a religion linked to street food culture. William, my guide in Salvador took me to try acaraje, which is thought to be the oldest street food in Brazil from Claudia. Claudia is famous in these parts, the stall has been in her family for nearly 60 years and the square where she works from has been informally named after her grandmother, Dinha!

Claudia & I. 

Claudia & I. 

So, what is acaraje? It is a bean fritter made of black-eyed peas fried in palm oil then filled with vatapa, a spicy paste made from shrimp, ground cashews, palm oil and a few other ingredients. It's then served with a salad called caruru, made out of green and red tomatoes, fried shrimps and homemade hot pepper sauce. 

William says that they are so popular that the whole of Salvador smells like palm oil because of it. 

Ararajes are a street snack so steeped in tradition, and I will stick with that principle for the fritter but giving the filling my very own fresh, modern twist. 


INGREDIENTS

FOR THE CEVICHE:

  • 250g raw tiger prawns, deveined
  • 1 small red onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 1 large mango, peeled, stoned and finely diced
  • 1 to 2 red chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 ripe tomato, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Small bunch coriander, finely chopped
  • Sea salt and black pepper

FOR THE FRITTERS:

  • 2 tablespoons dried prawn
  • 1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 x 400g cans black-eyed beans, drained
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons plain flour
  • Vegetable oil for deep frying

FOR THE GARNISH:

  • Hot pepper sauce
  • Lime wedges

METHOD

Bring a large pan of salted water to the boil, add the prawns and blanch for 1 minute. Drain the prawns, roughly chop and combine with the remaining ingredients to make your ceviche. Season to taste and refrigerate until needed. Cover the dried shrimp in boiling water and leave to soak for 15 minutes until softened. Drain, then blitz in a food processor with the onion, garlic and chilli until finely chopped. Add the beans, blitz until smooth and season to taste.

Tip into a bowl and gradually add flour until the mixture forms a stiff dough. Dip two spoons in a little oil and shape the mixture into 10 to 12 rough oval shapes. Heat the oil for deep frying to 160°C and fry in batches for 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown and crisp. Drain on kitchen paper and season with sea salt whilst still warm. Split the fritters open, stuff with the ceviche and serve with hot pepper sauce, lime wedges a cold beer.

Mango Tarte Tatin with Coconut & Peanut Brittle

Andy Bates

Salvador! The biggest and busiest city in the northeast of Brazil, Salvador is known for its architecture, history, music and mind-blowing gastronomy. The locals pride themselves on using regional produce and there's a huge variety of natural products to choose. I met Mariana, who's got a huge knowledge of the local produce, but she is actually from the south of Brazil. She says that when she arrived in Salvador, they introduced her to a completely different world. Where the variety of fresh produce is almost overwhelming, from palm oil to green tomatoes, there is a lot more choices. The variety of local products together with a strong African influence makes the food of Bahia utterly special. One of the ever present products is coconut and the Bahia state is the biggest consumer of coconut in all of Brazil. I was then taken to try Cocada - A sweet coconut snack made with condensed milk. The Brazilians like their treats sweet and everyone seems to have a sweet tooth!

The coconut and it's flavours have inspired this dessert and with the abundance of mango juice in Brasil I just had to incorporate their flavour into this dish. The crunchiness of the brittle works well with the soft mango and giving a real tropical kick to it too.


My Mango Tarte Tatin with coconut and peanut brittle 

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INGREDIENTS

FOR THE COCONUT BRITTLE:

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g salted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • 25g dessicated coconut

FOR THE MANGO TARTE TATIN:

  • 150g caster sugar
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 2 mangos, peeled and cut into thick wedges
  • 1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry

METHOD

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius or 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line a baking sheet with greaseproof paper or a silicone sheet. Pour the sugar into a heavy-based, non-stick frying pan and set over a medium heat. Gently tilt and swirl the pan (do not stir) until the sugar has melted and turns a deep caramel colour.

Add the peanuts and coconut and stir to combine. Pour the mixture into the lined tray and leave to cool. When cool, break into shards and set aside.

For the mango tart, unroll the pastry and cut out a circle the same diameter as the pan you’re going to use. Heat the sugar and butter in a 20cm non-stick frying pan until the sugar has melted and turned a deep caramel colour.

Remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly. Add the mango wedges and shake gently until they start to caramelise. Remove from the heat then lay the pastry over the top.

Bake for 20 minutes until the pastry in risen and golden. Leave to cool slightly then turn out onto a plate. Serve the mango tart topped with shards of the brittle.