Growing up in Southern California, I was for sure one of the very few kids who grew up with grits as a mealtime staple. However, with the foodie movement that eventually swept the nation, fancy shrimp and grits finally became a thing on the West Coast.
I’m always looking for fun plant-based ways to eat grits, so when I received the Otamot vegetable packed organic tomato sauces, I knew exactly what I was going to make! Otamot makes Organic Essential Suace, Spicy Organic Sauce and Organic Carrot Bologonese Sauce. Any one of these sauces would pair well with my grits recipe below, but I did opt to use the Organic Carrot Bolognese with my easy Carrot Fritters on Grits!
The Otamot Carrot Bolognese sauce has a subtle sweetness in it that pairs really well with the garlic and chili powder seasoning in the carrot fritters. Each jar of Otamot sauce is certified organic, vegan, gluten-free and whole30 approved. There’s also no added sugar and it’s an excellent source of Vitamin A!
Carrot Fritters & Grits with Otamot Carrot Bolognese Sauce Recipe
YOU WILL NEED:
- 4 large carrots
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 eggs or vegan egg substitute like Just Plant-based Egg
- 1/2 cup flour (or use gluten-free flour)
- 4 cups cooked grits
- 1 jar of Otamot Carrot Bolognese Sauce
HOW TO PREPARE:
In a food processor, shred carrots and garlic clove.
Dump shredded carrots and garlic into a large mixing bowl. Add flour and eggs and mix well until everything is well incorporated. Let is sit for at least 5 minutes.
Prepare grits per directions and keep adding water if necessary to keep loose – don’t let your grits clump up.
Take one jar of Otamot Carrot Bolognese Sauce sauce and heat in a small sauce pan on medium-low.
In a saute pan, add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and heat medium-high. With your hands, grab some carrot mixture to form a patty about 3-4″ wide in diameter. Place in the pan and cook on each side for about 4-5 minutes. Each side should be crispy. I was able to cook two at a time in my pan.
In a wide bowl, add a layer of warm grits and then a large dollop of hot Otamot Carrot Bolognese sauce in the center. Place a carrot patty in the center and then top with a little more sauce! If you eat dairy, sprinkle a little good quality parmesan cheese on top and fresh basil.
This is a nutritious way to enjoy tasty fresh carrots in an easy-to-make spiced patty on top of comforting grits and tasty organic vegetable based tomato sauce. Enjoy!
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