Fried Seaweed Corvo Style (Tortas de Ervas do Calhau)

Tortas de Ervas do Calhau is Fried seaweed Corvo style, from the islands of the Azores. It is the most signature dish of the smallest island in the Azores, and is quite a unique one at that. It uses seaweed found on rocks which are very healthy and nutritious fried in olive oil in combination with some eggs, garlic, flour, onion, and Portuguese spice.

4 oz. Erva do calhau (You wont be able to find this unless you live in the Azores, but you can substitute with this seaweed found here on Amazon)
1 onion, finely chopped
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon sweet red pepper paste “massa de pimentao”
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 tablespoon flour
4 tablespoons olive oil
1) Cut the erva (or seaweed) into small pieces with a sharp knife.
2) In a bowl, add it to the onion, eggs, flour, chopped garlic, and sweet red pepper paste. Mix it together well.
3) Form them into small balls and fry them in a large frying pan with olive oil.
4) Place them onto paper towels to dry. Serve.

Image and Recipe credit: Nunes35

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