Graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York City and owner of Uncle Nick’s Greek Cuisine, NYC. Manatakis is a Greek and Italian-American Orthodox Christian chef who has appeared on the Food Network’s Chopped and winner of the Family Food Showdown cooking competition. Sophia says her dream to become a chef came from her faith, feeling fearless, and being self confident. Even when her path seemed uncertain, she chose to trust in her faith. Chef Sophia is also a recipient of the Orthodox Christian Network 30 under 30 entrepreneurship award. Sophia has recently published Our Greek Kitchen, the first of many cook-calendars, has a catering business and is a private culinary instructor. Sophia’s intensity and passion for culinary art is unmeasurable.
- Finely chop the onion, spring onions and fennel.Place into a large bowl and add the flour, along with some water and mix with a wooden spoon, until the mixture forms a thick batter. Sprinkle with salt and plenty of pepper and herbs and stir well.In a pan add enough oil to fry the fritters, and heat the oil into medium-high
- Dip a tablespoon in some water and spoon out some of the mixture into the hot oil. Repeat this procedure until the surface of the pan is comfortably filled. You should dip the spoon in the water every time, so that the dough doesn’t stick on it. Fry the fennel fritters until nicely colored. Place them on paper towel, to absorb the extra olive oil. To avoid the use of oil, you can also bake them at 450 for about 20 minutes. To keep them in perfect form in the oven you can use a ring-mold or top of a mason jar.
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