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Crunchy Ossau-Iraty Cheese Fritters with Fresh Herbs and Chorizo

  • Servings:

  • Preparation:

    40 minutes
  • Cook:

    40 minutes


  • 180g Ossau-Iraty cheese
  • 3 or 4 slices of chorizo per person
  • 70g butter
  • 70g flour
  • 50cl milk
  • 3 whole eggs + 4 yolks
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley
  • 700g dry breadcrumbs
  • 1 fresh lemon zest
  • Black cherry jam
  • 10cl olive oil
  • 50cl cooking oil
  • Espelette pepper
  • Freshly-ground salt and pepper



To make the Mornay sauce: melt the butter and add the flour. Cook on a low heat then add the cold milk and bring to the boil. Take off the heat, add the egg yolks and the grated Ossau-Iraty. Mix well, spice and season, pour onto a tray until 4cm thick, then leave to set in the freezer.

To make the batter: mix the whole eggs and olive oil and season. Put to one side. Mix the parsley in a blender. Add 400g of the breadcrumbs and the lemon zest. Mix until the breadcrumbs turn green.

Put the chorizo slices onto a tray and cook in the oven at 100°C for about 40 minutes, turn them over half way through the cooking time. Keep them at room temperature.

To make the Ossau-Iraty fritters: take out the Mornay sauce and cut out 4 rectangles of about 5 x 2cm. Dip these rectangles in the batter and cover both sides then coat with the remaining breadcrumbs. Repeat these steps to create a thick crust. Fry the fritters.


Cut the fritters in four and place them in a plate. Add the fresh herbs. Add the dried chorizo slices, then garnish with some of the black cherry jam.

Recipe created by Frédéric Coiffé

Recipe from l'Inventaire Gourmand du Sud-Ouest, published by Sud Ouest Editions

Photo credits : Claude Prigent