Technically, it is a fruit originating from the South Pacific. It has a core, like a pineapple, that must be removed prior to eating. However, it is more like a vegetable in that it must be cooked prior to eaten. It is versatile and can be cooked in a variety of ways. Very similar to potatoes, it can be boiled, roasted, fried, whipped. If you go to Caribbean neighborhoods in New York (like Flatbush in New York or Richmond Hill/Jamaica in Queens), you can purchase fresh breadfruit at the fruit and vegetable stands.
Breadfruit Puffs is a delicious appetizer that you can impress your guests with, by using a unique ingredient most of them probably have never heard of. It is very simple to make and they are addictive – You can’t just have one!!
1/2 breadfruit (boiled or roasted)
1 tablespoon grated onion
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup milk
Flour, for coating
salt and pepper, to taste
1 pinch nutmeg
Cook Breadfruit. Once it is fork tender, peel and remove the skin and core the breadfruit. Mash it. Combine breadfruit with seasonings. Whisk egg and milk. Add to breadfruit mix and stir to combine. Form tablespoon size portions into balls. Roll in flour and fry in hot oil until golden brown.
Hope you enjoy your attempt at breadfruit puffs!!