Bang beef and tomato fritters on the barbie.

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Spicy beef and tomato fritters

225g (1 cups) self-raising flour
2 eggs
1 cup milk
6 small vine-ripened tomatoes, deseeded and diced
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 Tbs chopped fresh basil
1 Tbs olive oil
50g aged cheddar cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

160g beef sausages, cut into pieces

Extra oil for cooking

Makes 14-16 fritters

Fritters are always a great lunch dish. They are very easy to put together and everyone loves them. These are also very tasty cooked on a barbecue for those long summer lunches.

1. In a bowl, beat the flour, eggs and milk together to form a batter, then add the remaining ingredients except the sausages.

2. In a frying pan, sautee the beef sausage pieces until just cooked. Add them to the fritter mix.

3. In a large flat frying pan over a medium heat, add a little oil and fry large spoonfuls of the mixture until golden brown on one side, turn, and brown the other side.

4. Serve with mayonnaise, herb creme fraiche or a spicy tomato salsa.