Fritters are small cakes made with a primary ingredient—cheese, meat, seafood, fruit, vegetables—mixed with an egg and milk batter and then pan-fried or deep-fried.
The first historical record of the fritter dates back to 1665 in the diary of Samuel Pepys, an Englishman who served as a Member of Parliament during the English Restoration period, who noted that he would be enjoying some fritters before Lent.
Fritter and pancake batter both contain the same ingredients, but fritters involve dipping a main ingredient into the batter before frying.
Fritters can be served as a snack, side dish, dessert, or even the main course.
Fritters are popular all over the world, and almost every cuisine in the world has its own variety.
In Asia there are several varieties, including the Burmese a-kyaw, a fritter with a rich gourd filling typically served with tea or for breakfast.
Tempura, the battered and fried dish from your favorite Japanese restaurant, is another type of fritter.
Perhaps even the deep-fried Twinkies that originated here in Dallas at the Texas State Fair could be considered “Twinkie Fritters” also…
Here are a few fritter recipes…so that you can feed fritters to your critters on National Fritter Day.
Apple Fritters from Dixie Crystals
Banana Fritters from Martha Stewart
Blueberry Fritters from Seasons and Suppers
Corn Fritters from Just a Taste
Pineapple Fritters from Las Vegas Food Adventures
Shrimp Fritters from Spoon Fork Bacon
Twinkie Fritters from Key Ingredient