Macaroni and cheese fritters. Photo: vvvanessa, Flickr
To clarify, a fritter is any chopped food (or occasionally whole pieces of an ingredient) combined with or dipped in batter before being fried. The dish can be both savory or sweet, and, in the U.S., most frequently involves crab, apples, or corn. The Greeks and Romans made similarly fried nibbles, until stateside versions first appeared on the American market in 18th and 19th century, with recipes typically involving a duo of cornmeal and fried fish.
Varied renditions of fritters appear internationally, from the French beignet aux pommes (apple fritter), the Indian spiced vegetable pakoras, sweet Italian Zeppole, to the beloved bite of the American South, hush puppies. Celebrate with your preferred version today!
What is your favorite type of fritter? Argue your case in the comments!
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