I’m pretty sure it’s a Southern thing, right? They’re a big enough deal to warrant an entire day dedicated to corn fritters, so let’s solve the mystery. Here’s the Wikipedia definition:
Corn fritters are a traditional savory Southern USA snack. Traditional corn fritters are a mixture of corn kernels, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter. They can be deep fried, shallow fried, baked, and may served with jam, fruit, honey, or cream. They may also be made with creamed corn, baked, and served with maple syrup. Corn fritters may have a similar appearance to, and may be mistaken for Johnnycakes.
Yeah — wouldn’t want to wind up with a plate full of Johnnycakes when you ordered fritters, right?
I know as kids we were sometimes treated to corn fritters prepared by our next door neighbor, Mrs. Vallee, but I think she just made big balls from canned creamed corn and flour and dropped ’em in hot oil. Not the fanciest recipe.
In case you’d like to try them yourself, here’s a good basic recipe.
And this one with a little south-of-the-border vibe because it’s made with jalapeno peppers.
And a Martha Stewart recipe, for perfectionists.
Enjoy those fritters!