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Happy Corn Fritters Day! (Hey, what IS a corn fritter, anyway?)

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!

About John Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.