The fantastic fritter: 7 recipes to delight your dinner guests
We love to fry anything. Here are the best recipes for fritters that celebrate this obsession perfectly.
Fritters, patties, pancakes, savory cakes … whatever you call them, it's clear that people have been turning their favorite fruits and vegetables into fried, crispy goodness since time immemorial.
Fritter is a term applied to a wide variety of deep-fried or pan-fried foods, from corn and zucchini to apple and banana. And since we Americans love to fry literally everything (have you been to a state fair lately?), we implored Miriam Kresh, a chef in our Israeli Kitchen, to put her own spin on fritters. And she did – with these delightful recipes.
Spinach parmesan fritters
Spinach fritters are pretty common, but Israeli Kitchen founder and contributor Miriam Kresh jazzed them up a bit with parmesan cheese and fresh tomato sauce. And though the word “fritter” brings deep frying to mind, luckily, these rich-but-light patties need only a little olive oil in the skillet.
Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe for spinach parmesan fritters.
What do you do when you've accidentally bought too much corn at the farmers market, but you don't want to keep chomping on those cobs every evening for the rest of the week? You make fritters, of course, as Kresh did. These fritters, in particular, are best served with a dollop of sour cream or date honey, but they're also delicious on their own.
Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe for corn fritters.
For this recipe, Kresh wanted something fruit-based to pair with roasted chicken. These fritters hit the spot, and they made a second appearance that same weekend in what Kresh calls a "lazy weekend breakfast." Keep in mind, however, that these fritters are different from the pastry-type fritters you see in bakeries and doughnut shops; these are a great side dish with a warm, hearty dinner.
Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe for apple fritters.
Cheese fritters with dried fig jam and crème fraîche
There are some fritters that serve merely as a vehicle for dipping sauce. These cottage cheese fritters are wonderful on their own, but they're exceptional with a dip into not one, but two exceptional sauces – a classic crème fraîche and a fig jam.
Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe for cheese fritters.
Curried butternut squash fritters
You can make pancakes for breakfast, or you can change things up a bit with these butternut squash fritters, which are easy to make and won't fall apart during frying. They also gain a charming spice when a touch of curry powder is added. Kresh suggests an apricot chutney on the side, like the one pictured here.
Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe for curried butternut squash fritters.
We can't spend every evening trying to persuade our families to eat their veggies. Sometimes we have to encase said veggies in a crispy, savory exterior in order to entice the veggie-averse, as with these fritters, which require only a few simple ingredients and take a maximum 15 minutes to cook.
Get our Israeli Kitchen recipe for zucchini fritters.
Bonus recipe: Jamaican banana fritters
Any chef will tell you that there's one key point to remember when cooking with bananas: they have to be so ripe that they almost fall apart when you pick one up. After all, the mushier, the sweeter. Hence, these banana fritters use bananas at the peak of ripeness, with no food processor or mixer required – just good, old-fashioned elbow grease. The result is a sweet, delicate fritter that makes a wonderful breakfast – or any meal, for that matter.
Get the recipe for Jamaican banana fritters, from the Cook Like a Jamaican blog.
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