Thursday, November 15, 2012

Anything Fritters

I posted my review of Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening Giveaway with a picture of my okra fritters. Sweet Miss Deb from Jeremiah 29:11 asked me for my okra fritter recipe. Now isn't that something! A person from the South asking a Yankee for an okra recipe! Just being silly!!!

shredded apple

apple-dried cranberry fritters


Okra Fritters

Okra Fritters frying

I like to make fritters. I grew up making fritters from corn. I learned that a regional favorite was oyster fritters. I became more adventurous with my fritters. Once you make a fritter batter, you can add any number of things to it. When I make them for family and farm workers, they fly off the plate. I really love the above shortening. My fritters don't have a greasy taste. Just to make them more lovable, I add a pat of butter or two when I start the shortening on the burner. It also makes things cook a bit faster. It's optional though.

Here's my best guesstimate of a fritter recipe with "add ons" below:

3 large eggs, beaten
3/4 cup flour or GF flour mix with a pinch of xanthan gum or guar gum
a pinch of salt
Mix the above ingredients as well as you can, slowly adding milk until it resembles pancake batter.

Add ons:
-corn kernels- if using frozen, thaw first
-okra cut into small wheels
-Grated zucchini with a bit of carrot grated into it (A pinch of garlic helps this one)
-Sweet onions and red peppers, coarsely chopped and lightly sauteed (This one likes to have garlic visit too!)

- finely chopped apple and raisin (could add pecans)
- chopped pear and dried cranberries
- blueberries (I've added chopped pecans)
- cherries (Drip a bit of vanilla in that batter:)
For any of the sweet add ons,  you might want to add a teaspoon or two of brown or white sugar to your flour when mixing the batter. I've always wanted to make a bit of caramel to dip the apple fritters. Decadent? Sure.

As far as the amount of add ons, it's probably about a cup. You want wall to wall corn, okra, apple or whatever  with enough batter to hold it together. Sorry if I don't have exact amounts, I'm a pinch, dash, handful kind of cook.

Heat your shortening over medium low to medium. I like my shortening or oil to be about an inch and a half up the side of the pan. You do not need to deep fry these. Watch your pan so you can turn it down if it gets too hot. Don't let it get away from you. Drop your fritter by large spoonful into the shortening. Mine are large. When you can see a bit of golden brown on the underside, gently turn them. Let them brown on that side as well. Make sure you do not see any uncooked batter in the center area. It may only need another minute of cooking time.

When cooked, remove to plate lined with a few paper towel to absorb any extra shortening or oil. The sweet varieties can be dusted with powdered sugar.

FRYING GLASSES? You better believe I wear safety glasses when I fry things. When I used to be blind in one eye, I had no blink reflex. I had a terrible time with little beads of oil popping up and hitting my eye. I learned to use safety glasses and I still do today. Why? I learned how very precious our vision is. Anything to protect it is alright by me!

Don't forget to check out the Tropical Traditions Organic Palm Shortening Giveaway. There is also one for a great cookbook, the Paleo Indulgences.
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  1. This is a fun idea. I have made zucchini fritters before - love them!

  2. I can tell I only had toast for breakfast. Your fritters look amazing.
    Have a lovely day.

  3. Yes, that was a bit odd of me, being Southern born and raised to ask for a Northerner recipe....but I've never had them and they sound sooooo good!! Thanks so much for the recipe. I have something to share that you probably already know about. i'm not completely gluten free, but I have cut back on a lot of things. I discovered that I can take a bag of brown rice and put it in the "Magic Bullet" blender and turn it into rice flour....such a cheap solution!!! I might share that on the blog soon!!! HOPE you have a great day!!!

  4. I am in heaven... I'm following you now as well. I have a horse and my daughters and I adore him. Your Wendall looks like a Haflinger.

  5. I have made fritters, but it was so long ago! I need to try your recipe!

  6. you're smart to protect your eyes...not like we can get another pair!

  7. Hello, thanks for the visit.I love fritters myself these sound delicious.Good thing to protect your eyes for sure~Cheers Kim

  8. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

  9. I too so love the cabinet pantry with chicken wire! Happy Thanksgiving to you~Blessings KIm


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