They’re golden-brown, crispy and greasy in the most delicious way. Love fried foods? Fritters Day, observed annually on December 2, is your day to celebrate. And if you are uncertain as to what a fritter is, chances are you’ve sampled at least one. It is deep-fried breading encasing vegetables, meats, and fruit.
A popular sweet fritter is the apple, in which chunks of apples are coated with crispy dough. Recipes also include raisins or sliced almonds glazed with white icing. They are addictive. Have one with your afternoon java and you’ll crave a repeat of that sweet moment every day.
Seafood is a delicious fritter of the savory kind. Conch fritters are served with a creamy, tangy dipping sauce. In the Bahamas, they are the stars on every appetizer menu. In the United States, clam fritters are ubiquitous and corn fritters are a welcomed accompaniment to barbecue.
Bite-sized appetizers are created in deep fryers everywhere. They may not be called fritters but they are all candidates for your Fritters Day festivities.
Shrimp tempura grace Japanese menus and is made by plunging tempura-battered shrimp into hot oil. Vegetable pakora is an Indian variation in which vegetables are coated with a seasoned batter and fried. Italians also deep fry vegetables to nosh on and zucchini is one of their most popular choices.
So pull out the deep fryer and play host to a gathering of friends on Fritters Day. Everyone can toss in their favorite ingredients to create a smorgasbord of sweet, savory fritters. There are no rules. If it can be breaded, into the pool of oil it goes. After all, frying makes everything better, does it not?