A fritter is any kind of food coated in batter and deep fried. Although very similar to a doughnut it differs in the fact that it requires some base ingredient beyond the dough it is cooked with.
The first time I ate a fritter... was on vacation with my parents in Tennessee. Before that we had never even heard of a fritter. I still remember how my whole family stood outside a little deep fry stand and ate a brown paper sack full of apple fritters. Yep they bagged them in brown paper bags. (It helped to absorb the grease) A great memory for me.
In the United States..., fritters are small cakes made with a primary ingredient that is mixed with an egg and milk batter and either pan-fried or deep-fried; wheat flour, cornmeal, or a mix of the two may be used to bind the batter. " Corn fritters" are often made with whole canned corn and are generally deep-fried. "Apple fritters" are well known, although the American apple fritter is unlike the British one. Clam cakes and crab cakes are varieties of fritter too. Did you know that? Another regional favorite is the " zucchini fritter." Although I have never tried it before.
Note: Make sure your oil is hot hot hot! There's nothing worse than a greasy fritter.
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