“If you were a food, you would be corn. I don’t know why, I just sense corn in you.” – Lizbeth Mori
Today started out with a rather large bang. On top of it being cold and dismal, I got yelled at by an old man for parking in a spot I apparently wasn’t supposed to park in (not my fault there’s no guest parking) while visiting my aunt. I got home, changed into some footie pajamas, and decided that I was going to sit and do homework…
…Which I still have not completed at this point.
So as I wrote this, I sat in my mess I call my room with Bill Nye the Science Guy playing in the background. I continued to let the cold, dreary air in from the open window.
It also happens to be Memorial Day, a day where we honor the men and women who have passed while serving in the US Military. Memorial Day is one of those days where there are fireworks, lots of BBQing, and lots of drinking. All things I am not taking part in today because of this nasty weather.
What can I do to make this drab Memorial Day better? Well, aside from attempting this recipe later today, I thought that today would be another great day for one of my cook through recipes that I originally planned to make tomorrow! What better way to heat up this gross day than with……
Sweet Corn Fritters!
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I did a great deal of waiting to finally make this recipe. I thought that I should do all of my homework first, and then create these fritters when everyone got home. Well… 5:00 PM came and went, mother had not come home yet, and I was getting hungry. Guess I was going to make these fritters for a smaller party than expected.
Let’s start with a little food education. What exactly is a Corn Fritter? What is a Fritter? I had always heard of them, but never knew what they were. Turns out a fritter is a name that can be applied to a variety of foods that can be fried. In this case, corn. So a corn fritter is essentially corn in a batter and then fried…
…My arteries were already screaming at me.
I’m not the biggest fan of fried food, Jenny. But you’re saying that these are “lovely and tasty and easy,” so let’s see how this works out!
Similarly to the cheese straws, I was left with a rather sandy dough. Usually when something odd like this happens I do nothing to fix it and just continue because I like following the recipe step by step. I wanted this experience to be different: I rolled up my sleeves, put on my tough gal’ attitude, and said “Not this time!”
Behold, pre-frying the fritters. I was absolutely terrified to fry them because, honestly, they just looked like they were about to fall apart! I paused and did some research to see what other people’s fritters were supposed to look like.
Yep. Okay, I made a mistake. Everyone else’s batter is so much milkier and wetter than mine.
I scrapped what I did, put it all in the bowl, and added a little more water to the batter to create a wetter texture. Not too much because I still wanted to be able to form them into cakes with my hands, but enough that I didn’t have to worry about the patties falling apart.
Much better, don’t you think? So much smoother, right? Not so crumbly? I think so. With the fritters created and oil heating in the skillet, it was time to mentally prepare myself for what was to come.
I really don’t know why, but I always tend to absolutely fail when it comes to frying food. I tried making grilled cheese fries. Fail. French fries. Fail. The only thing I can actually take pride in frying is Oreos, but that’s a story for another day…
So. Oil was heated and it was time to place the fritters into the searing hot liquid from the underworld. I placed them in and began what I thought would be an… easy task.
It was, but it wasn’t. You’ll see what I mean.
Behold! The one and only full corn fritter that I created! Yes, I’m serious when I say the only full fritter. For some reason the other fritters did not want to stay together, or were too thick, or just too complicated to fry.
But that’s okay, I had a little trick up my sleeves. Welcome to the family, nibblers!
Is it weird to call them nibblers? I’m not really sure what to call them. They’re essentially little fritters that are bite size because they were so much easier to fry than an entire fritter. Super cute and the perfect little bite, too!
Oh, and what’s this? I’m calling this my corn cemetery. I warn you all: Any piece of corn that comes free of a fritter? GET IT OUT IMMEDIATELY! They really like to pop and shoot scalding oil all over the place. No lie: I jumped a few times when I missed catching them before they heated too much.
So I decided to serve these with honey. I was embracing my inner Huckle and thought, why not? Also I just got two new jars of honey I’ve never tried before and was beyond excited to use them, and thought this was the perfect opportunity.
I’d say these were a hit among the family. And with the bite size pieces? My stomach isn’t too mad, either.
Oh! Another fun fact. National Corn Fritter Day is celebrated July 16th. In case you were interested in making them for a special occassion, July 16th can be your day!
Total cost to create Corn Fritters: $1.82
Honestly, I was taken aback at how cheap it was! After looking online, I found that you can buy these for $5.29 from Longhorn Steakhouse. Three pages into google and that was the only price I could find! Would you rather buy it for that much or have the experience of making them yourself? I’d rather have the experience, personally.
Discussion Question of the Day:
The town of Mount Polbearne is full of colorful characters. Who was your favourite and why?
Is it weird for me to choose Neil as my favourite character? I just have such a soft spot for animals, so Neil being the adorable smart and comedic puffin that he was put a smile on my face. He’s such a fantastic character! But let’s keep it to human characters, eh? I would have to say that Mrs. Manse was my favourite of the bunch. From her first appearance I pictured her as a Tim Burton take on Judi Dench. The description of both her and her bakery, along with the little toasties that she made, won’t be leaving my mind for a long while.