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The other night, a friend of mine we shall call Long John (or LJ for short) came over for Pirate Night! Arrrrgh! (This explains why there is rum in many of the pictures in this post! *grin*) He provided the movie “Long John Silver’s Return to Treasure Island”, 1955 as well as the ingredients to make Southern Corn Fritters!
I have to say…what a cheesy movie! Don’t watch it without crackers! Robert Newton was melodramatic and oozed arrrrgh-ness! It was pretty impressive how often he was able to emphasize the whites of his eyes over an hour and a half!
I’m not criticizing *grin* We had a lot of fun, but it was definite Cheeze! Good cheese, like a yummy grilled cheese!
Anyway, moving on to the yummy fritter creation! They were incredibly easy and quick … barely 30 minutes to make them!
First, you put all the ingredients into a bowl and mix them up. Pretty straightforward, yes?
While you’re mixing, you can have the oil heating on the stove. The original recipe called for 2 to 3 CUPS of oil! We definitely didn’t need that much. We used a frying pan and poured enough oil to have it about 1/2 inch deep. Just enough to *almost* cover the fritters.
LJ showed me an easy way to test the oil and see whether it is ready for frying or not. He dipped a wooden spoon into the oil, touched the bottom of the frying pan lightly and held it there. We saw little bubbles in the oil around the submerged tip of the spoon and he said that meant the oil was hot enough. I love learning shortcuts and cooking tricks!
So, oil ready, we dropped in globs from the bowl…probably about golf ball sized.
They spread out slightly on their own as they cook. Ours ended up about 3/4 inch thick. Cook them until golden brown.
We lined a plate with paper towel to soak up some of the excess grease.
The fritters were absolutely delicious! We tried dipping them in all sorts of things: bbq sauces, mustard, some other unidentified sauces in my fridge *grin*. We didn’t finish them all and LJ told me to put them in the fridge and eat them the next morning with some jam.
I did. YUM!
I wouldn’t eat these all the time due to the deep-frying factor…but they are yummy and easy to make. The type of snacks that I would make for a group of friends or a Pirate Night!!!
- Vegetable oil for frying (enough for 1/2 to 3/4 inch deep in a fry pan, plus a little extra in case you need to add)
- 1 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1 egg, slightly beaten
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 tbsp shortening
- 1 can corn, drained
1) Heat oil in fry pan
2) Mix all ingredients together in a bowl
3) Using a spoon, place dollops of the mixture in the hot oil. Size: Approx golf ball sized
4) Cook until both sides are golden brown.
These are delicious as a snack or side to a meal! They’re also awesome the next morning with some jam!