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National Fritters Day

Fritters, a popular fried food that can be sweet or savory, are celebrated today. There is some debate on exactly what fritters consist of, but one thing is certain, they are fried, in a pan or in a deep fryer. In fact, their name is derived from the Latin word "frictura," which means "a fry." That word was derived from "frigere," which means "to fry". In general, a fritter has a batter or breading, and usually has fillings such as meat, seafood, vegetables, or fruit, although fillings are not absolutely necessary for it to be considered a fritter.

In the United States, fritters are often made with a batter of eggs and milk, along with cornmeal or wheat flour. Corn fritters, made with whole canned corn, are a popular fritter in the States, as are a fruit variety, apple fritters. Crab cakes and zucchini fritters are also common, and hushpuppies are often considered to be fritters. Even presidents have enjoyed fritters; Grover Cleveland served a parsnip variety at the White House on Thanksgiving. Many other countries have foods that can be considered as fritters. For instance, both the French beignet as well as the Indian pakora may be seen as being a fritter.

How to Observe National Fritters Day

Celebrate the day by eating fritters. Try to make your own. Here are some ideas:

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