Mouthwatering Sweet and Savory Fritters!

As if I wasn’t frying enough this week, what with the latkes and all, today is National Fritters Day! Seriously, as if you need an excuse to dip your favorite foods in egg and flour, and fry them up all crispy and golden.

I certainly don’t, and love all kinds of fritters – from sweet to savory, at breakfast, for a snack, or as a side dish with dinner. I’ve rounded up some truly creative recipes that are just begging you to roll up your sleeves and break out that frying pan!

  • Sweet and Savory Fritters! 1 of 16

    Fritters are a special treat any time of day — and these scrumptious recipes will get you on your way!

  • Banana Corn Fritters 2 of 16

    A creative use for those inevitable overripe bananas! Let the kids peel and mash the fruit while you measure out the remaining ingredients, and serve up a warm and delicious twist on same-old pancakes!

    Read how on Spoonful

  • Falafel 3 of 16

    Falafel - or spicy chick pea fritters - are a classic Middle Eastern dish. These are as delicious hot out of the pan as they are tucked into a pita for a tasty lunchtime sandwich!

    Read how on Spoonful

  • Apple Fritters with Spiced Syrup 4 of 16

    Apple fritters get a spiced "kick," courtesy of a roll in cinnamon-sugar and a drizzling of cinnamon-spiked syrup.

    Read how on Spoonful

  • Potato-Cheddar Fritters 5 of 16

    Love this clever use of leftover mashed potatoes! Mixed with grated cheddar and coated in a cornflake crumb crust, I can't imagine these being anything less than delicious!

    Read how on Spoonful

  • Pear Fritters 6 of 16

    Talk about win-win! These yummy pear fritters are a cross between a cinnamon roll and a carnival funnel cake. I can see these as easily at a Sunday brunch as I can for dessert after a special dinner.

    Read how on Spoonful

  • Blueberry Fritters 7 of 16

    Blueberry pancakes? So yesterday. Try these with fresh or frozen berries and you'll be hooked too. The secret to the light and fluffy batter? Beaten egg whites...

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Bitter Side of Sweet

  • Bimuelos 8 of 16

    Traditionally served during Passover, these matzoh fritters would make for a delectable treat any time of year! Love the sweet-savory combination of freshly grated parmesan in the bimuelos, paired with the vanilla bean "dipping" syrup. Yum.

    Image and recipe courtesy of The Little Ferraro Kitchen

  • Creole Corn Fritters 9 of 16

    Fresh or frozen corn, chopped bell peppers, and Creole seasoning come together in these quick and easy savory fritters that will fly off the table!

    Image and recipe courtesy of What's Cookin' Chicago

  • Apple Fritters 10 of 16

    Chunks of tart Granny Smith apple provide a nice balance to these sweet fritters. Their petite size means that they fry up in about a minute, so you can whip these up any time!

    Read how on Babble

  • Apple (or Pear) Fritters 11 of 16

    Thick slices of fresh apples or pears get a dip in batter and a quick fry — you can prepare this snack in a flash for a delightful twist on traditional doughnuts!

    Read how on Babble

  • Gluten-Free Apple Fritters 12 of 16

    Eating gluten-free? You don't have to deny yourself these luscious apple fritters! Made with a blend of rice and potato flours, these wheat-free snacks are all yours!

    Read how on Babble

  • Maple Apple Corn Fritters 13 of 16

    Love corn dogs? Then you will love these fritters, made from apple slices dipped in a cornmeal and maple syrup batter!

    Read how on Babble

  • Gluten-Free Cauliflower Fritters 14 of 16

    A perfect appetizer or meatless meal, these gluten-free fritters are lightly spicy and full of flavor, thanks to curry and cumin seeds.

    Image and recipe courtesy of Fuss Free Cooking

  • Sweet Potato Corn Fritters 15 of 16

    Sweet potato fries meet hush puppies meet cheddar poppers? Yes, please!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Running to the Kitchen

  • Shrimp and Coconut Fritters 16 of 16

    In this gluten-free take on coconut shrimp, half the shrimp is pureed to help bind the rest of the ingredients together in lieu of flour. A squeeze of fresh lime is the only accompaniment these mouthwatering appetizers need!

    Image and recipe courtesy of Seasonal and Savory

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