Clam and Bacon Fritters
Clam and Bacon Fritters are a delicious and easy-to-make snack or appetizer. The combination of salty bacon, sweet clams, and the crunch of cornmeal makes for a unique and flavorful fritter. The fritters are easy to make and can be served as a side dish or a main course. They are also a great way to use up leftover clams and bacon. Adding spices and herbs adds extra flavour and makes them even more delicious.
Ease of preparation
Clam and Bacon Fritters are easy to make and require minimal ingredients. All you need is fresh or canned clams, bacon, flour, cornmeal, and spices. The fritters are then fried in vegetable oil until golden brown. The process takes less than 30 minutes and makes a delicious snack or appetizer.
Clam and Bacon Fritters are a great source of protein and are low in fat and carbohydrates. One serving of Clam and Bacon Fritters contains approximately 140 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 11 grams of protein. It also contains 1 gram of fibre and 1 gram of sugar.
-1 lb. fresh clams, chopped
-1/2 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
-1/2 cup all-purpose flour
-1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
-1 teaspoon baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
-1/2 teaspoon onion powder
-1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-1/4 teaspoon sea salt
-1/4 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 cup whole milk
-2 large eggs
-2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
-Vegetable oil for frying
-Lemon wedges for serving
To make Clam and Bacon Fritters, combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and black pepper in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk and eggs until combined. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Add the chopped clams and crumbled bacon, and mix until everything is evenly distributed.
Heat about one inch of vegetable oil in a large skillet or deep-fryer over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, drop spoonfuls of the batter into the oil and fry until golden brown, about two minutes per side. Once the fritters are cooked, transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil. Serve with lemon wedges.
For best results, use fresh clams and bacon. If using canned clams, drain and rinse them before adding them to the batter. Add a teaspoon of your favourite herbs or spices to the batter for extra flavour.
Clam and Bacon Fritters are savoury and flavorful. The crunch of the cornmeal, spices, and herbs balances the combination of the salty bacon and sweet clams. The fritters have a light and fluffy texture and will surely be a hit with everyone.
Best dishes paired with
Clam and Bacon Fritters are best served with tartar sauce or mayonnaise. They are also delicious and served with coleslaw or a salad. For a heartier meal, serve the fritters with a side of roasted potatoes or french fries.
Origin of dish and history
Clam and Bacon Fritters are believed to have originated in England in the early 19th century. Combining clams, bacon, and cornmeal was a popular way to use leftovers and a common dish in pubs and taverns. The dish eventually made its way to the United States and is now a popular appetizer or snack.
If you want a different twist on Clam and Bacon Fritters, add other ingredients, such as chopped onions, peppers, or garlic. You can also try substituting the bacon for cooked sausage or ham. For a more healthy alternative, try using a combination of whole wheat flour and cornmeal.