Recipe courtesy of Sara Moulton

Cornmeal Cheddar Fritters

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  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: about 2 dozen
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1 cup cornmeal

1 cup grated sharp Cheddar

1/2 cup grated onion

1/4 cup minced red bell pepper

1 teaspoon salt

Cayenne, to taste

3/4 cup boiling water

Vegetable oil for frying

Louisiana-style hot sauce, for example Crystal brand


  1. In a bowl combine cornmeal, Cheddar, onion, bell pepper, salt, and cayenne. Stir in boiling water and mix thoroughly. In a deep heavy pan or deep fryer heat 3 inches of vegetable oil to 350 F. Drop 6 spoonfuls of the batter into the oil and fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer fritters to paper towels to drain. Season with additional salt if desired. Serve warm with hot sauce.;