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19 Crispy, Scraggly Fritters (or Are They Pancakes?) to Make Now

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We talk a lot about the dizzying swirl of terms that names baked fruit desserts (buckle! cobbler! crips! grunt! schlumpf! pandowdy!). But what about the line—a thin one, I think—between pancakes and fritters?

Somewhere between griddled and fried, or battered, dough-wrapped, and sugared, or formed from grated ribbons or last night's leftovers (a wonderful kind of fritter indeed), lies a crisp, not-too-over-the-top, often-scraggly.... thing.

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And we want to eat them at every occasion. Here are 18 to start with:

Corn

Corn Fritters with Cheddar and Scallions

Corn Fritters with Cheddar and Scallions by Alexandra Stafford

Sweet Corn Fritters with Sriracha-Lime Greek Yogurt

Sweet Corn Fritters with Sriracha-Lime Greek Yogurt by Carey Nershi

Zucchini

Middle Eastern Zucchini Fritters
Middle Eastern Zucchini Fritters
Waffled Zucchini-Parmesan Fritters

Waffled Zucchini-Parmesan Fritters by Nicholas Day

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes by dagny

Roman Zucchini Fritters with Parmigiano Cheese
Roman Zucchini Fritters with Parmigiano Cheese

Potatoes and Roots

Mashed Potato Cakes with Broccoli and Cheese
Mashed Potato Cakes with Broccoli and Cheese
Beet and Carrot Fritters with Dill and Yogurt Sauce

Beet and Carrot Fritters with Dill and Yogurt Sauce by Food52

Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives

Golden Panko Latkes with Sour Cream and Chives by micki barzilay

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt

Maple Sweet Potato Cakes with Curried Greek Yogurt by foxeslovelemons

Persimmon Latkes

Persimmon Latkes by QueenSashy

Scallion Potato Pancakes with Vinegar Cream
Scallion Potato Pancakes with Vinegar Cream

Mixed Bag!

Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney)

Mulaku Bajji (Jalapeño Fritters with Mint Chutney) by Aysha | The Malabar Tea Room

How to Tempura Anything

How to Tempura Anything by Caroline Lange

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Sweet Fritters

Apple Fritters (Frittelle di Mele)

Apple Fritters (Frittelle di Mele) by Emiko

Tuscan Rice Fritters (Frittelle di Riso)

Tuscan Rice Fritters (Frittelle di Riso) by Emiko

Ricotta Fritters (Castagnole di Ricotta)

Ricotta Fritters (Castagnole di Ricotta) by Emiko

Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters by Erin McDowell

Share your tips for the perfect fritter—or just tell us about your favorite fried bite—in the comments below.

Tags: fritters, pancakes