Corn Fritters with Sweet Tart Jam

Southern Cooking Holiday Appetizer Recipes

Posted by Sharon

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These fritters bring a little Southern delight to your Christmas dinner table. Use them as an appetizer before the big meal.  They are sure to be a hit, so you might want to make a double batch.


  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion, halved and sliced
  • 2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 C apple jelly
  • 1/3 C canned tomatoes, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1/8 tsp. of curry powder
  • 1/8 tsp. of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, divided
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 2 C baking mix
  • 1 (11 oz.) can yellow and white corn, drained well
  • 2 eggs, beaten lightly
  • 1/2 C milk
  • 1/2 C sour cream


Pour the olive oil into a skillet and place the skillet over medium heat. Mix the onions in with the olive oil and saute for 5 minutes or until golden brown. Pour the vinegar into the skillet and cook 2 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove the skillet from the stove and set aside.

In a saucepan, mix the jelly, tomatoes, and tomato paste. Add in the curry powder, cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. of salt, and pepper, and blend well. Place the pan over medium heat and heat the mixture for 5 minutes. Stir in the onion mixture and cook an additional 3 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat, but keep the jam warm.

Place the baking mix and corn into a mixing bowl. Add the eggs, milk, sour cream, and remaining salt, and mix until well combined.

Heat the oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees. Drop the batter mixture by tablespoonful into the hot oil. Fry 1-1/2 minutes, then flip. Fry an additional 1 minute or until crispy brown. Remove the fritters and drain on paper towel. Serve with the warm jam. Makes 2 dozen fritters and 1 cup of jam.

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