Tuesday, July 15, 2014

“Mama’s Corn Fritters” & “Italian Baked Tomatoes” For Wordless Tuesday

Welcome to “Wordless Tuesday!” Where there is just one or two mouthwatering recipes which I know you have been waiting to try……..

Today I have two recipes…the first one is my mother’s “Mama's Corn Fritters.” So in honor of “National Corn Fritter Day” which happens to be tomorrow July 16th, I am sharing her recipe. Traditional corn fritters are a mixture of corn kernels, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter. They can be deep fried, shallow fried, or baked and served with jam, fruit, honey, or cream. They may also be made with creamed corn, baked, and served with maple syrup.

“Mama’s Corn Fritters”

2 Cups of corn (1 Can ) (creamed corn)
1 Tsp salt
1/8 Teaspoon pepper
1 egg
1 Tsp melted unsalted butter
1/2 cup of milk
2 cups of flour
1 Tsp baking powder
Small amount of cooking oil

Add to corn -salt, pepper and well beaten egg. Then add butter, milk, baking powder, and flour. Mix together. (will be lumpy) Fry in skillet with oil. Drain on paper towels. You can put syrup on top or powdered sugar. (optional)

Yields:  About 12-15 corn fritters.


The second recipe is my mother’s “Italian Baked Tomatoes.” These plump, round tomatoes are filled with a stuffing of bread crumbs, garlic, cheese, and basil. They are not only delicious but they go very nicely as a side dish along with the Corn Fritters.

“Italian Baked Tomatoes”

6 medium tomatoes (soft ones are better)
2 cups of plain dry bread crumbs 

1/3 cup of Pecorino Romano Grated Cheese
3 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons of dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons (plus) olive oil 

Pre-heat oven to 350°F. Use a baking pan and spray with Pam or coat with olive oil so tomatoes will not stick, then set aside. Cut tomatoes after washing, in half diagonally. Then squeeze out the juice and the seeds, and place in baking pan cut side up. Mix the bread crumbs with the basil, minced garlic, grated cheese, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add some olive oil and mix with hands. When it feels like a sandy consistency then you are ready to fill. If you need more oil, put in a small amount each time until you get the right consistency. Now take your tomato and top each one with your bread crumb mixture, gently filling them. Sprinkle with a small amount of oil evenly on top of each tomato half. Bake, about 30 minutes uncovered, until tomatoes are cooked, (soft) and mixture is golden brown and crispy. Remove from oven and let sit before serving. Yield: 12 halves 

Till Next Time………….

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  1. Hi Dottie!
    You sure are making me hungry with all this deliciousness. I can not wait for my garden tomatoes to ripen. I love them stuffed with tuna, egg salad and yes even the way your "Mama" makes them too. I may spend the rest of the Summer just eating stuffed tomatoes! (and a few grape tomatoes here and there:)

    Sweet Corn has just started showing up at the roadside stands. I bet those corn fritters of your "Mama's" would be delicious with fresh corn too!!!

    Thank you so much for sharing, Dottie...

    1. Good afternoon Louise, So glad that you were able to stop over and leave a kind comment. I was just telling Nee that we had really bad thunderstorm with, lightening and flash flooding. Glad that is over now, You are lucky that you have them growing in that beautiful garden you have. I also have had them stuffed with tuna, egg salad, and even cooked with chopped meat. There is nothing like a sweet tomato, I love them and could eat them like an apple. I agree, Louise the corn is coming up all over now. You can make them with the fresh corn as well, yummmy!!!! Have a great rest of the week, talk to you soon...Dottie :)

  2. Hi Dottie ,
    Like Louise , I'm in the mood for corn fritters , it's so many different things you can add to them and we also have them for breakfast . Corn is plentiful at the Farmers Market now , I also mix some crispy fried bacon in them sometime for a different taste .

    Dottie , the ingredients in the stuff tomatoes sounds so delicious , never stuffed them that way , only with meat , lots of garlic , onion , spices and herbs . I know my family will love these and my tomatoes is plentiful , so dear Dottie thanks for my dinner dish tomorrow . Thanks for sharing and have a blessed evening ;-D ~~Nee~~

    1. Good afternoon Nee, Just had a really bad thunderstorm. I was afraid to go on the PC. Thank goodness we didn't loose power. I hate those types of storms....But all is ok now. Thanks for stopping by and your comment!..It just feels like that kinda day to make these little round goodies. Breakfast is a great time to have them, we never did that years ago..We always have them as a side dish. I love the idea of the bacon in it. I will have to try that the next time I make them. The tomatoes are so good, you never would think so with that stuffing mix. The breadcrumb stuffing is the same as I use for stuffing mushrooms except I use parsley for the mushrooms. The basil goes better with the tomatoes. The trick is not to fill them tightly, then all your eating is the stuffing. Just enough to fill them. I hope that you enjoy, with your family, have a blessed rest of the week. Dottie :)

  3. I have never made corn fritters they look dangerously addictive! I would love to try making these for my children. I think they would love them.
    And stuffed tomatoes are always welcome. I am looking forward to go to my parents in Italy (soon!) and having their gorgeous fresh tomatoes. My dad never uses pesticides and his tomatoes taste amazing. I love being creative with them and do many different things. I love them in salads or baked just like you have done.
    Hope you are having a good week Dottie :-)

    1. Dear Alida, Thanks for stopping in....I agree, these fritters are very addictive. They taste like pancakes, but with the corn in them. So simple and the kids will love them, I am sure. How wonderful to go back home and not only visit your parents, but to enjoy the fruits of their labor. I love fresh ripe tomatoes. Like an apple, I could eat them. Also love them in a sandwich sliced, thinly, with salt, pepper and a little mayonnaise. Unbelievable!! Yes, you can do so many tasty things with tomatoes...I hope that you enjoy your families tomatoes as well as your visit. Yes, my week so far is going well, and yours too! Dottie :)

  4. I love any and all fritters, but corn fritters are close to the top of the list. And yours look terrific! Love these, and also the tomatoes. We'll have a ton soon (assuming we can keep the squirrels away!), so I'll definitely be making this. With the corn fritters. ;-)

    1. Hi John,
      Thanks for your visit. I agree with you corn fritters are at the top of the list. That is great that you are growing tomatoes. Hope that the squirrels stay away...Do try the Baked Tomatoes, you will love them...Hope that you have a good rest of the week...
      Enjoy! Dottie :)

  5. Dear Dottie,
    It is nice to be back and visiting with you. Thank you for your visits and warm encouragement. You are wonderful and it really means so much to me.
    I suppose we were on the same trend of thought, I made corn fritters this evening!
    Your version sounds very delicious.

    I do love stuffed tomatoes and have not had them in a long while. They are great in summer with a nice side salad.
    blessings dear. Catherine xo

    1. Dear Catherine,
      Welcome back and I am so glad that you stopped over. I am so impressed that I am an encouragement to you, I feel that same way about you and Tammy. Wow, we must have been thinking alike for sure. I love corn fritters, we grew up with my mom making them as a comfort food. The stuffed tomatoes are always a crowd pleaser. Everyone loves them and this is the season for tomatoes. I especially love it when the breadcrumbs have that crispy top to them. Yummy! So nice to see your kind comment. Have a blessed rest of the week...
      Dottie :) xx