Perry Santanachote

Thanksgiving Leftover Fritters Recipe

Total Time:  40 minutes
Yield:  32 fritters


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup medium-ground cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups solid leftovers (turkey, stuffing, green beans), chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1-2 quarts vegetable oil, for frying
  • Cranberry sauce and/or gravy, for dipping (optional)


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, black pepper, sugar, and cayenne.
  • In a small bowl, whisk milk and egg until combined; pour into flour mixture. Stir until combined. Add the Thanksgiving leftovers and stir until evenly mixed.
  • Pour oil into a large, heavy-bottomed pot until it's about 3 inches deep. Place over medium-high heat until it reaches 365°F on an oil thermometer. Carefully drop 5 tablespoons of batter into the oil. Fry, turning occasionally, until golden brown all over, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the fritters to a wire rack or paper towels to drain. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve immediately with leftover gravy and cranberry sauce.
Perry Santanachote