Bacon and Grits Fritters

Progresso® panko crispy bread crumbs provide a wonderful addition to these bacon and grits fritters – a tasty appetizer to treat your guests.

  • Prep Time 40 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 40 min
  • Servings 32

Ingredients

4
cups milk
1
teaspoon salt
1
cup uncooked quick-cooking corn grits
1 1/2
cups shredded extra-sharp white Cheddar cheese (6 oz)
1/2
cup crisply cooked, crumbled bacon (about 8 slices)
2
medium green onions, finely chopped (2 tablespoons)
1/2
teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2
eggs
1/4
cup water
3
cups Progresso™ panko crispy bread crumbs
Vegetable oil for deep frying
  • 1 Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. In 2-quart saucepan, heat milk and salt to boiling. Gradually add grits, stirring constantly; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Add cheese, bacon, onions and pepper; stir until cheese is melted. Spoon mixture into pan. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.
  • 2 Shape grits into 1 1/2-inch balls. In small bowl, beat eggs and water with whisk or fork. Place bread crumbs in medium bowl. Dip balls in egg mixture, then roll in bread crumbs.
  • 3 In deep fryer or heavy 3-quart saucepan, heat 3 inches oil over medium-high heat (350°F). Fry fritters, in batches, 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels. Place on metal cooling rack in baking pan and keep warm in 225°F oven up to 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

Prepare recipe as directed through step 2. Place fritters in single layer on cookie sheet. Cover; refrigerate up to 4 hours, or freeze 30 minutes or until firm, and then transfer to freezer plastic bags. Fry as directed, adding 2 to 3 minutes cooking time for frozen fritters to ensure the centers are thoroughly heated.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
150
,
% Daily Value
Total Fat
11g
11%
(Saturated Fat
3g,
3%
),
Sodium
170mg
170%;
Total Carbohydrate
9g
9%
(Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
),
Protein
4g
4%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%;
Vitamin C
0%;
Calcium
0%;
Iron
0%;
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.