Ute McGillivray's Beer Battered Corn Fritters from Outlander book ABOSAA

Ute McGillivray's Beer Battered Corn Fritters

“I’ll go and have a bit of a blether with him, aye?”  Roger touched her back in brief affection.  “He could maybe use a sympathetic ear.”

“That and a stiff drink?”  She nodded toward the house, where Robin McGillivray was visible through the open door, pouring what she assumed to be whisky for a select circle of friends.

“I imagine he will have manage that for himself,” Roger replied dryly.  He left her, making his way around the convivial group by the fire.  He disappeared in the dark, but then she saw the door of the cooper’s shop open, and Roger silhouetted briefly against the glow from within, his tall form blocking the light before vanishing inside.

“Wanna drink, Mama!”  Jemmy was wriggling like a tadpole, trying to get down.  She set him on the ground, and he was off like a shot, nearly upsetting a stout lady with a platter of corn fritters.

A Breath of Snow and Ashes, (Chapter 6 - Ambush)

Ute may be an over protective mother with vicious tendencies, but boy can she also lay a table.

Being German, I imagine she used a lot of beer in the kitchen.  Doesn't happen much around here, but beer gone flat can be used to add rich malty flavour to everything from beef stew to these corn fritters.  We may pour it down the drain, but that would have been sacrilege to dear Ute.

No flat beer around?  No worries!  Crack open a new one, and let's make some fritters!


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08 Oct 2012 - 5:31pm

Jolene Hawkins

Know what I am making tomorrow night.......mmmmm

08 Oct 2012 - 6:14pm

The Mom Chef

Did you just call Ute an old bag?? :) These look amazing. Whenever one of us (usually me) leaves any amount of beer in a bottle, we call it beer abuse. It's good to see that it can serve another purpose. These look delicious.

08 Oct 2012 - 9:01pm

Nadya Muray

A little late for Thanksgiving dinner but they'll do very well with the leftover turkey for tomorrows supper, they look delicious.....


I hope they went down well with the leftover turkey, Nadya!

10 Oct 2012 - 12:58pm


Yum! I'd so love a cookbook of all these recipes...

15 Oct 2012 - 7:37pm

Mindy Reed

Made these today... Loved them Of course!! I fully expected to since I have loved EVERYTHING I have ever made from you!!


Oh, Mindy! Comments like that make me smile from ear to ear. :D

25 Oct 2012 - 2:49am


mmmm this is definitely on my list to try

27 Oct 2012 - 9:21pm


On a whim I took the chicken I was going to make with the fritters for dinner and used the leftover batter, coated it and baked the chicken. It turned out great! I served it with blue cheese dressing on the side.


That's sounds delicious! And totally something Mrs. Bug would have done!

27 Apr 2014 - 5:33pm


Making these later today with a fresh pork picnic. These corn fritters look amazing! Will let you know if I do you proud :)

28 Apr 2014 - 12:18pm


Next morning.... These were truly delicious!! I did add a little extra onion, a pinch of dill, and some garlic powder. I let the batter sit for about a 1/2 hour before frying to let the cornmeal soften. And after frying I sprinkled them with course sea salt and a little parmigiana cheese. It was hard to stop eating them, but I managed to save my dignity and half the fritters. Great recipe! It is going into my 'Favorites'!


I'm so glad you liked them, Lisa! Your additions sound verra nice!

07 Jun 2014 - 12:48pm


As a German I must remark that beer isn't used very often for cooking purposes. We only use it to make "Bierteig" ("beerdough" literally translated) or barbecue marinades. This recipe contains "Bierteig" and I love it! I also love corn! I will definitely give it a shot this weekend. Greetings!

13 Aug 2014 - 7:55am


Ok, I will get some polenta so! Thanks for the reply and for saving me from a cooking disaster. Looking forward to trying these- they look delicious!!

13 Aug 2014 - 7:58am


I have all the ingredients for this except the beer but I'd really like to try making them. Is there something I could substitute for the beer?

18 Aug 2014 - 1:11pm

Merry Miller Moon

Hey Theresa- Just wanted to let you know that the sweet chili sauce recipe link that you have, once you click on it, says she has removed the recipe because it is now in her book. Just wanted to let you know so you can maybe make an update. BUMMER! I was going to make it with these! :)


Merry, that recipe is available in one of my e-cookbooks. The link in the post takes you to Amazon. No update will be forthcoming.

Merry Miller Moon

Theresa-thanks for the update. I don't use e devices. So, will have to find another recipe for that chilli sauce. Thank you.

12 Aug 2014 - 6:07pm


These look delicious. I'm just wondering if 'cornmeal' is the same as cornflour here? (Ireland) Will definitely give them a go!


Corn flour is not the same and will not work. Cornmeal is the same as polenta, which you should be able to find in stores.

23 Aug 2014 - 11:36pm

Dee White

Even though it's miserably hot this August on the west coast of Florida I had to try these. I just had the urge for something different. I rarely fry. They were delicious! Well worth slaving over a hot stove. :) Hubby and I weren't the only ones who loved them. We have some spoiled pet birds-- Indian Ringnecks who beg every time they see us sit down to dinner. I gave them each a small, cooled piece. Didn't hear another squawk out of them the rest of the meal. They were so careful to eat every scrap and not drop a crumb. haha. They rarely get such unhealthy (for birds) treats. We won't talk about the calories for us humans, right?

21 Feb 2016 - 1:07am

Lisa DeGroff

Having no idea what a corn fritter actually is, is it something like a hush puppy in taste and texture?


I've never actually had a hush puppy, but I would assume they're close, based on the ingredient list.


I made these and they are absolutely delicious! Even my husband who never eats corn, gobbled them up and wanted more. No, they don't taste like or look like hush puppies at all. Hush puppies are kind of gritty, and dense, these taste like deep fried corn.

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