Ricotta and Spinach Fritters
Life seems to happen when you least expect it. Two Sundays ago my son and I were on our way to church together with the plan of hitting up the grocery store with a shopping list full of recipe ingredients my family brainstormed that morning to cook up that afternoon and throughout the week (we were inspired the night before while watching Masterchef). Within the hour instead of to the grocery store, I was turned around and driving like lightning to the town I grew up in to see my grandfather in the ICU who took a turn after being admitted into the hospital for pneumonia two days before. I can’t even begin to tell you the heaviness I felt in my chest as I took that drive.
After a long, emotional roller coaster week, I am so thankful and happy to say that my sweet grandpa is on the mend. He is still in the hospital, and the road to recovery is still in front of him, but he is well on his way, thank God. He is a strong as an ox man that “can’t wait to get home and cook again” (his words yesterday). We can’t wait either.
It only felt right to share with you today a recipe for Ricotta and Spinach Fritters that my mom and grandparents have always made for us over the years. The last time I was home to visit, my mom had a plate of these “fritelli” (though made with swiss chard from the garden) sitting on the counter and my daughter and I pretty much polished off the entire plate during our visit. Growing up, it was not uncommon to have a plate of these out most afternoons for snacking. They are even delicious cold and straight out of the fridge. They are reminiscent of these summer squash and zucchini fritters that we also love and make often, but with the addition of some rich and creamy ricotta.
Ricotta and Spinach Fritters
- 2 cups ricotta (I used part skim)
- 3 eggs, lightly whisked
- 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 cup Panko
- 2 cups fresh spinach, sliced thin
- a couple of good pinches of salt and pepper
- 6-8 tablespoons olive oil, divided, for frying (use more or less based on your preference)
- Add ricotta, eggs, Parmesan cheese, panko, salt and pepper to a large bowl. Stir gently until just combined. Fold spinach into mixture.
- Drizzle about a tablespoon or two of olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and spread around. Scoop a heaping tablespoon of ricotta and spinach mixture into hot oil and gently push down with spoon to spread and flatten just a bit, this helps them all cook up evenly. Repeat with as many spoonfuls as fit in your pan (I made 5 - 6 per batch).
- Cook for about 2 minutes on first side until golden brown. Flip and continue to cook another 2 minutes until other side browns as well. Serve warm, room temperature or cold out of the refrigerator as a snack.
The best way to test if fritters are seasoned well is to make a small "test" fritter first. I usually have to do this and add more salt and pepper after a small taste.
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These look amazing and I love the last photo. So cute!
Oh that’s scary, so glad your grandfather is doing better! I love these fritters, they just scream summer 🙂
I HATE those phone calls to let you know that something is wrong. So happy that he is doing better in the hospital.
So very glad to hear your grandpa is doing fine…phew!
Your little gal is so sweet..want to squeezer her!
I’m so glad hes doing well! Ugh…scary. These sound SO good. I have (obviously) book marked them!
So happy to hear your grandpa is on the mend. Be surrounded with lots of love will do that:). As for the fritters… they look so good. Definitely want to give these a try.
So glad to hear you grandpa is doing better xoxo & These fritelli are total comfort food perfect for snacking!
Been praying for you, Aggie. Thanks for sharing with us, and I love the pic of your sweet girl!
How good do these look? Love them!
I’m so glad to hear your grandpa is on the mend, and that he just wants to get back to cooking, love that! These fritters look awesome. And what a sweet, sweet girl!
Oh I’m so glad he is doing better!! I’ve been thinking about you and your family nonstop. Can’t wait to finally make these fritters you talk about so much!!
I’m so happy that your grandfather is healing and I’m SO excited to see this recipe! My mouth has been watering for these since I saw your picture on Instagram!
I am so glad your Grandfather is on the mend Aggie -how scary that must have been!
Glad to hear your grandfather is on the road to recovery. Those fritters look great.
These look so easy and yummy, Aggie! What a great treat for anytime of day. Your little girl is a cute pie!
Wow, these look delicious! I think I’m going to give them a go with almond flour… can’t wait to try this out! Awesome pictures by the way!
I’m so happy that your grandfather is on the mend. It must have been a scare. Thanks for sharing this fritters recipe. It looks gorgeous, and I’m making it soon.
These look fabulous and will go in my list of “try something new.” So glad your grandfather is on the mend! Cheers to you and your whole family:)))
These look delicious, Aggie! And I’m so glad your grandpa is on the mend. Health scares are frightening, especially with the elderly.
So glad your grandfather is getting better! And your daughter is adorable! These fritters are the kind of food I could eat about a million of 🙂
I am so happy that he is doing better. Those are the worst kinds of calls to get.
These fritters sound sooo good!
These fritters look great Aggie ~ and your kiddo is adorable!
Aggie: I am so glad to hear your grandfather is doing better. What a relief. Your recipe looks awesome! I could eat those cakes all day. Now that my husband is a vegetarian, I will definitely give them a try!
Glad your Grandpa is on the mend. Fritters always make me think of my great-grandma who made tater fritters with sage. So good.
I could go for a big plate of these right now. Glad to hear your grandfather is recovering well, Aggie!
So scary about your grandpa. I’m so glad to hear he’s on the mend.
These look amazing, wow! On my to try list!
Glad that your grandfather is improving! And these fritters look divine!
Glad to hear your Grandfather is doing better. These cakes look wonderful and can cheer anyone up. My son would love these.
So happy to hear your Grandfather is doing better! These fritters looks absolutely delicious! Love the idea of swapping chard for spinach.
My dear Aggie, Thank you so much for the recipe!!. I will make them tonight. All my love for you and my prayers for your Grandfather and his recovery. Keeping you always in my heart!!!
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How scary for you and your family–I’m glad you’ve got more time with your grandpa, Aggie.
These fritters look delicious and I look forward to trying them out on my kids. Zucchini pancakes (no ricotta) are not a hit, but these are different enough that they could be. Thanks!
Glad your Grandpa is doing better and I hope he continues to improve! These fritters look right up my alley–like potato pancakes. Yum!
I can’t wait to try these! They look amazing.
Oh wow, I need to make these as soon as possible! They look so tasty 🙂
Sending continued healing prayers to your grandfather! So now we have to add to OUR grocery list so I can tempt someone else!! Can’t wait to pass on any traditions with recipes to our grandson too!! He will be the great taste tester…..at only 8 monts, he is “eyeing” what’s on OUR plates these days! ruh roh!! He’s a hungry boy!!
that’s wonderful Susan…the younger they are the better!! Hope all is well with you all xoxo
These look delicious, I’m making them tonight. Just wondering how many fritters this recipe makes? Thanks!
I believe they make around 10-12 depending on how big you make them. Curious how many turned out for you and if you enjoyed them? Thanks!! 🙂
How many fritters can you eat in one serving? What are the calories for them?
What can I sub for Parmesan cheese? Or can I just leave it out?
You could probably leave it out though it does add some nice salty cheesy flavor. Do you like feta cheese, or maybe mozzarella?