Chowhound Presents: Table Talk with Chef Zachary Golper of Bien Cuit | Answers Are In! ›

General Discussion

Chicago Area

"Chicago fritters" - whatever were they in 1917?

Share:

More from General Discussion

General Discussion Chicago Area

"Chicago fritters" - whatever were they in 1917?

h
Harters | | Apr 2, 2013 09:05 AM

I am currently researching food during the Great War and have come across a reference to "Chicago fritters". The letter home is written by a British soldier who is cooking for his battalion's officers. He serves these up between the soup and the main course stew.

Google turns up no mention of them but I wonder if anyone might have a clue what they were. Knowing the city's historical link with meatpacking, etc, my assumption is that this is something meaty. A possible early name for a burger patty? Of course, it may just be a name that Private Burke gave to a dish he'd created.

Your help would be appreciated.

Feedback