Italian Ricotta Chestnut Fritters

This is a traditional Italian recipe. These fritters are a wonderful side dish at brunch with bacon or ham. They’re easier to make than home fries.

Serves: 4Hands-on: 15 minutesTotal: 1 hour 15 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • ½ cup chestnut flour
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • 6 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp. confectioners sugar


  • Beat the eggs and sugar until thick. Slowly add the rest of the ingredients except the vegetable oil and the powdered sugar. Cover the bowl and let stand for 1 hour.
  • Heat 2" of oil in a deep pan over medium-high heat to 375°F. Drop the fritters by tablespoonfuls into the oil. Do not overfill the pot. Fry for about 2 minutes, turning as they brown.
  • Drain on brown paper or paper towels and dust with powdered sugar.