Thursday, June 03, 2010

Garden Zucchini Fritters

 When I pulled those two large zucchini from the garden it was exciting. The first zucchini of the year and they were MEGA sized. After I calmed down I realized that they were large. Super large. That massive size left me baffled about what to do with them. At first I was thinking a decent bread would be nice. Then I remembered that I had loads of over ripe bananas and they are in desperate need of becoming a baked good before this MEGA zucchini. I decided that a fritter was the best quick way to use this large amount of zucchini. I began making these fritters when Olivia was a baby. That was 7 years ago! Wow, so long ago. They are an easy quick way to use up zucchini and make for a nice light supper. I pared these with a nice quick summer vegetable soup.

 Garden Zucchini Fritters

1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini, grated.
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons dried Italian herb mix
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Using the large holes of a box grater, grate zucchini into a medium bowl. Add salt, herb mix, and pepper, mix well to combine. Slowly add flour, stirring well. In a smaller bowl whisk together eggs and cheeses.  Add the egg mixture to the zucchini mixing until combined. Add bread crumbs.

Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat until oil sizzles when you drop a small amount of zucchini mixture into the pan. Carefully drop about 2 tablespoons zucchini mixture into pan; repeat, spacing fritters a few inches apart. Cook fritters until golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Turn fritters, and continue cooking until golden, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer fritters to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain; set aside. Cook remaining zucchini mixture, adding more oil to pan if necessary. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt and sliced fresh vegetables. Makes a great appetizer or a nice supper when paired with a cup of soup.

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