Saturday, July 5, 2014

RECIPE: Zucchini Fritters

Difficulty Level: Easy
Great for kids!

Time: 35 min. (including standing time for grated zucchini)
Servings: 4

Ingredients for Fritters:

1 1/2 lb. zucchini (about 3 medium), grated
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
1 large egg
1/4 c. all purpose flour
3 Tbs. finely chopped fresh chives
1 Tbs. cornstarch
1/3 c. vegetable oil

Ingredients for Dipping Sauce (optional):

3 Tbs. unseasoned rice vinegar
1 Tbs. reduced sodium soy sauce
1 1/2 tsp. sugar
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes

Instructions for Fritters:

1. Place grated zucchini in a colander in the sink and toss with 1/2 tsp. of salt. Let stand for 10 minutes.
2. Squeeze out as much liquid from the zucchini as possible with your hands; consider wrapping zucchini in cheesecloth to wring out any excess liquid.
3. Place zucchini in a large bowl and gently mix in egg, flour, chives, and cornstarch; season with salt & pepper.
4. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Working in two batches, drop 1/4 cupfuls of zucchini mixture into the skillet, flattening each one slightly.
5. Cook until golden and crisp, about 3 minutes per side.
6. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate; season with salt. (Fritters can be made 30 minutes ahead & kept warm in a 200 degree oven.)

Instructions for Soy Dipping Sauce (optional)

1. Mix vinegar, soy sauce, sugar and red pepper flakes in a small bowl until sugar is dissolved.

Serve zucchini fritters with soy dipping sauce or other favorite sauce, dressing or condiment of your choice.

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