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Zucchini Fritters

Adapted from Smitten Kitchen and Simply Recipes.

Makes about 10 fritters

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Ingredients

1 lb (2 medium) zucchini

1 teaspoon kosher salt (or 1/2 teaspoon table salt) plus more to taste

1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped

½ teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped

¾ cup crumbled feta cheese

1 egg

½ cup all purpose flour

½ teaspoon baking powder

Freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil for cooking the fritters

*Optional: ¾ cup panko bread crumbs for coating the fritters before cooking

Instructions

  • Wash the zucchini and trim off the ends. Grate each zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. 
  • (Or you can use the grater blade on a food processor). Place the grated zucchini in a mesh colander set over a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and mix with your hands to distribute the salt. Let sit for at least 20 minutes. (The salt will draw the water out of the zucchini).
  • While the zucchini rests, chop the basil and oregano and mix together with the flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  • Once 20 minutes has passed, wring out the zucchini by squeezing handfuls of it at a time. (This is a fun activity for kids if you have them). You’ll get a lot of water out! Give each handful of zucchini a few really good squeezes.
  • Taste the zucchini to see if it needs more salt and add more if needed. 
  • Add the wrung out zucchini to the flour and herb mixture. Add the egg and crumbled feta along with a few turns of freshly ground pepper and mix gently until combined.
  • Add about 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a frying pan (I used a cast iron pan) over medium high heat. While the pan is heating, form the mixture into small cakes and set aside on a plate. (You can also just drop about a ¼ cup at a time into the heated frying pan if you don’t want to form them into cakes). 
  • Cook on each side until golden brown (3-5 minutes each side). Remove the fritters from the pan and place them on a paper towel lined plate for a few minutes. If you’d like to keep them warm while you finish cooking all the batter, place them on a ¼ sheet pan in a 250F oven. 

Notes

*If you’d like the fritters to be extra crispy, you can coat them with panko bread crumbs just before frying.