If you are like me, you’ve probably come close to your fill of zucchini and summer squash for the season. As soon as we seem to get our pile down to manageable levels, like manna from heaven, more appear, descending upon our doorsteps- and lately, baffling, on the passenger seat of my car.
I have been doing my best around here to tuck it into soups, shave it into salads, and basically just get through it any way I can think of. Most of the time we prepare it very simply- tossed with olive oil balsamic, salt and pepper and grilled- and if in the mood, I’ll sprinkle a little za’atar spice on it to mix it up a bit. But how how many days in a row can you have grilled zucchini?
Crispy and flavorful, these fritters whip up fast and are my husbands’s favorite way to eat zucchini. Anything made into a fritter, seems to be a big hit around here. Even our dog Maxx loves these little guys. Yes, I confess we often do feed our dog people food. I know it’s ridiculous, but we do. That being said, Maxx, the pickiest eater in the house, goes a little bonkers for these. And today as I made and photographed them, he was right there beside me, hovering, not begging, he doesn’t beg – but with a look that said, “You know you want to give me one of those- don’t you?” and of course I do.
Make sure to rinse all the salt out, otherwise they may be too salty – by placing in a strainer and holding under the faucet for a 30 seconds, mixing a bit, and then once rinsed well, press as much of the rest of the water out. Blot with paper towels. Get them dry.
Fresh scallions and fresh dill give the fritters good flavor.
Mix in the rest of the ingredients and you will end up with a dryer “batter”, which will be full of good zucchini flavor and texture, and not taste too eggy.
Then place the fritters on a parchment lined sheet pan or on a wire rack and to finish cooking all the way through in the oven- without letting them get too dark on the outside.
Make your Tzatziki. If you are swimming in Zucchini, Tzatziki can also be made with zucchini instead of the traditional English cucumber.
Tzatziki, a Greek style yogurt sauce is a really refreshing and cool topping for the crispy warm fritters.
Pull the fritters out of the oven and serve warm. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge and reheated, uncovered in a toaster oven and surprisingly will get crispy again. Every time I make zucchini fritters, I often wish I would have made a double batch. They tend to go very quickly.
Plop a dollop of tzatziki on top- and serve with a salad. This can be a light dinner, or hearty lunch.
Or, to serve as a fun appetizer, make much smaller fritters ( 1 1/2 inch in diameter) and top with tzatziki and a fresh sprig of dill -and pierce a mini fork down through the top, for the perfect appetizer bite.
Makes twelve – two inch fritters
- 1 1/2 lbs small summer squash ( about 3-4 zucchini, patty pan, or yellow crook necks)
- 1/2 C chopped scallions
- 1/3 C chopped fresh dill
- 2 tsp salt -plus1/4 tsp
- 1/2 C crumbled feta
- 1 egg
- 1/2 C all purpose flour (or rice flour)
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp fresh nutmeg
Preheat oven to 350F
Place back in a med bowl, adding dill, scallions, feta, nutmeg, 1/4 tsp salt, cracked pepper and one egg. Mix well.
In a separate bowl mix flour and baking soda together. Add flour mixture to zucchini, incorporating all. These will be a fairly dry batter.
In a heavy bottom skillet, heat 1-2 T olive oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, drop ping-pong sized balls of the batter. Brown each side until golden about 3 minutes each side, and place in a warm oven- either on a wire rack or on parchment lined sheet pan.
Make in batches, letting fritters finish at lease 10 minutes in the oven. Serve with a dollop of Tzatziki.
- 1 C Greek whole milk yogurt
- 1 C English cucumber finely diced ( or zucchini)
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1 T fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 T chopped fresh dill or mint
- 1/4 tsp Kosher salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
In a medium bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Chill.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 12 fritters