Thursday, September 20, 2012

Zucchini Fritters Two Ways

This year, our garden was really prolific. We had zucchini coming out of our ears! I've already grated eight large ones and quartered six, and stored them in freezer bags for Winter use.  I've cooked eight, and have five on my kitchen counter. There are still a few that need to get picked tomorrow. With so many zucchinis, I've had to come up with many different ways to cook them. Now, this is not an issue since my absolute favourite vegetable just happens to be the zuke. Lucky for me, Little One loves zucchini too!

One of the recipes I came up with today was a zucchini fritter.  I was inspired by a former roommate's dad's amazing latkes. When I lived in Toronto, my friend Dee used to invite me to her family's Seder dinners. Dee's dad makes the best latkes on the planet! I am not kidding! I absolutely loved going to his house for Seder dinners! Mmmm! Latkes, Matzo ball soup, and Gefilte fish! Love, love, love!

How Dee's dad makes the most amazing latkes on the planet, will always remain a mystery to me.
Anyway, instead of making potato latkes, I decided to make use of the zucchini I have on hand.  I'm not sure if this recipe already exists, and I didn't have time to scour the internet to find out.

Chrissy's Zucchini Fritters {Recipe 1}
1 zucchini, grated
1 onion, grated
1 carrot, grated
2 eggs
flour (a few Tablespoons? I didn't measure!)
pinch of salt & black pepper
oil to cook fritters in

Step 1 - Get your not even 4 year old to grate the zucchini, onion, and carrot for you.  Don't worry, it's not child labour. She wants to be helpful  Of course, always supervise children and never leave them unattended/on their own. Graters can be dangerous if not careful with them...Yes, even for some adults.
Note the strategically placed Iron Kids Gummy Vitamins? No, they did not get added into the fritter mixture. I actually have no idea why my daughter insisted that they be in the photo.
 Oh, also note the strategically placed Mabel's Labels in my child's hair?  Yeah. Mommy's not impressed.

Step 2 - Get not even 4 year old child to mix the grated vegetables, flour, eggs, s & p together until well combined.

Step 3 - In a heated skillet/pan, add oil for cooking.  Drop mixture onto hot pan by the tablespoon. You can flatten them a little so they're not too thick. Cook as though you are cooking mini pancakes.  You'll know they're ready when they're golden and lacy.
 I served the zucchini fritters with a roast, potatoes, and a garden salad. Everything we ate was from our farm, including our Manitoulin Beef.  I'm married to a beef farmer.  We're proud supporters of Canadian Beef.
Chrissy's Zucchini Fritters {Recipe 2}
This is actually the way I normally make my zuke fritters. As a habit, I don't normally fry any of our food. As Hubby! I made him get rid of his deep fryer when we got married!  However, every once in a blue moon, I feel like having some of these!

zucchini, sliced into rounds
1 egg
flour for dredging
s & p
oil for cooking

Step 1 - Slice zucchini into rounds.
Step 2- In a bowl, beat egg. In a separate bowl, add flour, salt and pepper.
Step 3- Dip zucchini rounds into egg and dredge them in flour mixture.
Step 4- In heated pan with oil, cook until your fritters are golden. Enjoy!

Wait! There's more!

I'm not the only one up to my eyeballs in zucchini! My lovely friend, OrangeHeroMama shared her super moist and delicious
Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
We made them, and they were delish!  Visit OrangeHeroMama here for her recipe!

They are "super yummy", according to Little One!

Got any fave zuke recipes? Please share!


BusyMamma said...

Yummy!! I love zucchini muffins from Mealleaniyum ( my fave cook book)

Anonymous said...

Okie, now I am hungry and those recipes look awesome! If only I was brave in the kitchen.

Kathryn Lavallee said...

I've made your Recipe 1 fritters many times; LOVE them! I've never tried the second way before though; I may just have to give it a try! I have more zucchini than I can deal with at the moment! LOL

Christine McN said...

Ooooh! I'll have to check that book out! Heading to Chapters online now! LOL!

Christine McN said...

Insane Mamacita:
Oooh! You'll have to try the fritters! They're so easy and yummy!

Christine McN said...

Ooooh! Do you have any other zucchini recipes? OrangeHeroMama, you, and I all have tons of zukes right now! LOL! My MIL makes a zucchini relish that is delish!

Mama Ash said...

Oh I am so making all of the above soon! Love zucchini!

Bonnie Way said...

I'm not a fan of zucchini, but I'd try these latkes! Actually, my neighbour recently served us steamed zucchini and it was the best zucchini I've ever tried. :) I remember trying to give it away one year because we had so much... and freezing lots for use later in brownies and spaghetti sauce.

NPC23 said...

UMM, Zucchini BROWNIES. My roomie has skills. I'm not much for zucchini but the way you made them makes them look delectable. I think I'd eat my zucchini in chocolate form! :P

OrangeHeroMama said... should I bring a to-go pan of the zucchini brownies to SCCTO?!

Also, Christine, THANKYOU sooooo much for mentioning my recipe. It means the world to me! I'm so glad that you found it awesome too! <3 <3

Paula Schuck said...

I live zucchini recipes. I make zucchini chips. I am so super lmao at DDs hair label. Must have been fun to get out. Our zucchini did not do well this year. Bummed.

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