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Zucchini Frittelle

I like to think of these as zucchini pancakes. They are slightly cake-like and a little eggish and very zucchini flavored. I got this recipe initially over a year ago from my mom’s friend, and this year when her friends were over and looking in the garden they reminded me of this recipe and how it would be a good way to use some of the zucchini. I tried it out, not really remembering how I made it before, and they came out pretty well. I think they are a little darker than they should be, but I still enjoyed them and my family quickly devoured them.

I tweaked some bits of the recipe a little to fit the ingredients I had on hand and wanted to use, or didn’t have on hand as the case was. The recipe called for 2 small zucchini, I only had 1 large one, so I decided it was acceptable.  The recipe also called for just basil leaves, but as I was in a charitable mood I allowed parsley to join the party as well. It’s an easy recipe to play with. My only problem was the recipe only vaguely said ‘heat some oil’ and I wasn’t sure how much that meant. Should I pan fry? Deep fry? I went with the cheaper and healthier option and just used a little oil and pan fried it, like so.

There isn’t much to say about this recipe. It’s very simple and doesn’t have all that many ingredients, and there aren’t any intricate preparation instructions. I did enjoy using one of the shredding blades on my food processor to finely grate the zucchini with no effort at all on my part. It totally beat the days when I used a box grater like a chump. Then just mix, fry, eat! Although I will warn you, it is a little oily so I recommend laying them on a paper towel covered plate while they cool!

mmmmmmm…cheesy and green, a good combination

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2 small zucchini or 1 large, grated
2 eggs
2 3/4 tbsp flour
1/3 cup grated cheese
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
6 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Leaves from 1 stem of parsley, finely chopped

Grate zucchini into small, thin strips. Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Heat some oil in frying pan.

Use a tablespoon to measure and drop into hot oil.

Let them cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden.

Sprinkle more cheese after frying if desired.

Close-up! Can you see the melted cheese?