• October 1, 2017

    Zucchini Fritters

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    I made a bunch of these Zucchini Fritters on a recent weekday for lunch and liked them so much that I fought away hungry children to take pics to share. Not an easy task, I assure you. (Blogging has moved almost completely away from spontaneous photo shoots since having kids. I think my pictures may have improved for it, but I kinda miss the on-a-whim vibe.)

    The fritters are light and savoury and crispy and it’s really hard to stop eating them. I served them with homemade ranch, an oldie but goodie, for dunking.

    I have been trying to find ways to get my kids to eat green vegetables that doesn’t involve a smoothie. For them, it’s mostly a texture thing.  I’ve found only a few things they like – kale finely minced into an omelette or pasta sauce, broccoli (raw or cooked) with any kind of dip, and fritters.

    My friend Meg came over one day with a big bag of zucchini from her garden. Is there any gift lovelier than food from one’s garden? I love all the different shapes and sizes. I made a batch of Banana Zucchini Bread, some zucchinookies (which is what I nicknamed these REALLY YUMMY Zucchini Cookies), and fritterized the rest.

    Today is my fifth wedding anniversary with my husband. It’s hard to believe five years have gone by since our Prince Edward Island wedding. Life has changed so much in that period that it almost feels like longer, but it’s still hard to believe that half a decade has passed.

    I’m trying to clear some mental space to reflect on what I see for myself and our family in the next five. I was listening to a Ted Talk podcast in the car yesterday (as we drove an hour up the coast to look at houses. WHAT?) about the impact technology has had on eliminating boredom and the precious time for creative thought that comes with it.

    The gist was that the time that we spend reflecting on our past and dreaming about our future, solving our problems, and coming up with new adventures is in that time when we have nothing else to do. Now we fill each of those moments with picking up our phones, and aren’t giving ourselves the space to think deeply.

    Food for thought on a Sunday.

    These fritters are good to make in a large batch and freeze for weekdays. I pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes to reheat and crisp up. They’re a nice departure from sweet things for breakfast, although I typically serve them at lunch.

    A quick dip of greek yogurt, some chopped chives (or other herb) and a pinch of salt is a great shortcut accompaniment. Or, you know, ketchup.

    Zucchini Fritters

    Crispy Zucchini Fritters are a great way to use up excess zucchini, and get green veggies into little ones. They make a really nice savoury breakfast, or a great lunchbox addition. They freeze well, and are unstoppable with ranch or yogurt dip.

    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 6 minutes
    Total Time 11 minutes
    Servings 4
    Author Jennifer Pallian


    • 1 large zucchini grated
    • 1/3 medium onion grated or finely chopped
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs or more as needed
    • 1 large egg
    • 2 tbsp vegetable oil for cooking plus more as needed


    1. Pile zucchini and onion in the middle a piece of cheesecloth or several paper towels. Pick it up and squeeze as much moisture out as you can. Transfer to a bowl and use a fork to stir in breadcrumbs, egg, and salt until well combined. If mixture is too wet to hold together, add a few more breadcrumbs.
    2. Preheat a heavy skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes. Add oil and drop batter by about 2 tablespoonfuls at a time to make fritters. Don't overcrowd the pan, leave enough space between them to flip easily. After about 3 minutes, when the undersides are golden, flip and continue cooking on the other side until it's golden, too, and centre feels firm when carefully pressed (about 3 minutes more). Repeat with more oil if needed until all fritters are cooked. If at any time they're browning too quickly, simply reduce heat.
    3. Keep warm in a 200º oven if desired, or serve immediately. Leftovers can be frozen and reheated in the oven.



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