I like to grow zucchini in my garden every summer and it grows well here in west Texas. But I always have the problem using up all of that zucchini. When I found this recipe I was really excited about having something new to make with zucchini!
Of course, I altered the recipe by adding onions, garlic powder, and a little more flour. It was a little too runny (probably because I forgot to add the cheese!), so I had to use a slotted spoon to scoop it into the ¼-cup measuring cup. I added the extra rice flour because it tends to make fried foods a little crispier. Even without the cheese, these fritters were amazing. My friend Gregg said I could make these every weekend if I wanted to. We were thinking about trying them using eggplant instead of zucchini.
The cayenne pepper gives these fritters a bit of a kick. I actually reduced the black pepper amount to ¼ teaspoon. You could even leave out the pepper if you like and they would be just as good. These make a great side dish with some burgers or chicken cooked on the grill!
- 2-3 medium zucchini, shredded (about 4 cups)
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- 1 tomato, diced
- 2 teaspoons salt
- ½ cup sorghum flour
- ¼ cup white rice flour
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ shredded parmesan cheese
- small amount of oil for frying (I used olive oil)
Shred the zucchini using a box grater, food processor or juicer. I used a food processor for the zucchini and chopped the onions by hand. If you use the grater or food processor, you will need to squeeze out all the moisture from the zucchini before you add the rest of the ingredients. I just patted it with a paper towel to get out the moisture, but it was still pretty juicy after I added the eggs and tomatoes. If you use a juicer, you can skip the moisture-draining step.
Sprinkle with the salt and toss well. Let sit for 10 minutes.
Add flour, egg and pepper. Stir to combine.
Once mixed, gently fold in tomato and cheese.
Heat a large skillet (or griddle if you’re looking for a less greasy option) with a small amount of oil on medium-low heat.
Pack a 1/4 cup measuring cup with the fritter mixture, pressing it down inside the cup. Turn the cup out onto the pan and flatten the zucchini until you get a patty.
Cook on each side for 3-5 minutes or until nicely browned.
This recipe made 14 fritters.
The BEST thing happened today! Maizy dropped an egg on the floor and I ATE IT! She said I was her little helper. Being a helper TASTES GOOD!