Friday, October 28, 2011

Zucchini Pancakes

My motivation for trying this recipe comes from the category Things that Would Be Delicious with Chipotle Sour Cream, indexed in the recipe, Smoky Lentil Soup with Chipotle Cream. Zucchini continues to be dirt cheap (ha, ha) at the Farmer's Market, so I had a few zukes hanging out in the crisper.

This recipe comes from Kevin of Closet Cooking . I followed his recipe pretty closely, though rather than tzatziki I used Chipotle Sour Cream.

Zucchini Pancakes with Chipotle Sour Cream (serves 2-3)
  • 2 cups zucchini, shredded, drained, and squeezed
  • 1 handful of fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/3 C onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 C feta, very finely crumbled
  • 1/2 C flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • salt & pepper to taste 
  • peanut oil
  • Chipotle Sour Cream, for garnish
1. Once the zucchini is drained with the moisture squeezed out, mix thoroughly it with the dill, onion, feta, flour, egg and salt & pepper. Set aside.
2. Meanwhile, pour 1/2 inch of peanut oil into a heavy skillet. Heat over medium high heat (about 375 on my stove).
3. Form the zucchini mixture into patties, approximately 1/2 inch thick. Fry a few at a time, for about 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Drain and keep warm until ready to serve. Serve with chipotle sour cream. 

 Kitchen Notes: I prefer the feta very finely crumbled so it seasons evenly. These pancakes are pretty awesome fresh, but don't reheat well, so challenge yourself to eat them the day they're made. In contrast though, I bet the mixture refrigerates well, so pack some away to fry later if you'd like. The pancakes themselves are not highly flavored--if you're not using the chipotle sour cream, or some other sauce with punch, add extra salt, pepper, or change up the herbs a bit. Definitely get as much water as possible out of the zucchini or the cakes will be soggy.

Verdict? Leave it to me to make zucchini unhealthy. A tasty alternative to potato pancakes. The outside texture is light and crispy, the inside rich and creamy. It's also now my personal mantra that anything with chipotle sour cream is delicious.

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