It’s summertime and the markets are stocked with fresh zucchini. An excellent source of folate, potassium, and Vitamins A and C, this versatile vegetable should be on your shopping list. Look for small to medium sized organic zucchini that are unblemished and firm to the touch. They can be stored in the produce drawer of your refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Zucchini can be grilled, steamed, sautéed or grated over a salad for an extra bit of crunch.
This Italian Zucchini Herb Fritters recipe is an Uncle Steve’s summer favorite. They make an excellent side dish or they can be eaten on their own.
NOTE: Zucchini is 95% water. By grating the zucchini in this recipe, mixing with salt and letting it sit in a colander, the water will drain out before proceeding so you will get golden brown crispy fritters. If you’re pressed for time you can grate the zucchini and roll it in paper towels to remove moisture.
- 2 medium or 1 large organic zucchini, peeled
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup olive oil, divided
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 medium or one jumbo egg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 5 basil leaves, roughly chopped
- ¼ cup almond flour
- 1 cup Uncle Steve’s Marinara Sauce, heated
Grate zucchini on the large holes of a box grater. Place zucchini in a colander placed in the sink and toss with ½ teaspoon salt. Let drain 20 minutes and then pat dry with paper towels.
Reheat oil over medium heat, adding another ¼ cup. Sauté the onion until just browned. Add garlic during the last minute and remove pan from heat. Remove from oil with slotted spoon; set aside.
In a large bowl beat the eggs. Whisk in salt, pepper, Italian seasoning and almond flour. Add onion/garlic mixture, basil and zucchini; stir well.
Reheat oil over medium heat, adding another ¼ cup. Working in batches, drop heaping soup spoons of batter into the skillet, flattening gently with a spatula. Cook 3 minutes and then flip; cook until golden brown. Remove and place on paper towel lined plate.
Serve hot with Uncle Steve’s Marinara Sauce.
Makes four servings.