These gluten-free and non-dairy zucchini fritters are super delicious, and a great way to use up some of that extra zucchini you may be stockpiling like I am. How did zucchini get a bad rap, by the way? It's so freaking versatile, and one of my favorite summer veggies. You could easily double this recipe to make lotsa leftovers. (Recommended ;)
- 2 medium shredded *zucchini (about 1 pound)
- 1/2 C almond meal
- 1 tsp sea salt (I recommend himalayan or celtic)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 - 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (or more or less to taste, or omit all together)
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 1TB **cooking oil of choice: coconut, avocado, butter (grass fed and organic is best!), walnut oil. I used coconut because I love the flavor, but you can use whatever floats your boat.
- optional: 1 green onion thinly sliced
*Go organic! Conventional zucchini are usually GMO (genetically modified).
**Please skip canola! It's also typically GMO, loaded with carcinogenic pesticides, and it's not one of the healthy fats - canola is inflammatory oil and you want to minimize consumption
- Shred zucchini with a box grater or in a food processor.
- Add salt and place shredded zucchini in a clean dishtowel or cheese cloth, and squeeze to get as much liquid out of it as possible. This will help your fritters hold their shape when you cook them.
- Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
- Heat a heavy pan (I like cast-iron, but whatever works) over a medium heat, and approx 1 TB of the oil of your choice. (You want it to coat the bottom of the pan).
- Once the oil is shimmering (this means it's hot enough that your fritters will get a nice golden crisp = super tasty) drop in large spoonfuls of the zucchini batter.
- Fry on each side until golden, about 3 minutes per side. Once they're cooked on each side, I like to flip one more time and squish down with the spatula to get them nice and thin. Remove to a paper-towel lined plate and cook your next batch.
Voila! You're eating a plate full of veggies. I like mine served with a fried egg on top for some protein to turn it into a meal. These are also good left-over cold, straight outta the fridge.
Happy eating! As always, talk to me in the comments.
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