Gourmet Zucchini Fritters (No Cheese!)
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- 1 lb yellow zucchini (use small ones)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt (for soaking zucchini)
- 2 quarts water (for soaking zucchini)
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 fresh garlic clove, minced
- 2 teaspoons lemon zest, finely grated
- 1⁄8 teaspoon table salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon black peppercorns, freshly milled
- 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
- 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour, unbleached
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 8 lemon wedges (garnish)
- Shred the zucchini squash on a box shredder (large side) or with a mandolin.
- In a medium bowl, mix the salt and water and allow the shredded zucchini to soak in the refrigerator for up to 45 minutes.
- In another medium bowl, mix the chopped parsley, minced garlic, and lemon zest. Drain, rinse, (cold tap water) and redrain the zucchini -- pat it dry with paper towels and add to the parsley mixture.
- Season the mixture with the table salt and pepper, then add in the beaten eggs and carefully stir in the flour to make a batter.
- In a medium-sized no-stick skillet, over medium-high heat, bring the olive oil up to temperature until you see some rippling. Then spoon in heaping tablespoons of the zucchini batter. Make about three per batch -- each one, after being mashed down a bit with a spatula should be about three inches across. Cook for about one minute per side (until golden brown) before turning.
- Place finished patties on paper towels to drain while finishing the remaining patties.
- Serve with lemon wedges as garnish, on the side.
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