Friday, March 26, 2010

Greek Zucchini Fritters – Kolokithokeftedes with Tzatziki Sauce

Last weekend, I got a little carried away grating fresh zucchini to make a Pineapple-Zucchini Cake-- which my husband and son ate with great relish!  I don't like to waste food,  so I pondered what to make with the leftover grated zucchini.  I must read dozens of recipes a week, so my subconscious mind reminded me of "zucchini fritters".  I've never made them, but it seems like a great idea.  My google searched found several versions for Greek Zucchini Fritters.  Some of my favorite Greek ingredients are feta cheese and lemon.  I try to keep Greek Yogurt in my fridge, at all times.  I zeroed in on a new blog (to me) called "Whipped".  I love this version, because of the panko crumbs.  That was it!  I began by making my tried & true very quick Tzatziki Sauce.

Mix Greek yogurt ( find that the nonfat version works great), a grated clove of garlic, cucumber, the juice of 1 lemon and ½ teaspoon cumin. That's it!  I do add fresh dill-- but I held back on that because I was putting it into the fritters.   I also serve this sauce with my Ground Gyros recipe-- which is also very flavorful and one of my husband's favorite quick week night dinners.

I show you how I grate zucchini in a food processor, and how I use a ricer to drain all the excess water right here.  Otherwise, use a box grater for the zucchini, and it's important that you squeeze the excess water with your hands, or by wringing it with a tea towel or cheese cloth.  Soggy zucchini makes soggy fritters and that is not very appetizing!  Chop some green onion.  Add some Feta Cheese. For the herbs, you can use fresh mint and fresh dill.  My husband doesn't like mint, so I cut fresh dill (from my Spring garden) and flat leaf parsley.

Add one beaten egg, about 1/2 cup of flour (I added less, figuring I could add more if I needed to), 3-4 Tablespoons Japanese panko crumbs and combine this with a fork.  Easy!  The batter should be wet enough to bind together. I didn't need a full 1/2 cup of flour.




I like to use an ice cream scoop to make my patties even.  There!

I heated enough olive oil* to evenly coat the skillet-- make sure the oil is very hot and shimmering. Cook the patties for 3-4 minutes, or until they are golden brown.  *For those of you who fear cooking with oil as being "fattening"-- olive oil is the healthiest choice because of the Omega-3 in it. It's my #1 choice of cooking oil.

Flip them over and cook for 3-4 additional minutes.

Drain on a paper towel lined plate....

Serve with a dollop of Tzatziki Sauce...


Mmmmm...  the creaminess of the feta cheese, subtle flavor of dill... and a refreshing and tangy tzatziki sauce...wow!  Craig and I enjoyed these as our TGIF Happy Hour.  We washed it down with an ice cold beer.  These were great appetizers, but they'd also be a nice side dish.  These are fast and easy to make. 
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24 comments:

Debinhawaii said...

They look delicious! I tagged some zucchini fritters in a cookbook the other day thinking they sounded good but these sound even better. ;-)

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Fabulous fritters - and with that tzatziki sauce all I need is a tall glass of beer.

Stacey Snacks said...

Deb,
I made zucchini fritters last year and we LOVED them!
Thanks for reminding me to make them again, and that Tzatziki sauce looks delicious! (I have rasPberries on today, I always think of you!).

Cathy said...

I love zucchini but have never tried using it to make fritters. These look so tasty, Debbie, especially with a nice dollop of tzatziki sauce.

Big Dude said...

We like zuke fritters but never had the Greek version. Since we like Grrek food and they look fantastic, this is a must try.

Caroline said...

I am so glad they worked well for you! I am craving them again from your wonderful photos. I love your step by step.

Happy Cooking!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Those fritters look amazing!! The sauce really puts them over the top - I can't wait to try them. And thanks for introducing me to a new blog. I'll be checking it out immediately!

Kate said...

Great idea! I love zucchini and Tzatziki Sauce therefore, I will be making this to enjoy. I love your collages!! Thank you for sharing.

Bellini Valli said...

These are definitely my favourite way with a zucchini.

Carla said...

Oh my gosh my mouth is watering! I can't wait for my zucchini to come in so I can make these. Not sure if I can wait that long...I might just go out and buy some today. Thank you for this fantastic blog and for sharing you wonderful recipes and photographs.

Simple Simon said...

How delicious looking and I'm sure tasting.What beautiful pictures.

Judy said...

Debby, fantastic job on thisi post. Love the pics. I am wanting to make these zucchini fritters now -- they look and sound fabulous, especially with the sauce. Thanks so much for posting.

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Ingrid said...

Mmm, these look good!
~ingrid

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Go, TEAM ZUCCHINI! The fritters look fantastic - I could eat a dozen!

Joanne said...

I'm pretty sure these are bites of fried zucchini heaven! I love the tzatziki sauce...I always have Greek yogurt on hand as well. Thank god you had leftovers from that cake.

Kim said...

Love the zucchini fritters. They look amazing with the tzatziki sauce! I could easily scarf up quite a few of them;D

Rettabug said...

Such beautiful photos, Debby! These look like luscious little morsels & now I can't wait for my dill patch to start showing some sprouts. DH ♥'s Greek foods so this is on my "must try" list.
Thanks for sharing it & your easy recipe for the tzatziki sauce, too.

Sorry I didn't join the SBS this weekend. I did post a family bread recipe, though from my own files. I'll play along next week for sure!

Teresa said...

Yum! I'm making this one today! It looks amazing.

Carla and Michael said...

These fritters look amazing. My last batch looked awful. You've inspired me to give this another go.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

I love veggies cakes like this. I love the tip about the ice cream scoop.

Cherine said...

Those fritters look so tasty!

Matt said...

I did everything you said, and they came out so BITTER! I mean bitter bitter bitter, what could have caused this?

A Feast for the Eyes said...

It's hard to say, but I would venture to guess that you zucchini wasn't fresh? I use fresh baby zucchini and bitterness has never been a problem for me. I've found that if I use Zucchini that has grown a bit too long, it can taste on the bitter side. Sorry to hear you didn't have success with the recipe.

Bill said...

Love zucchini and tzatziki sauce so I'm sure I would love these fritters. I'm putting these on my to do list. They look absolutely delicious! Hope you're feeling better, Debby!