Monday, July 25, 2011

Zucchini cakes for Meatless Monday

It's that time of year when the zucchini can start to come on at a furious rate. I've only got one plant and it is keeping me happy with zucchinis. Checking them every day keeps them from become as big as tree trunks. But what to do with them?

I've made zucchini cakes before so thought I'd share them with you today. Simply put they are grated zucchini with a few add-ins, pan fried in a little olive oil.

Zucchini - from garden
2 cloves garlic minced
2 eggs
1/2 cup grated pecorino romano
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1 TBS flour
1/4 tsp baking  powder
Crushed red pepper
olive oil for cooking

Trim up the Zucchini

Line a bowl with a cotton dish towel (not terry cloth). Grate zucchini into the bowl.

Wring out the zucchini. Keep the zucchini juice for soup or, drink it as I did. Refreshing!

To the grated drained zucchini  add the cheese, shallot, garlic, eggs, bread crumbs, flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt, pepper flakes. Stir to combine.

Heat 2 TBS  oilive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Spoon about 1/4 cup for each cake, flatten with a fork.
Fry until brown, flip and brown other side.

Remove and drain on paper towel.
Plate, garnish with some chopped parsley and serve with dressing of your choice. I used Bleu cheese. Ranch would be good too.
Until next time, Eat Well and Keep Digging!

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  1. Okay you just made my day with this post. I always have too much zucchini here with just one plant and for some reason this year I have two..silly me. However, my husband hates zucchini, but loves spinach pancakes...I think these could be similar enough that I could get him to eat thesm. If not more for me...ha-ha

  2. Great Mrs. Pickles! They are delicious you could top them spicy or perhaps a dab of sour cream or plain greek yogurt. I'll be making these again!

  3. They do look very appetising! If you had ripe tomatoes available, a topping of fresh tomato salsa on those zucchini cakes might work well perhaps?

  4. Similar to one of my favorites, Rainbow Potato Pancakes. I'd thing the amounts of potatoes and zukes could be switched to make it more zuke heavy:

    2/3 pound (2 medium} unpeeled potatoes, shredded
    1 medium (6-inch) carrot peeled and shredded
    1 medium (5 to 6-inch) zucchini, shredded
    1/3 cup finely diced red bell pepper
    1/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    2 tablespoons unseasoned dry bread crumbs
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon pepper
    2 tablespoons olive or canola oil, divided (I use more)
    Sour cream (optional)

    Enclose the three shredded vegetables in a clean kitchen towel; wring over sink to remove as much moisture as possible. Place vegetables in large bowl and immediately mix in bell pepper, onions, egg, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper to blend thoroughly. In large nonstick skillet, heat 2 teaspoons of the oil over medium-high heat. With 1/4 cup measure, portion mixture into skillet to make four pancakes, pressing down to flatten each mound to about 1/2 inch, and spacing apart. Fry until well browned on bottom sides, about 4 minutes. Flip and brown reverse sides. Remove with spatula and drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining oil and potato mixture. Serve hot with sour cream, if desired. Makes 4 servings, or 12 (3-inch) pancakes.

  5. These really look delicious. Think I will try making your zucchini cakes, David!

  6. Thanks Granny! I'll give those a try! sounds delicious!


    Egretta, That makes me happy! Let me know how you like them!

  7. I'd never heard of zucchini cakes and suddenly, within the last half hour, I've come across 2 recipes for them. I think it's a sign that I had better add zucchini to Saturday's farmer's market shopping list. It looks like zucchini cakes will be on the menu sometime this weekend. Thanks, David, for sharing.

  8. Delicious! I love recipes that included eggplant or zucchini. I live in Argentina and it seems like zucchini and eggplant is always in season and inexpensive.

  9. Hi Jacquie, Thanks for coming by. Zucchini and eggplant are two of my favorites too! I'm getting mine from the garden right now. Nothing better than home-grown and fresh picked!. Thanks again for stopping by!


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