Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Zucchini Fritters & Corn Salsa



Zucchini has got to be the most versatile vegetable on the planet.
It is so good grilled, stuffed with breadcrumbs, sliced and sauteed in butter, or grated in sweet quick breads. It seems to adapt to whatever flavors you pair it with.

Tonight I made some zucchini fritters. There was a good sounding recipe on tastespotting and I thought I would play around with it.

I paired it with some corn salsa straight from the jar from Trader Joe's. A PERFECT match! I drizzled some corn puree with chili and cilantro around the plate and pretended to be a food stylist for the night. I could think of worse jobs.

This was really great, and really simple. We ate 4 fritters each! You can make the fritters ahead and reheat them on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven for a few minutes.
The next time, I think I will dice up some yellow onion for the mixture, it definitely needed it.

Zucchini Fritters:

2 small zucchini, grated (after grating, squeeze in paper towels to get all the moisture out...there will be a lot)



2 eggs
1 cup panko Japanese breadcrumbs
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/8 tsp grated nutmeg
1/4 tsp paprika
salt & pepper

After all the moisture is squeezed out of your grated zucchini, mix with other ingredients.

In a heavy skillet, heat olive oil and form small patties and drop in the heated oil to fry. About 2 minutes per side. I used a fish spatula to turn them over carefully, so they did not break.





Drain fritters on paper towels.

I served this with Trader Joe's Corn & Chili Salsa, which is the best pre made corn salsa ever. I added some fresh chopped cilantro to the salsa. (I top it on grilled chicken and serve with cherry tomatoes and chips in the summer).

You can serve these hot or room temperature. These were as good as they look!

21 comments:

kat said...

I love making these in the summer when we have lots of fresh zucchini. Just don't make my mistake & forget to squeeze the water out!

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Stacey - I have a lot of catching up-cooking to do. Love the zucchini fritters, the pissaladiere, the egg/bacon cups, and so many other yummy things you posted since I was away. I missed you too and am eager to get cooking again.

Peter M said...

I lurve zucchini fritters, you did a bang up job here. I'll be eating lots of these for Lent.

Michele said...

I've made these once from a Lidia recipe and I loved them. Reminds me that I should make them again.

That corn puree makes the dish look stunning! I wish I was more creative. Food styling sounds like so much fun!

Proud Italian Cook said...

I've always seen the corn salsa at TJ's, but never bought it, next time I'm getting it! When Stacey says it's good, I know it's good!!
I make zuccini fritters and everytime I'm amazed how much water they hold, I wrap the zuccini in a dish towel and water comes out like a river! Nice food styling;)

lisaiscooking said...

It's amazing how fast fritters disappear! Your corn puree looks fantastic too.

LaDue & Crew said...

Oh, these look amazing Stacey! And yes, TJ's salsa is SO good! No wonder your hubby works out so much- with all of your gorgeous food, he has too! This reminded me of another dish I love, Griddled Corn Cakes, at this place: http://www.phoenixcitygrille.com/menu.htm
SO good!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I never thought of making fritters! We love zucchini & panko, so I'll add this to my food plan. I make a pretty good corn salsa, if I do say so myself, so I'll take your queue and pair them together. Great job with food styling!

Patsyk said...

Love your food styling! Very nice!

Those zucchini fritters look amazing... I am sure I could get my youngest to eat those... anything fried and he'll eat it!

Culinarywannabe said...

I could definitely eat 4 or more of these. It's full of veggies, which makes it all OK. :)

doggybloggy said...

I love these - my mom used to make them when I was a kid so they are nostalgic comfort food to me....

noble pig said...

These look awesome! Wow, so yummy. I have always wanted to make something like this.

Teanna said...

Those look SO good! I have to try this recipe! And your presentation is gorgeous!

Colleen said...

These look so good! And the zucchini and corn make me think of warmer weather...ahhhhh.

Culinary Cory said...

Talk about great minds thinking alike. Just the other night I was playing around with some leftover zucchini and yellow squash to make some sort of fritter. It didn't come out exactly as I wanted. Now I'm going to have to try for round two. Yours look amazing!

Giff said...

love fritters like this, especially when paired with some heat :)

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

Zucchini fritters with salsa is very creative. I agree with you that zucchinis can be used in so many different dishes!

meserod said...

Stacey these look supper yummy and you did a great job food styling. :) I will definatly flag this to try in the future.

meserod said...

Stacey these look supper yummy and you did a great job food styling. :) I will definatly flag this to try in the future.

Karen said...

I agree... zucchini can be prepared so many differen, delicious ways! It's one of my favorite veggies and one that we eat a lot of here.

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