July 17, 2015
Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters

Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters!  Crispy zucchini fritters with a garlic-hummus sauce. Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters

One of the best parts about cooking from a CSA box every week is that I’m never quite sure what’s going to be inside. Some weeks I am giddy for just about every ingredient, while other times, I gladly pawn off most of the contents to my co-workers.

I consider myself to be a lover of most fruits and vegetables, but there are a few I just can’t get behind. (Ahem, fennel- Imma looking at you). Zucchini is one of those veggies that I am slightly forced to love from late June until mid-September. While I definitely don’t dislike zucchini, I also don’t have the same affection towards it like I do other summer vegetables like corn, tomatoes or peppers.

It’s zucchini after all, the slightly flavorless vegetable that we stuff into cookies, cakes, muffins and spiralize to mimic every pasta imaginable. It’s similar to tofu in my mind; it works in most dishes but it’s rarely a star on it’s own.

Close up shot of the zucchini fritters garnished with fresh herbs

Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters

So, knowing that I would be swimming in zucchini yet again this week- I got to work. I wanted to make a cake that could easily stand on it’s own as a main dish, while leftovers could be placed onto salads or stuffed into pitas for sandwiches.

I’ll be honest- I wasn’t expecting to love these. Zucchini fritters aren’t exactly a dish you end up craving. I crave pasta, I crave cheesecake, I crave tacos. I don’t think I’ve ever craved zucchini.

However, what I ended up putting together far exceeded my expectations. Hearty, crispy patties topped with a creamy, hummus-dill sauce. A stack of these and I don’t need anything else.

 Quinoa Zucchini Fritters drizzled with Hummus Sauce

To get these fritters as crispy as possible, you will need to finely shred the zucchini and then drain as much water off as possible. Since I like to do things the hardest way possible, I hand grated my zucchini. Of course, after I was finished I remembered that my food processor also has a grating blade that would have taken all of 10 seconds to complete the task.

So, pick your weapon. If you have a food processor then I highly recommend remembering to use it- and then use it.

After you’ve grated your zucchini, place it in a large bowl and start squeezing. Take off your rings, wash your hands and squeeze the day away. Moisture is the enemy to crispy so if you don’t want soggy patties, you’ll need to get dirty. For reference, I ended up squeezing almost a cup of water out of my shredded zucchini (!) Use a heavy hand when seasoning these. Since zucchini tends not to have much flavor, I used a healthy pinch of both salt and pepper for these.

These fritters are crispy and packed full of herbs and spices for maximum flavour

The rest of the process comes together in no time flat. Add the ingredients, shape into patties and lightly fry. If you’ve got a cast iron pan, break it out, it’s essential in creating a perfectly crunchy exterior without going overboard on the oil.

To give these a little more oomph- and because I was too lazy to make anything else for dinner- I added in cooked quinoa. I love the extra layer of texture it provides and of course- more protein and fiber.
Stack of the Quinoa Zucchini Fritters after frying
Lastly, this sauce. I’ve got one of my most FAVORITE recipes of late coming to you on Tuesday (such a tease) and it features this sauce. I’m so glad I had extra in the fridge, as these fritters were just begging for a luscious, garlic topping.

I’m calling these my greek zucchini fritters because they remind me of a cross between falafel and potato latkes. So I added in oregano, garlic, and dill to take them over the top.

Zucchini, I’m not worthy. I’m sorry I doubted you all these years. These fritters are so fantastic, they have definitely added to my crave-able meal list.
Crispy Zucchini Fritters ready to be served

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Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters

  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish, vegetable, zucchini, quinoa
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Greek Quinoa Zucchini Fritters! Crispy zucchini fritters with a garlic-hummus sauce.


  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish, vegetable, zucchini, quinoa
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Alex Caspero
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 - 6 servings 1x
  • Category: side dish, vegetable, zucchini, quinoa
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
Scale

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 cups grated zucchini, as much water squeezed out as possible
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried dill
  • 1/2 cup flour (I used 100% whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • generous pinch salt/ground pepper
  • Hummus Sauce:
  • 1/3 cup hummus
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried dill
  • Parsley, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine the quinoa and 1 cup water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until cooked, about 12 minutes. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat and add the onion. Cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic clove, dried oregano and dill. Set aside and let cool slightly.
  3. Grate the zucchini using a box grater or food processor. Place in a large bowl and squeeze out as much water as possible. For reference, I squeezed out about 1 cup water from the zucchini. If you have too much water left in the fritters, they will be soggy and won’t get crispy.
  4. Place the grated zucchini back in the bowl and add in the cooked quinoa, onion and herb mixture, flour, baking powder, lemon juice and a generous pinch salt/pepper.
  5. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat (I used my [url:1]cast-iron[/url] for a crispy crust) and add a tsp. or two of oil.
  6. Grab a hunk of zucchini mixture (about 1/3 cup) and form into a patty.
  7. Place in the skillet and let cook 3-4 minutes until golden brown, flip and cook another 2-3 minutes on the either side.
  8. Cook the rest of the fritters and set on a platter.
  9. Whisk together the ingredients for the hummus sauce and drizzle over the fritters.
  10. Garnish with minced parsley.

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  1. I replaced the lemon juice in the mix with lemon zest, for less liquids. And instead of dill, I used fresh mint and some cardamom powder. Very nice!

  2. I replaced the lemon juice in the mix with lemon zest, for less liquids. And instead of dill, I used fresh mint and some cardamom powder. Very nice!

  3. These sound wonderful! I love zucchini fritters and the addition of quinoa is perfect for a balanced and healthy meal.

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