9.10.2010

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini pancakes

I've noticed that zucchini is the one thing home gardeners always complain about having too much of. When I someday have a home with a yard and room for a garden (hopefully within a few months if the househunting pans out!), I'm going to embrace every last bit of zucchini that my very un-green thumb manages to grow.

I don't think I could run out of ideas for how to use zucchini. It's perfect in a summer vegetable gratin, in a light summer soup, sauteed with summer squash and garlic and served over angel hair, in cupcakes and breads, and countless other ways.

I've seen recipes that range from zucchini fritters to stuffed zucchini to zucchini slaw. I have my eye on a recipe in Cook's Illustrated that combines zucchini with tomatoes and basil -- I don't know how I haven't made it yet.

On my most recent visit to the farmers' market, I picked up some zucchini with one very simple recipe in mind: heavenly zucchini pancakes from Meghan over at Travel, Wine, and Dine. Meghan has the best recipes for summer farmers' market finds, and I turn to her blog often for inspiration.

I changed her recipe just a teeny bit, using seasoned panko instead of plain, and simply smeared my pancakes with some spreadable feta. She made a spicy yogurt dip, which I would have tried if I had the ingredients on hand. It sounds really tasty!


Zucchini Pancakes (adapted from Travel, Wine, and Dine)

Ingredients

3 small zucchini
2 eggs
1 cup Italian-style panko
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed

Preparation

Grate zucchini (I use the small grating blade on my food processor). Lightly beat eggs in a medium bowl, and mix in grated zucchini and panko. Season with salt and pepper.


Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Take a small handful of the zucchini mixture, and lightly pack it into a patty. Place the patty in the skillet. Repeat until the skillet is full, about 6 or 7 patties. Saute patties for about 5 minutes per side, or until deep golden brown.

Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle with coarse salt (if desired).

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Repeat with remaining mixture.

Serve the pancakes with spreadable feta or your cheese or topping of choice.

Zucchini pancakes

Meghan calls these zucchini pancakes heavenly, and I have to agree. They're crunchy on the outside and soft and pillowy on the inside, with the fresh, green flavor of zucchini.

What's your favorite zucchini dish?

17 comments:

  1. I haven't made a zucchini pancake in forever, but they're one of my favorite so I might need to get on that before summer is gone for good. The feta on top is an awesome idea!

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  2. Looks delicious! I like putting a little dab of pesto on top of zucchini pancakes too. I'm also still not over roasted or grilled zucchini, and often, when I make this, about 1/2 of it actually ends up on the table...because I've already eaten the rest!

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  3. The zucchini pancake looks delicious and I agree that Meghan does have some fantastic recipes for your farmers' market finds!

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  4. love zucchini pancakes. it's just another version of latkes ;)
    I like mine with sour cream on top.

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  5. Hmmmm - these cakes look super delicious. It's my favorite way to enjoy the veggie :)

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  6. These look delicious!! Zucchini is one of those things I cannot WAIT to have too much of as well! These look and sound like a fantastic use of it!

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  7. I love that you adapted meghans recipe. you guys are so connected today :)

    my house smells like vanilla beans. i need to give you some.

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  8. i've got 2 chilling at home waiting to be used... I'll just make a smaller batch and use them up!

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  9. I love zucchini pancakes! And I like the idea of feta on them. This is the first summer I've fully embraced zucchini and my favorite dish so far has been a pasta dish with zucchini ribbons.

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  10. Thanks for the link! I'm going to try these zucchini pancakes this weekend. I have been making zucchini pancakes for a while, but they're much more bread-y -- really like savory pancakes flecked with zucchini. These look crispy and delicious!

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  11. No such thing as too much zucchini in my house! I love them. I never knew until last year just how versatile they are. Great recipe!

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  12. they sure sound fabulous, and i'm awefully glad my mom just delivered a nice big zucchini to me :)

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  13. I'm with you - I can't wait to have a garden and be able to complain about having too much zucchini. Your pancakes look addicting!

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  14. Yummy! Did you have to press the water out of the zucchini? I find that I usually have to, which is kind of an annoying step. They look great!

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  15. Thanks for the link! I'm going to try these zucchini pancakes this weekend. I have been making zucchini pancakes for a while, but they're much more bread-y -- really like savory pancakes flecked with zucchini. These look crispy and delicious!

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  16. These look delicious!! Zucchini is one of those things I cannot WAIT to have too much of as well! These look and sound like a fantastic use of it!

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  17. I haven't made a zucchini pancake in forever, but they're one of my favorite so I might need to get on that before summer is gone for good. The feta on top is an awesome idea!

    Sues

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