When I was a kid, my mother kept a garden. We grew cherry tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, and a bunch of other vegetables. And even though I was a picky kid, I would run out the door and stand amongst all of the plants and pick the vegetables off the stems to my hearts content. (I’ve always had a thing for picking vegetables and fruit… I like it!). I would eat the cherry tomatoes by the handful, smelling their wonderful green smell. I loved the green beans raw, and would often eat them all before I even got to the kitchen. The zucchini was something I couldn’t just munch on standing in the garden, but I loved it all the same. My mother would slice the zucchini into thin strips and fry them ever so lightly so that you could have these amazing and crunchy fritters. She made zucchini bread and this amazing Korean side dish (I have to ask her about that…), and all sorts of things with zucchini.
Anyway, in a fit of nostalgia, I made these zucchini fritters with a friend and devoured them for dinner. I serve them with just a bit of soy sauce and vinegar. A small caveat – these are not nearly as delicious as the ones my mother made for me as a kid… I just don’t know what she did to make them so yummy!
Zucchini Fritters (Kaprise Kitchen style… Mom – I need you to teach me how to make them like yours!)
- 2 medium sized zucchini, julienne
- 1 medium sized yellow onion, sliced thinly
- 2 eggs, beaten lightly
- 1/2 cup of sifted flour
- 1/2 cup of corn (thawed, if you use frozen like me)
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of pepper
- In a large bowl, mix the egg and flour until a batter forms.
- Toss the remaining ingredients in the batter until lightly coated. (Or, you can just do what I did, and stir it all together)
- In a skillet, heat about 1/4 cup of canola oil until it shimmers (I promise, once I get one of those thermometers I’ll give you more accurate temperatures!)
- Drop tablespoons of batter into the oil and fry for 3-4 minutes per side, until the center of the patties are cooked through.
- I squish mine down just a bit so they are more like pancakes, and obviously fry them just a teensie bit longer so they are crunchy!