Here's my own spin on a zucchini pancake, strongly influenced by the Greek cooking that I enjoyed a few years ago, mostly on the island of Kefalonia. If your garden is like mine, you are feeling a little overwhelmed by the tide of zucchini spilling out . The pancakes are great as a side dish and perfect as an appetizer if you make miniatures. —dymnyno
Test Kitchen Notes
I love zucchini and these pancakes sounded so tasty. I was skeptical that two pounds of zucchini grated would end up as only two cups after salting/squeezing but it did—I squeezed out almost two cups of liquid. The recipe was easy to follow, the only change I made was to reduce the red pepper flakes by half as my husband and I prefer less heat. These delicious pancakes are a tad greasy from the frying and are very tender, so I’d recommend serving them not as finger food but on a plate with a fork. —janeofmanytrade
12 3 inch pancakes, or 24 bite sized pancakes
green zucchini, 2 cups after grating and squeezing as much moisture as possible
fresh mint leaves, minced
fresh curly parsley, minced
fresh lemon zest(finely zested)
crumbled Greek feta
dried red pepper flakes, less if you don't want too much heat
all purpose flour
olive oil for frying pancakes
In This Recipe
Using the large holes on a box grater, shred the zucchini. Line a colander with cheese cloth and put the zucchini in the colander. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of salt and toss the zucchini. Try to extract as much liquid as you can from the shredded zucchini. Pick up the cheesecloth and wring as much more as you can until you feel the zucchini is pretty dry.
Add the herbs, pepper flakes and feta and zest. Mix.
Add the flour and baking powder and eggs and mix.
Pour a very thin layer of olive oil into a frying pan. Using a tablespoon, scoop a heaping spoonful into the pan and flatten the top a little. This should make a 3 inch patty. Repeat until the pan is full. Fry until a nice brown and flip and cook the other side. For bite sized appetizers, use a teaspoon.
Set aside on paper towels and finish the rest of the pancakes. Pat to remove excessive oil that may be left from frying.
Serve alone or with your favorite yogurt (Greek, of course). The sauce should be very simple, like just with some lemon zest or chives, because there are so many flavors going on in the pancakes.