Make Ahead

Zucchini Tofu Croquettes

October  8, 2009
Author Notes

I brought these to a potluck recently. I thought of a) reheating them, and b) topping them with a sauce, but in the end, I did c) none of the above. The same amount of tofu-zucchini mixture would make burger-sized croquettes for 3 or 4 people, and they'd be good served with raita and slaw —Cara Eisenpress

  • Serves 8 as an appetizer
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 4 ounces firm tofu
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, preferably freshly ground from stale baguette
In This Recipe
  1. Grate the zucchini into a colander. Toss with the salt and let rest for 20-30 minutes. Using a dish towel, squeeze as much water as you possibly can out of the zucchini.
  2. Blot the tofu, then crumble it into a mixing bowl so it looks like ricotta. Add the olive oil; mix well; then add the rest of the ingredients, including the zucchini.
  3. In a large pan over medium heat, warm enough oil to cover the bottom. Form into balls—about golf ball size—and add to the oil carefully. Cook for about 4-5 minutes a side until nicely browned, flipping very carefully, as these are slightly delicate. Remove to a paper towel to absorb extra oil. Serve warm or at room temp.

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