Zucchini or courgette is one vegetable that many people use as a healthy alternative snack for kids and adults alike. Instead of indulging in ever popular high calorie potato fries, health buffs can enjoy the same delicious taste with zucchini and potato fritters but with less guilt. Here is an easy way to prepare a wonderfully low calorie snack for the whole family.
1 lb. of zucchini, coarsely grated
3 medium sized carrots, coarsely grated
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large egg
2 scallions, finely chopped
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup grape seed oil or olive oil
Sour cream or plain yoghurt
Salt the zucchini using approximately a pinch of salt. Using a potato ricer or plain paper towels, try to remove excess moisture from the zucchini.
In a large bowl, whisk the egg. Add the zucchini, carrots, flour, scallions and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Mix to combine well.
In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Divide the mixture into two batches to cook the fritters well. Once the skillet is hot enough, drop 2 mounds, about 2 tablespoons of the batter. After, slightly flatten the mounds using a spatula. Allow the fritters to cook for around 4-6 minutes or until it turns golden brown. Flip them over to cook the other side. You can also bake the fritters if you want a healthier dish.
Transfer the fritters to a plate lined with paper towels. Let the fritters set until the paper towel has absorbed the excess oil. Sprinkle with salt and repeat the procedure for the remaining batch.
Serve hot with sour cream or plain yogurt on the side.
Photo Courtesy Of: Ned Raggett