Thursday, February 25, 2010

Zucchini Fritters

I came across a wonderful site called We Cook Italian, which is where I got this recipe from. I have taken the liberty of adding their recipe to my collection.

While not exactly low calorie, as long as you keep the oil hot enough the fritters will not absorb too much oil. These fritters are light and delicious and VERY addictive so make lots! Use a canola or safflower oil for frying. Olive oil is really not suitable.

1 1/2 Lbs Zucchini
Zest of 1 lemon
2tbs fresh chopped basil
salt and pepper

For The Batter:
2 Eggs, Separated
2 tbs Olive Oil
1 Cup Regular Beer
1 Cup  Flour
Salt and Pepper
Oil For Frying
Grate the zucchini and mix with a tablespoon of salt.
Place in a colander in the sink and allow to drain to remove excess liquid for 15 minutes. Rinse the zucchini and then pat dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl with the lemon zest, fresh basil and pepper. Mix well.
For the batter, beat the egg yolks well and then slowly add the olive oil. Next add the beer and flour. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and let the mixture rest for 1 hour. 
Just before you are ready to make the fritters beat the egg whites in a bowl until firm.

Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the batter mixture. Add enough of the batter mixture into the bowl with the zucchini to bind the mixture together. You may not need all of the batter.

In a heavy pot, heat the oil to 375 degrees F. Take spoonfuls of the zucchini in batter and slide them into the hot oil, cooking 4 to 5 at a time. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until golden and crisp. Place the cooked fritters on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the excess oil. Continue to cook the remaining fritters in the same manner. Serve immediately with lemon wedges and a sprinkling of sea salt

1 comment:

  1. I love zuchinni friters. I like to put some ricotta cheese in mine.


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