healthy zucchini fritters

After baking my double caramel cinnamon buns twice in two days I felt the need to redeem myself by cooking something light and healthy which would still taste as good as its fried cousin.

‘Kolokythokeftedes’ is a classic Greek deep fried zucchini appetizer which has a crunchy exterior with a soft and creamy center. The only problem with this dish is the greasy after-taste you get after eating something deep fried.

After a few failed attempts at creating a healthier version I am happy to say that I managed to come up with an equally tasty and heart healthy baked version. I hope you ll enjoy it too.

healthy zucchini fritters

Ingredients

  • 600 gr fresh zucchini
  • 2-3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons corn flour
  • 2 tablespoons quick oats (like Quaker)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  • Wash & peel your zucchini.img_5338
  • Grate it (I always do it over a strainer in my sink) img_5339
  • Repeat with the potatoes. Pour the lemon juice over the potatoes (otherwise they will turn into yucky brown).
  • Finely dice the onion. Add to the zucchini & potatoes. img_5341
  • Sprinkle the zucchini, potatoes & onion with some salt and let them rest for half an hour.
  • In the meantime preheat the oven to 180 C fan assisted.
  • Put all of your veggies into a mesh bag or clean dish towel & squeeze tightly in order to get as much moisture as possible out. Squeeze like there is no tomorrow. The drier the vegetables the crispier the end result. Repeat if necessary.img_5343
  • Place your drained vegetables in a bowl and add the egg, cornstarch, oats, pepper, olive oil and mix thoroughly.img_5344
  • Form the mixture into patties and place on a greased parchment paper on your baking tray. img_5345
  • Spray or sprinkle with some olive oil. Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes or until golden brown (Flip the fritters once halfway).
  • Serve immediately along with the lemon feta dip.

Personal Notes:

  1. Add some chives & spring onions for an extra kick
  2. If you don’t have oats, use all purpose flour instead

 

5 comments

  1. Christina says:

    I grated by hand, pretty tiring, but it was worth it in the end. I just barely managed to photograph the last one before Pavlos devoured that too 🙂 I will e-mail you the photographic evidence!

  2. Elina Zambounis says:

    Ok Mrs. Master Chef, now you’ve got me!
    I have two questions for you:
    1) What kind of grater is this in your picture no2
    2) where did you get the mesh bag
    and one extra: why should we peel the zucchini
    You and your super blog certainly rock!
    xxxxxx

    • tisakidis@yahoo.com says:

      1) moulinex express vegetable chopper
      2) I used a τούλι for this recipe
      3) If you use organic there is no need to peel it
      ???

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