Last week, my Mother in Law gifted us with a homegrown zucchini. Well, my boys don't particularly enjoy zucchini so I needed a creative recipe to sneak this beauty into. I borrowed idea's from several different fritter & patty recipes I found online & created this gem of a "sneaky" recipe. MY BOYS LOVED THEM! Hope that you do, too!
ZUCCHINI CHEESE PATTIES
1 large zucchini
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs (Panko is best!)
1/2 cup shredded cheese (I like cheddar!)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced onion
Grate zucchini with a cheese grater or in a food processor. Place zucchini in paper towel or cheese cloth & wring out. Transfer to dry paper towel, spread out zucchini & let dry. Make sure zucchini is dried out enough, but still retains a little moisture. Too wet will make patties not form properly & too dry will require an addition of an extra egg. In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, egg, cheeses, garlic powder & onion. Once combined, stir in flour & 1/2 cup breadcrumbs alternately, reserving the other 1/2 cup. With your hands, shape palm sized patties. Dip patties into the reserved breadcrumbs to make a crunchy crust. Grease a large skillet with several pats of butter. Once skillet is greased, pour a little of your favorite oil in the skillet. After the oil is heated, lightly fry the patties until golden brown on each side.
Note: I am sure you could probably bake these on a cookie sheet & have them turn them great, but I've never tried. My boys loved these dipped in sour cream. We served with soup on a cool, rainy day for lunch. ENJOY!
And yes, the pictures are mine. This is exactly how they looked after cooking! YUUMMY!