COOK: What to Do With All That Zucchini!?!

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The abundance of zucchini in summer is great fun. Until it’s not.

Comes a point in the summer when you hide when you see your backyard gardener neighbor coming over with yet more huge bats of green squash. If you are that backyard gardener, you are running out of friends to pass zucchini on to. No one has any room for it on their kitchen counters or refrigerators. And they are running out of ideas for it just as quickly as they are running out of space.

Here then is one of our summertime favorites that might help you put the magic back in the magic green wand.

Fritters make quick and easy use of many different vegetables and they can be a lot more interesting and elegant than you might think. We serve up the following zucchini, manchego, rosemary and thyme fritters to dinner guests right when they arrive, with a glass of crisp sparkling wine or a cool dry jeréz (sherry). Or we fry them up for a quick casual dinner wrapped in a paper towel; kids love them and they’ve got plenty of food groups represented so why not?

Zucchini Fritters with Manchego, Rosemary, and Thyme
4 cups grated zucchini (scrubbed, but not peeled)
1 cup grated Manchego cheese
1 tbs fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 tsp rosemary leaves, chopped (2 tsp if using fresh)
1 cup flour
3 beaten eggs
1-2 generous pinches salt
Vegetable oil

Put all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Heat a scant teaspoon of oil on a nonstick skillet at medium high. Set up a plate with paper towels to absorb extra oil. You will be working in batches, so using a large spoon, put dollops of batter on the skillet to make disks about 1/2-inch thick. Cook about four minutes on each side lowering heat if they seem to be browning too fast. Remove and place on paper towels. Check to make sure you have a bit of oil left in the pan (you may need to heat more), and continue until the batter is done. Serve hot or at room temperature.

For a collection of easy zucchini recipes including tortillas, more fritters, and grilling ideas, click on this Hot, Cheap & Easy link.

Photo via Mehan’s Kitchen