Thursday, June 30, 2011

Fried Carrot and Zucchini Patties

This is basically a latke. You know, latkes like on Chanukah? Is that the singular for latkes? latke? Whatever. Anyways, isn't it fun to sneak veggies like this into your kids? I know its fried but still! Veggies are veggies. This is really delicious because the carrots sweeten this up making it so scrumptious. You could add shredded onions as well. Even better, but I just didn't have the patience to cry me a river.

Shred the carrots and zucchini. But here is the annoying part. You have to put this mixture into a sieve to drain out all of the liquid. Trust me its a pain. Its messy and obnoxious to transfer from bowl to bowl as you have to do it in batches. But if you don't do it, you will regret it. The patties will fall apart as soon as they hit the oil and it will be a soggy mess. Plus if you do it over the sink, you wont have to dirty any extra then forget about what I said about transferring from bowl to bowl. See? You learn the steps as you go. Next time I'll do it over the sink. OK enough about my ditziness.

The eggs really pull this all together and the flour helps to thicken it and absorb some of the liquid. Strain the mixture BEFORE you add the eggs and flour. OK. Just making sure.

Test a little of the batter in the oil before frying. I don't know about you but I don't have a thermometer in the house, and I can't keep track of what temperatures for what foods. These are so good. Even better than latkes. And if you are looking for a way to make new latkes, add carrots.

Fried Carrot and Zucchini Patties
Makes about 12 patties.

4 Zucchini shredded(I scrub mine and leave the peel on but do as you like)
4 carrots peeled and shredded
1 small onion shredded
3 eggs
3 heaping tablespoons of flour
1/2 cup chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups vegetable oil

Shred veggies and strain as much liquid as you can out of them. Place them in a bowl with eggs, flour, salt and pepper. Mix to combine. Heat oil over medium heat. Scoop out golf ball size spoons of the mixture and flatten into a pattie. Fry in oil for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Cool on paper towel  lined plate to absorb excess oil.

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