Easy, cheesy and downright delicious, these fritters are winners from breakfast to supper time, and at any time in between. They make a great way to tackle a zucchini glut, whether you’ve grown them yourself, had them thrust upon you by a green-thumbed neighbour, or stocked up at the shops while their season is in full swing. Alyce Alexandra’s fritter base is made in a flash in the Thermomix, and from there it’s simply a matter of firing up a frying pan slicked with nutty macadamia oil.
This recipe works well with medium-sized “zukes”—small ones are fine too but avoid really big ones, as they can tend towards bitterness and have larger seeds. Whatever you do, be sure to follow Alyce’s direction to squeeze the water out of the grated zucchini as hard as you can—your fritters will be tastier and easier to handle in the pan if you can keep the water content to a minimum.
They are excellent just as they come, but if you fancy polishing your cafe-breakfast cred, consider topping your fritters with a poached egg; for lunch or supper, a side of salad and spoonful of tomato relish will round them out into a meal.
- Place zucchini and 1 teaspoon of salt in TM bowl, chop for 2 seconds/speed 5, or until coarsely grated. Tip out onto a clean tea towel and wring to release as much liquid as possible. The more liquid you squeeze out, the firmer your fritters will be.
- In a clean TM bowl place cheese, grate for 3 seconds/speed 8.
- Add mint, parsley and spring onions, chop 2 seconds/speed 8.
- Add grated zucchini, flour, egg and remaining 1 teaspoon of salt, mix 20 seconds/Reverse/speed 3. You want a stiff mixture; if the mixture is too wet, mix in additional flour.
- Heat a tablespoon of macadamia oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add 3–4 large spoonfuls of mixture and flatten slightly with the back of a spatula. Cook for 3 minutes each side, or until golden and cooked through. Repeat with remaining mixture, adding additional macadamia oil.
AND … Have a warm plate or a low oven ready to help your first batch of fritters keep warm on paper towel while you fry the second round