Courtesy of Albert Watmough
LOW-CARB ZUCCHINI FRITTERS
INGREDIENTS: 3 medium zucchini 2 large eggs 2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut flour 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for sweating zucchini
DIRECTIONS: 1. Dice the zucchini. Add to a food processor. Pulse until shredded, scrap down sides as needed. 2. Transfer the zucchini to a strainer, then
place in a large bowl. Lightly salt and let sit (or “sweat”) for 20 minutes, tossing occasionally. The salt will help draw the excess moisture out of the zucchini. 3. Wrap the zucchini in a clean cloth. Firmly squeeze the zucchini to remove more moisture, repeating as needed. 4. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs. Combine the shredded zucchini, eggs, garlic, spices, coconut flour and Parmesan cheese (if using) in a large bowl. Stir well. If the mixture is too watery, add more coconut flour, one tablespoon at a time. 5. Warm oil in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Form 1/4 cup scoops of zucchini mixture into small patties. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining mixture, add more oil as necessary. 6. Serve warm and with sour cream, scallions and more parsley. Or enjoy all on their own!
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