* gluten free!
Summer is here which means Summer Squash is everywhere. Whether it is planted in your garden, a friend’s garden, or at the markets, it can be challenging to avoid. As delicious as it is on its own, sometimes it’s nice to have some inspiration to use that squash in fun new ways.
Yield: About 10 2 1/2 inch fritters
1 pound (about 2 medium) zucchini
½ to 1 teaspoon sea salt
2 scallions, split lengthwise and sliced thin (OR ½ medium onion)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 packet of Spice Blend 1
3 Tbsp brown rice flour
1 Tbsp white rice flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
To serve (optional)
½ cup plain yogurt
1 to 2 tablespoon lime juice
1 Tbsp raw honey
1/4 teaspoon lime zest
Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Have a baking sheet ready.
Trim ends off zucchini and grate them using the large holes of a box grater.
In a large bowl, toss zucchini with sea salt and set aside for 10 minutes. To wring out excess moisture, press zucchini in a clean dishtowel or piece of cheese cloth.
Return zucchini shreds to bowl. Most salt rinses out when the zucchini is pressed so adjust salt to taste if needed. Stir in scallions, egg and the contents of the spice packet. Whisk together flours and baking powder and combine with your zucchini mixture.
In a large heavy skillet heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet only a few at a time (the number you can fit depends on your pan size). Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium.
Flip the fritters and cook them on the other side until browned underneath again, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet and then into the warm oven until needed. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter.
If making topping, stir together the yogurt, lime juice, zest, and honey and adjust the flavors to your taste. Dollop on each fritter before serving.