Pantry-Friendly Zucchini Fritters with Greek Yogurt "Ranch"
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Pantry-Friendly Zucchini Fritters with Greek Yogurt "Ranch" -- these easy-to-make fritters are made with only a few ingredients and fry up tender and fluffy with a crisp exterior. The homemade greek yogurt ranch dressing is a versatile dipping sauce, too.
Makes: 8 fritters (about 4 servings)
  • For the Fritters
  • 2 medium zucchini
  • ¾ tsp pink Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 oz jack cheese (or any melting cheese), grated
  • 2 T grated pecorino cheese (or parmesan)
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • light oil for frying, such as avocado
  • fresh lemon, for serving
  • For the Greek Yogurt Ranch
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • large handful each fresh parsley, dill and/or cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 T finely chopped scallions or chives
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  1. Using the holes of a large box grater, grate zucchini. Add to a medium bowl with salt and egg. Stir to combine, then stir in flour, baking powder, cheeses and pepper. Stir well to combine. Mixture will seem thick and almost doughy, but give it a minute or two. As the salt draws the moisture out of the veggies, it will come together. Texture will be akin to that of drop biscuits.
  2. Heat a skillet to med and add enough oil to coat bottom of pan. When oil is shimmering but not smoking, drop fritter batter into pan using two tablespoons, loosely shaping into rounds, about 4 fritters at a time. Gently press batter down to make contact with pan but do not smash.
  3. Cook fritters for 5 mins per side, ensuring they remain sizzling but do not brown too quickly. (We're not looking for a quick fry here -- we need the full 5 mins to ensure the batter cooks through, so play with the heat as needed.) Flip fritters and cook another 5 mins. Remove fritters and set aside on paper towels or to a warm oven while you cook remaining fritters, adding more oil to the pan if needed.
  4. While fritters cook, stir together all ingredients for Greek Yogurt Ranch in a small bowl. Set aside.
  5. Serve fritters over greens, lentils, or grains (we used them to top a salad of spinach, marinated cabbage and watermelon here) topped with Greek Yogurt Ranch and a squeeze of lemon. Enjoy!
Add-Ins: This is a pretty neutral base recipe that can be doctored up a number of ways. Swap the neutral jack cheese for pepper jack, aged cheddar or even feta or blue cheese, if you're looking for a stronger flavor profile. Add chilies or jalapenos for spice, or use a dried seasoning blend of your choice to ramp things up: chili powder and cumin for a taco-inspired situation, or finely chopped fresh parsley, garlic and cumin for a more mediterranean spin.
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