Zucchini Fritter Cakes
Zucchini never tasted as good as in these crispy, cheesy cakes topped with a tomato salsa.
- 2 zucchini, halved lengthwise
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cans stewed tomatoes or diced tomatoes with green chilies (15 ounces each can), lightly drained
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 eggs
- 1 small onion
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (a generous handful)
- 2 tablespoons each parsley and mint, finely chopped
- A small handful of basil or tarragon leaves, shredded
- Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) or vegetable oil for shallow frying
- 2 scallions, sliced on an angle
Pre-heat the oven to 275°F.
Place a wire rack on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Scrape out the seeds from the zucchini with a spoon. Shred the zucchini on a box grater. In a strainer or colander, salt the zucchini and let drain for a few minutes. Press out any excess liquid.
In a large saucepan, heat the tomatoes over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
In a large bowl, add the flour and baking powder. Make a well in the center and add the milk and egg.
Whisk together the milk and egg, then incorporate the flour. Stir in the zucchini. Grate the onion into the mixture. Grate in the garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cheese and herbs.
In a large skillet, heat a thin layer of oil over medium-high heat. Drop 3-inch cakes of batter into the pan in batches. Cook, flipping once, until golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Keep warm in the oven.
To serve, top the fritters with the tomatoes and scallions.