Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil

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Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil
Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil
Viviane Bauquet Farre

Zucchini Fritters with Sweet Basil

These little fritters are the quintessential summer appetizer or hors d’oeuvre. Adults love them, kids love them, even picky eaters love them. They’re as addictive as they are easy to prepare. The basil leaves become crispy as they fry, while the lemon zest adds a bit of zing to the batter.

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4
Servings
158
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
about 36 fritters

Notes

*Note: Using baby zucchini is essential for this recipe. Larger ones have too much moisture. They’ll get soggy as they cook and cause the hot oil to splatter.

**Note: Click here to see the Tomato Coulis with Shallots and White Wine Recipe.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 Teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 Cups warm water
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 baby zucchini, about 6 inches long, trimmed and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices*
  • 24 basil leaves, large ones torn in half, small ones left whole
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Vegetable oil, for pan-frying
  • 1 Cup tomato coulis**

Directions

Mix the flour, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Add the water and whisk until the batter is smooth. Cover and let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Then, whisk the egg into the batter until well blended. Add the zucchini, basil, and lemon zest and stir well, separating the zucchini slices so they’re well distributed throughout the batter. There should be enough batter to just coat the ingredients.

Heat 1/8-inch oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over high heat. Grab 1 slice of zucchini and 1 or 2 pieces of basil with a spoon (fingers help with this job, too!) and drop the fritter into the hot oil. Repeat so that the fritters lay in 1 layer in the pan. Do not overcrowd the pan or the fritters will stick together and it will be harder to flip them.

Sauté the fritters until golden-brown, about 2-3 minutes. Flip the fritters and continue to sauté until golden brown on the other side, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels. Repeat until all fritters have been used, reducing the heat to medium-high when the pan gets very hot so the oil doesn’t burn. Season the fritters with sea salt, to taste.

Place fritters in the center of each plate. Spoon the tomato coulis next to them or spoon into individual serving bowls. Serve the fritters piping hot.

Zucchini Shopping Tip

Buy zucchini that is intact and has glossy skin. Avoid zucchini with brown or soft spots.

Zucchini Cooking Tip

Zucchini has a very high water content, lightly salt your zucchini prior to cooking so your dish does not become to watery.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
3g
5%
Sugar
1g
N/A
Saturated Fat
0.6g
2.9%
Cholesterol
47mg
16%
Protein
5g
11%
Carbs
26g
9%
Vitamin A
45µg
5%
Vitamin B12
0.1µg
1.9%
Vitamin C
9mg
14%
Vitamin D
0.3µg
0.1%
Vitamin E
0.8mg
4.2%
Vitamin K
16µg
20%
Calcium
26mg
3%
Fiber
2g
6%
Folate (food)
24µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
106µg
26%
Folic acid
48µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
11%
Magnesium
18mg
4%
Monounsaturated
2g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
11%
Phosphorus
75mg
11%
Polyunsaturated
0.7g
N/A
Potassium
182mg
5%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.2mg
13.2%
Sodium
258mg
11%
Thiamin (B1)
0.3mg
17.9%
Zinc
0.5mg
3.5%

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