Zucchini Pancakes

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Zucchini Pancakes
Zucchini Pancakes
Molly Aronica

Zucchini Pancakes

Growing up, my grandfather would grow zucchini in his backyard, so one dish that automatically transports me to those summer visits with him is zucchini pancakes. Like my grandfather's recipe for meatballs, the key to these zucchini pancakes is knowing when the batter "feels" right — the ratio of shredded zucchini to flour to eggs is based much more on texture then on an exact measurement of ingredients. If you're using three zucchini, start with two eggs and a quarter cup of flour, then add from there until the mixture is just bound together. 

Ready in
45 m, plus draining time
4
Servings
223
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
12-15 pancakes

Ingredients

  • 3 medium-sized gray zucchini
  • 2 Teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 Tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 Cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1 Teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder

Directions

At least 4 hours before you're ready to fry the pancakes, peel 1 of the zucchini and then shred all of them using a grater. Bundle the shreds into a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth and place in a colander set over a large bowl. Salt the zucchini evenly, then weigh down the zucchini with a heavy plate or bowl. Place the whole thing in the refrigerator and let the zucchini drain for at least a few hours. 

When you're ready to cook the pancakes, preheat the oven to 200 degrees.

Heat the oil in a cast-iron skillet (or any other heavy-bottomed frying pan) over high heat. Pat the zucchini dry to remove any remaining moisture, then transfer to a dry mixing bowl. Add 2 of the eggs and ¼ cup of the flour, then mix and add the remaining egg and flour if the mixture is still not coming together fully. Stir in the garlic, cayenne, and onion powder.

Add the zucchini batter to the pan in spoonfuls, making sure to fry only a few at a time so as not to crowd them. Let the pancakes cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, and line a plate with paper towels for draining. After each batch of pancakes has drained slightly, transfer them to a baking sheet and put them in the oven to keep warm and crisp-up. Serve immediately after the batches are complete. 

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
14g
22%
Sugar
4g
N/A
Saturated Fat
2g
11%
Cholesterol
120mg
40%
Protein
8g
15%
Carbs
18g
6%
Vitamin A
76µg
8%
Vitamin B12
0.3µg
4.8%
Vitamin B6
0.3mg
16.7%
Vitamin C
27mg
45%
Vitamin D
0.6µg
0.2%
Vitamin E
4mg
18%
Vitamin K
7µg
9%
Calcium
49mg
5%
Fiber
2g
8%
Folate (food)
56µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
97µg
24%
Folic acid
24µg
N/A
Iron
2mg
11%
Magnesium
35mg
9%
Monounsaturated
3g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
2mg
8%
Phosphorus
141mg
20%
Polyunsaturated
8g
N/A
Potassium
463mg
13%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.4mg
21.7%
Sodium
482mg
20%
Thiamin (B1)
0.2mg
13.8%
Zinc
1mg
7%

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