Thursday, July 16, 2009

Zucchini Cakes

There comes a time in every cook's life when she is faced with an abundance of one ingredient. And then she commences to cook that one ingredient in every possible form known to mankind.

Enter zucchini. Lots of it. My husband is lucky to have a boss that has something between your typical backyard garden and an abundantly productive farm and lately he has been bringing in zucchini. By the bucketful. While I will never turn away a fresh squash, I've lately been worried I might turn into one.

I've been sauteeing, adding to salads, even making up recipes (which involved brie and breadcrumbs and were not so good). Tonight I tried Paula Deen's Squash and Zucchini Cakes (with just the zucchini, of course). I also halved the recipe and used Italian flavored breadcrumbs, thus eliminating the need for Italian seasoning and I served the cakes with a tomato salad rather than the marinara sauce. Although they may not be the most beautiful dish, the result was something like a latke, nicely flavored, and would make a great dinner party hors d'oeuvres. To see how pretty Paula Deen's turned out, click here.
Squash and Zucchini Cakes
Serves 6

3 medium zucchini
3 medium yellow squash
1 cup toasted bread crumbs
1 cup shredded Parmesan
1/3 cup minced Vidalia onion
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 jar store-bought marinara sauce

Grate zucchini and squash with a fine grater. Press between paper towels to remove excess moisture (this took more time than I thought).

In a medium bowl, combine grated zucchini and squash and next 7 ingredients. Shape mixture into 2-inch patties, pressing together firmly.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Cook squash and zucchini cakes 3-4 minutes per side until lightly browned.

Place on a serving platter and serve with marinara sauce.

1 comment:

Amy said...

This happened to my family when I was growing up. My dad discovered he could grow zucchini and it was a disaster. We must have had 15 zucchini sitting there, waiting to be used and Dad was so proud of them didn't want to waste a single one.

We made zucchini bread (which tasted weirdly like banana bread) and zucchini pie (which weirdly tasted like pumpkin pie). It got so bad my sister and I started sneaking away with zucchini and trashing them, just to make it stop.

Wish we'd had this recipe, as it looks pretty tasty.

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