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Zucchini Fritters

So for breakfast this morning I decided to make zucchini fritters.  In one of those highly anticipated moments of pure bliss, heaven and earth came together in a flash of blinding light when I stumbled upon a recipe that looked good (in Food and Wine) and actually had all of the ingredients on hand.  Not only that, but I was hoping to use up some zucchini and the rest of some ricotta cheese before our vacation starts on Saturday.

Those moments are just the best, aren’t they?

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  • 2 medium zucchini, coarsely grated
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 C ricotta cheese
  • 3/4 C whole-wheat flour
  • 3 leeks, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 t salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all the ingredients, mixing in the flour last until just combined.

So easy.

Traditionally, you would fry these fritters in olive oil for a few minutes on each side.  That’s what the magazine said.  I, however, would like to be able to wear a bikini and therefore baked and broiled my fritters.  But it’s up to you.  I won’t judge you either way.

Drop spoonfuls of the zucchini mixture on an oiled baking sheet and flatten with the back of a spoon (this recipe should make about 20 fritters).  Bake them for 5-10 minutes on the middle rack, then turn the broiler on and broil for a few minutes on each side, until they are golden and crispy.  You may have to do these in two batches.

I really liked these; Fritz, however, did not at all.  He ate one bite and then quietly packed them up into a Tupperware, trying not to hurt my feelings.

They weren’t hurt.  More fritters for me!

You can recrisp these in the oven, set at 350, for a few minutes on each side.

Fritters aside, I spent all day reorganizing the apartment and somehow managed to fully complete the main room.  I rearranged furniture, went through piles of books, and did a lot of dusting.  It’s amazing how we fit so much stuff into such a small space!  To show you the extent of my work, here’s on example–the dreaded linen (and everything else) closet.  Before:

And after!

The most fun part about doing this kind of reorganizing is when you first start and the house looks like it was completely ransacked–though Henry was so excited to have new places to play sleep.

Here’s some of the finished product–including the table piled with goods to donate and/or sell:

And of course I can’t forget CSA box number 10!  Boxes number 11 and 12 are going to be picked up by a friend of mine to enjoy while we are on vacation–I’ll miss them…but I’m pretty sure it’ll be worth it!

Good night!

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  1. Nicole

    Those fritters look SO good! (And that pic of your cat sleeping made me laugh. So cute!). :)

  2. emily

    i stumbled upon your blog today and you are my new favorite!
    i love your healthy recipes and just your style, wit and humor.
    i’m also inspired by all your reading! i want to make my way through that list of books too!

    can i gush anymore? you’re just great.
    can’t wait to try some of these recipes on my own!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      oh my gosh you just totally made my day! thanks so much :) YOU’RE great ;)

  3. Erica Julson

    Hey I made these this weekend too! I thought they were just okay.. they were missing something though. There was no pop of exciting flavor. But that was my first time ever making/trying fritters!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I definitely think I would experiment with something a little more exciting next time around…maybe addingsome turkey bacon? hmmm….

  4. katshealthcorner

    Henry is so cute!! :) Haha, I love his new sleeping places! Cats seems to never fail to find a place to sleep. :)

  5. Melissa

    I love the pictures on this post and I absolutely love the layout of your blog!

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thank you very much!

  6. anna

    Hi there!
    This recipe looks really very interesting but, with no offence, where are the leeks?
    What I can see in the relative photo are three spring onions… Leeks or green onions after all?
    Thank you in advance

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      sorry, I forgot to specify–they are baby leeks :) look just like spring onions!

      1. Anna

        Thank you for the reply!
        It’s a pitty because we can’t find such kind of leeks over here so we’ll stick with the spring onions after all….
        Thanks again:-)

  7. Irina

    Baking them is a great idea! Zucchini fritters are one of my childhood’s favourite things and I wanted to make them so many times, but the idea of frying something (especially now, in this weather) …now I’ll go buy some zucchini and do them!

  8. Jess

    Those look awesome. My boyfriend is not a fan of stuff like zucchini fritters so I usually talk myself out of making them. I think I’ll have to give these a try though. Just because his mother traumatized him by unsuccessfully trying to sneak vegetables is no reason I have to suffer!

  9. tryityoumightlikeit

    I’ve made zucchini fritters before but thought they were too greasy. Now I know that I can bake them in the oven.

  10. Kelly

    These fritters look absolutely delicious and your car Henry is SO cute!! Love your blog and looking forward to future posts! xoxo

  11. Laura @ Family Spice

    I love that you baked the fritters! I will have to try this out myself – YUM!

  12. Barefeet In The Kitchen

    These look great. I made your Split Pea Soup the other day and it was wonderful. Thanks again for that recipe!

  13. Stephanie Russell

    Gorgeous! I’ve been looking for a great recipe for zucchini fritters so I totally struck gold today. :-) Will definitely have to give these a whirl soon. Cute kitty!

  14. Lindsey@Lindselicious

    Hi, first time at your blog… These fritters look awesome and I love that you baked them!! Bookmarking this to try soon!

  15. ziabaki

    Lovely post! I will try this fritters with rice flour and see how they work!
    Thanks for the recipe as I have a nice fat zucchini in the fridge as I write that has “for fritters” written all over it.

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      I still have a few more that I have to find something to do with them…hmmm…

  16. myfudomyfudo

    Hi, I’m looking for fritters that would delight our morning weekends and I stumbled upon your blog. Your fritters look enticing, I would love to have it with olive oils.

    Nice place you’ve got and cutie kitty :)

    -Tayloy Bailey (tresdelicious@gmail.com)

    1. Lauren Zietsman


  17. colourfulpalatedotcom

    These look amazing! I’m gonna have to try them sometime!
    I don’t think I’ve ever been to your site before and I LOVE it…it’s beautiful! And I love, love your profile picture…you just shine with joy! :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      thanks! best compliment ever!!

  18. Jennifer Garner

    these were good, but they definitely took at least 30 minutes in the oven. I ended up having to finish them up on the stove. any suggestions?

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      Hmm weird mine were so fast! Try making them thinner–maybe I had more zucchini (therefore thinner/higher water content) than yours, make sure you preheat the oven ahead of time, and maybe move them closer to a broiler? Not sure…sorry!

  19. Sara B.

    I’ve been buying lots of zucchini at the farmers’ market this summer. So, this recipe will definitely come in handy the next time I come home with some!

  20. liz

    Guess what’s for breakfast tomorrow ayem ???
    yep…. your zucchini fritters !!
    goin’ to the grocery store NOW for ricotta cheese, hee :)

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      enjoy! wish I had some for breakfast tomorrow :)

  21. liz

    THEY were delicious !!! and made them even MORE heavenly (fattening) by grating fresh asiago cheese on them, bacon and eggs just won’t cut it any more :D

    1. Lauren Zietsman

      yum! I love me some asiago cheese!!

  22. teacher-chef

    I made these last night and we LOVED them – although mine were not quite as pretty as yours (I didn’t even photograph ‘em). The flavors were awesome but I think next time I will pan fry with just a little oil – I had trouble getting them pretty and to crisp up evenly. YUM & thanks for sharing :-)

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