Zucchini Patties with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

zucchini patties

These tasty little patties can be made “mini” and served as one-bite appetizers with dollops of yogurt cucumber sauce on top.  Or, serve three small patties topped with sauce as a lovely starter.

For a simple yogurt cucumber sauce, start with one cup of plain yogurt. Combine it with grated cucumber (from a skinned and seeded cucumber). Add some minced fresh mint, fresh lemon juice, and minced garlic to taste. Season with salt.

Keep this recipe dairy free by skipping the feta cheese and replacing the egg with a mixture of 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed with 3 tablespoons water (stir and allow it to sit for several minutes before adding to zucchini mixture). Replace the sauce with fresh lemon wedges.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups grated zucchini (about 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion (about 1/2 medium onion)
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • olive oil, for shallow pan frying
  • fresh lemon wedges, for garnish

Procedure:

  1. Put the grated zucchini in the center of a clean towel and twist it as tightly as possible to extract as much juice as possible.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the zucchini, onion, flour, feta cheese, lemon juice, mint, parsley, nutmeg, garlic salt, crushed red pepper, and egg. Season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Mix until ingredients clump together and can be shaped into patties.
  3. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, drop patties into oil and fry for 2-3 minutes on each side, until a brown crust forms. Drain well on paper towels. Serve hot with fresh lemon wedges or yogurt cucumber sauce.

One Response to Zucchini Patties with Yogurt Cucumber Sauce

  1. Shirley Gilbert March 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Hi Kris: I loved these zucchini patties and will try and make some. Just returned from Shanghai visiting Lisa and you really have to take this opportunity and visit with her. She has a great apartment and Shanghai is truly a fascinating city…so amazing.

    Just wondering if you will be in Santa Barbara over the Memorial Day weekend. We’re going to SB for a birthday party and would love to meet with you and Michael if you are there.

    Let us know…

    Love, Shirley

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