Zucchini Keftedes

Posted on by on March 22nd, 2012 | 20 Comments »

My poor husband. The past three months he has eaten falafel, frozen schnitzel and take out more than I would like to admit. Morning sickness prevented me from even letting him cook eggs in the house. The smell was too much to handle. But, he sucked it up and ate like a bachelor for the first time in almost 4 years. Though he said he didn’t care, I’m pretty sure there was a part of him that wanted the morning sickness to go away more than I did!

I started off slowly when I was back in the kitchen, cooking pretty bland and boring meals. But, meals none the less. I had recipes which piled up over time starring me in the face each time I entered my kitchen. And, so, it finally came time to jump back in.

These Zucchini Keftedes (fritters) are from Bon Appétit and for the first time in a long time, I followed the recipe exactly. Ok, I may have added more garlic then it called for, but in my book you can never have too much garlic. The recipe was perfect as is, filled with fresh and delicious Mediterranean ingredients and can be served as an appetizer or alongside a a beautiful fresh piece of fish (which is how I served it). I prepared a simple yogurt dip for them which really brought out the flavors nicely.

*Make sure to get as much water out of the shredded zucchini as possible. It will help keep the fritters together in the pan.

Ingredients ( From Bon Appétit) 

For Zucchini Keftedes:

1 1/3 pounds medium zucchini, trimmed
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
1 cup panko, plus more for coating fritters
1 large egg, beaten to blend
1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
Canola oil (for frying)

For Yogurt Dipping Sauce:

1 cup Greek-style yogurt
1/2 tablespoon dill
1 tablespoon lemon juice


Grate zucchini on large holes of box grater onto clean kitchen towel.
Sprinkle zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt and let stand 30 minutes.
Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
Wrap the shredded zucchini in a towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
Place shredded zucchini in mixing bowl and mix in green onions, chopped dill, mint, garlic, lemon peel, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Stir in panko and egg, then gently fold in feta cheese.
Shape mixture into 1 3/4- to 2-inch-diameter patties.
Pour some panko onto a plate and coat zucchini patties in it.
Place patties on the prepared baking sheet and chill at least 1 hour.
Pour enough canola oil into heavy large skillet to reach depth of 1/4 inch and heat over medium-high heat.
Working in batches, add patties to skillet and cook until golden and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
Using slotted metal spoon, transfer to paper towels.
Arrange keftedes on platter and serve with dipping sauce.
To make dipping sauce, place yogurt, dill and lemon juice in a bowl and mix until well combined.



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  1. Posted on: 3-22-2012

    YUM!!! These look SO good. I need to make these soon.

  2. francine
    Posted on: 3-22-2012

    Love these and they are great w beets as well!

    And I can eat the yogurt dip w a spoon! Add a little cumin to it too!

  3. Posted on: 3-22-2012

    These look so tasty and crispy! I am surprised that I have never even tasted something like this. Obviously I am missing out-definitely worth a try. Great post!

  4. Posted on: 3-22-2012

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Wow, how very exciting for you! Clearly I haven’t been keeping up, but what wonderful news! I am glad the morning sickness is over. I was one of the few lucky ducks that didn’t get morning sickness with my pregnancy (yeah, like you really wanted to hear that).
    These zucchini fritters look absolutely delightful. I always add double the amount of garlic a recipe calls for, so I am with you on that one. Beautiful photos and welcome back to the world of eating!

    • Posted on: 5-10-2012

      Haha! And then shortly after I wrote this comment, I found out I was pregnant again and had morning sickness like you wouldn’t believe. I guess I deserved that one!! Glad we’re both out of the woodwork now!

  5. Posted on: 3-22-2012

    Mmm!!! These look amazing!! The golden crust of the fritter is beautiful! I have to try these, they sound sooo good!

  6. Posted on: 3-22-2012

    Congrats on your pregnancy! I’m so excited for you! And even though they say that morning sickness is a “good sign” it still sucks. Hope you are feeling better and that you have a fabulous pregnancy.

  7. Posted on: 3-22-2012

    Aw, you’re poor husband! What a good sport he was. These fritters look amazing. I love all the awesome stuff going on in there!

  8. Posted on: 3-23-2012

    Oh, boy, do these look delicious!

    I remember those early days of pregnancy. My hubby would come in from grilling our dinner and the smell of smoke almost made me lose it. Fun times, no? But all worth it! I hope you’ll be feeling better soon~

  9. Posted on: 3-23-2012

    Oh I made something like this last year and completely forgot about it. YOur take on it looks great!

  10. Posted on: 3-23-2012

    Congrats on your pregnancy! How exciting!

    These fritters look fab and I love zucchini!

  11. Posted on: 3-23-2012

    These fritters look super delicious – especially topped with a little extra yoghurt chutney 😀

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  12. Posted on: 3-23-2012

    I agree, there is truly no such thing as too much garlic. 🙂 These look absolutely delicious and the flavors seem perfect for spring too. I hope you’re feeling better soon!

  13. Posted on: 3-23-2012

    delicious looking fritters wonderfully presented

  14. Posted on: 3-25-2012

    deliciously done a favourite way to have zucchini

  15. Posted on: 3-26-2012

    Haha I am sure your husband missed your food, but this is his child too! He’d do anything for you and baby. =) It’s great that you are back in the kitchen – more food for your hubby and yourself, and more recipes to share on this blog with us! This one looks yummy! I’ve never had it but I’d love to try this!

  16. Posted on: 3-27-2012

    These sound fantastic! I’m so glad you are feeling better!!

  17. Posted on: 3-30-2012

    Congrats dear ….. ur zucchini keftedes looks super i will must try this.

  18. Posted on: 4-1-2012

    Congratulations! On the baby. And your return to the kitchen. Not the morning sickness.

    Tru dat about the garlic. It somestimes seems like 90% of the meals I prepare contain it. At least 3 cloves when it’s used heated. 😉

    Tik tok…summer is slowly a-coming, so are zucchinis! Thanks for sharing!


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