Zucchini Keftedes with Feta and Dill

Zucchini Keftedes with Feta and Dill

These zucchini fritters are the perfect way to start the meal.

Fun and inventive, they add a twist to the regular appetizer menu.

Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup panko (japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 1 large egg, beaten to blend
  • 1 cup coarsely crumbled feta cheese
  • Canola oil (for frying)
  • Plain whole-milk or reduced-fat Greek-style yogurt (for garnish)
  • Additional chopped fresh dill (for garnish)

Ingredient info: Panko is available in the Asian foods section of most supermarkets and at Asian markets. Greek-style yogurt is a thick yogurt that’s sold at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores.

Preparation

Grate zucchini on large holes of box grater onto clean kitchen towel. Sprinkle zucchini with 1 teaspoon coarse salt; let stand at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.

Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment or foil. Wrap zucchini in towel; squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Place zucchini in medium bowl. Mix in green onions, 3 tablespoons chopped dill, mint, garlic, lemon peel, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Gently stir in panko and egg, then feta. Using 2 tablespoons zucchini mixture for each, shape mixture into 1 3/4- to 2-inch-diameter patty; place on baking sheet. Chill at least 1 hour. DO AHEAD: can be made 4 hours ahead. Keep chilled.

Pour enough canola oil into heavy large skillet to reach depth of 1/4 inch; heat over medium-high heat. Working in batches, add patties to skillet. Cook until golden and cooked through, adjusting heat if browning too quickly, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Using slotted metal spoon, transfer to paper towels.

Arrange keftedes on platter. Top each with dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle each with dill. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Zucchini-Keftedes-with-Feta-and-Dill-364592#ixzz2MFsElmV5

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