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Zucchini Fritters

Zucchini Fritters
Yields 20
Make sure to squeeze as much water out of the zucchini as you can; too much moisture can weigh down these light fritters. Serve alongside salad overflowing with summer veggies.
  1. 6 cups grated zucchini (about 2 to 3 medium zucchini)
  2. 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  3. 1 cup ricotta
  4. ¼ cup chopped scallions (about 3 scallions), white and light green parts only
  5. ⅓ cup chopped fresh dill
  6. ⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley
  7. ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
  8. 1 egg, lightly beaten
  9. ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  10. Olive oil, for frying
  11. Sea salt, for sprinkling
  12. 1 cup warm marinara sauce, for serving (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 250°F. Line a baking sheet with a cooling rack and set aside.
  2. Spread grated zucchini on a plate or baking sheet double-lined with paper towels. Cover with more paper towels and let drain for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Stir bread crumbs, ricotta, scallions, herbs, flour, egg, and salt in a medium bowl until well combined. Set aside. Squeeze zucchini to release as much liquid as possible. Add zucchini to the batter and mix well. Batter should be lumpy but hold together and spoon easily—if it feels loose, add 1 additional tablespoon of flour.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy-bottom skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop about ¼ cup batter per fritter and fry in batches, 3 or 4 at a time, depending on the size of your skillet. Cook fritters until golden-brown, about 2 minutes per side. If oil starts to smoke, turn heat down to medium and continue frying. Transfer fritters to the cooling rack and place in the oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil as needed.
  5. Sprinkle fritters with sea salt and serve immediately with warm marinara sauce, if desired.
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Molly Shuster

Molly is a freelance food stylist, writer and recipe developer. She is one of the co-recipe editors of Gather Journal and has had her work published in various publications including Boston Magazine, Yankee Magazine, The New York Times, Food and Wine, Family Fun, The Boston Globe and Edible Vineyard, among others. Molly currently divides her time between New York and Boston.