Recipe: Zucchini Fritters with Dill Tzatziki

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08 Mar Recipe: Zucchini Fritters with Dill Tzatziki

It’s not unusual for me to get excited over a cookbook. But every once in a while one resonates with me on so many levels that I just want to curl up on the couch, cradle it in my arms and stroke its pages. And The Kitchen Garden Cookbook is my latest crush. It’s as if they made it just for me and my garden-loving, sun-deprived soul.

The premise is simple. Develope seasonal recipes around the bounty you grow in your vegetable patch (and I swear, this year I’m planting one since my sister won’t be setting up another wedding marquis that usurps the entire side yard). While the photos are enticing, and each recipes has handy quick tips on when to pick and how to eat, store, preserve or freeze, I  just love the way they think — like a gardener. The recipes are organized by seasonal bounty, not by courses.

As gardeners know, crops are unpredictable. One day you’re worrying about whether or not your peas will produce and the next you’re faced with enough pods to fill a bathtub. To make the most of the bumper crop in question, I usually riffle through various cookbook indexes to locate all applicable recipes, which are inevitably scattered throughout the book. So I grab a pencil, scribble down page numbers (a few of which inadvertently transpose) and then I flip, flip, flip to find inspriation. But with this? Pick a veggie, any veggie. Go to its growing season and you’ve got your delicious answers.

Because at the moment nothing is growing but my frustration at the weather, I chose a recipe for Shrove Tuesday —  Zucchini Fritters with Dill Tzatasziki. The twist? They’re made with ricotta cheese. Unlike my doughy ricotta gnochi, the results were very light on the inside and crispy on the outside. Good thing I don’t observe Lent because I’m not about to wait another 40 days to eat these again.

Tonight’s pancake dinner will feature this recipe as well as  corn fritters and warm pea pancakes – all from this book. And I haven’t even explored the cilantro section.

I think this crush could develop into a meaningful relationship.

 

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4 Comments
  • Mama Kelly aka Jia
    Posted at 20:14h, 08 March Reply

    I love zucchini anything. And these sound just delish! I love the use of fresh herbs!!

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 19:31h, 09 March Reply

      These are addictive. You’re right. The herbs are lovely — and the ricotta keeps them so light. Even my husband, who doesn’t like zucchini, enjoyed them.

  • wgfoodie
    Posted at 18:19h, 09 March Reply

    mmm zucchini fritters! probably on my list of top fritter renditions. Love the pairing of tzaziki sauce as well.

    • Charmian Christie
      Posted at 19:32h, 09 March Reply

      The tzatziki was the perfect finish. I wasn’t so sure at first and now, I can’t imagine eating them without it.

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