I’ve been sick for the last couple of days. I think it’s from walking through all those puddles. Everyone knows germs get in through your feet, that’s why moms insist that their kids wear socks.
When I’m sick I crave comfort foods. One of my favourite comfort foods is french fries, but I wasn’t about to start peeling potatoes in my current state. So I started thinking about what else could satisfy my craving for deep-fried goodness. It hit me as I was looking through the vegetables in my fridge: zucchini fritters.
But I didn’t just want fritters. I wanted something cheesy to dip them in. The only cheese I had was goat cheese. Goat cheese dip sounded pretty good to me. Since I’m sick I decided to throw something healthy into the mix, the first cherry tomatoes from my balcony tomato plant.
The fritters and dip were delicious, but to be honest my favourite part of the meal were the tomatoes. There was something so satisfying about eating fresh tomatoes, bursting with flavour, that I grew myself.
I used Martha Stewart’s Zucchini Fritter recipe, and I based my dip on this recipe from Chatelaine.
- 1 medium zucchini, grated
- 1/2 tsp salt
- zest of 1 lemon
- a handful of parsley, chopped
- chives, chopped
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup flour
- oil for frying
- Combine the zucchini, salt, parsley, chives, egg and pepper in a bowl. Mix well.
- Add the flour and mix until there are no lumps of flour.
- Heat the oil in a small pan. Using a tablespoon take a small amount and make a ball with the batter.
- Fry 4 or 5 of the balls for 2-3 minutes a side until golden brown.
- Once cooked place on a paper towel lined plate to drain the oil.
Goat Cheese Dip
- 140 gram package goat cheese
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp salt
- chives for garnish
- Mix all ingredients except for the chives in a small bowl until well combined. If the mixture is too thick and more yogurt.
- Top with chopped chives.
12 thoughts on “Zucchini Fritters and Balcony Garden Harvest”
I think you have a colorful, beautiful, healthy and tasty little plate of comfort food and how cool that the tomatoes came from your balcony:-)
Oooh, these are perfect for the extra zucchini lounging in the fridge! And yay for you for growing those perfect tomatoes. I’ve killed many a balcony plant. I’m not even going to attempt to grow veggies :)
That looks perfect for when you’re not feeling up to snuff! I love eating cherry tomatoes right off the vine. mmmmm :-) Hope you’re feeling better soon!! Kate
I love recipes that use up zucchini. It is such a hard vegetable to use up and there are only so many things you can do with them.
Zucchini fritters are such an awesome way to deal with zucchini overload. Love the idea of pairing them with that goat cheese dip dip!
(And yes, food always tastes a million times better when you’ve grown it yourself… I’m dying to have my first homegrown tomato of the season, though my vines aren’t being very cooperative this year)
Home grown foods always taste best. These fritters look delicious…I’m loving all the new zucchini recipes out there lately :)
That goat cheese dip is inspiring – I am just starting to get over my obsession with a creamy basil dip and it might be time to move on to this goat cheese dip instead!
I love cooking with produce fresh from the garden! Lovely dish!
Lovely recipe and the tomatoes looks so yums! You must be so proud!
LOL i keep killing plants, but tomatoes i can deal with, and your plant is inspiring me to do that next summer. sigh, i love anything fried. so wrong, but oh-so-good!