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by Alessandra Rovati, Dinner in Venice
Alessandra Rovati was born and raised in Venice, Italy and writes about Kosher and Jewish Italian food and teaches cooking. She is sharing her recipe for a special Hanukkah treat – Frittelle di Zucchine, Zucchini Fritters. This recipe can be prepared either dairy or parve.We think it is great all year round!
2 medium zucchini
1 scant cup flour
3/4 cup milk, unsweetened soy milk or (for a lighter version) water
1/2 cup grated parmigiano cheese (optional)
1 clove garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon freshly minced parsley or mint
Abundant olive oil for frying. preferably a mild-flavored extra-virgin oil, not too acidic
Grate the zucchini, season them with salt and place them in a colander in your sink, with a weight on top. Allow them to drain for about one hour.
In the meantime, prepare a batter whisking the milk (or cold water) with the eggs, the cheese (if using), the flour, the pressed garlic, herbs and pepper. Do not add salt to the batter.
Rinse the grated zucchini in the colander, drain them and dry them very well with paper towel. Add the zucchini to the batter and combine well. In a deep and heavy skillet pour at least 2 inches of oil or more (if there is too little oil, its temperature will drop when you add the cold batter, allowing the fritters to absorb way too much oil). Heat the oil over medium/high heat (if using a fryer with a thermometer, the temperature should be about 365 degrees). If you don’t have a thermometer, the oil is ready when a small piece of bread dropped in the skillet forms bubbles all around it. Drop the batter into the pan using a tablespoon and your index finger. Do not overcrowd the pan with too many fritters, because this would cause the oil temperature to drop, with a greasy result. Fry in batches.
Once they are golden, remove them with a slotted spoon and drop them onto 2 or 3 layers of paper towels to drain. Do not put paper towel on top, or the steam trapped inside will make the fritters soggy! Paper towel should be only at the bottom. Just turn them after 30 seconds or so to dry the other side.
Continue frying in batches until you have used up all the batter. After drying with paper towel, sprinkle with salt. You can keep them warm in a 200 F oven, uncovered.
Recipes: Side Dishes, Zucchini, Fritters, Dairy or Parve, Kosher