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Squash Fritters with parsley and dill

Squash is a popular vegetable in Turkish cuisine. One of the most beloved dishes made with squash is a simple fritter seasoned with fresh herbs. It's easy to prepare and you'll be surprised how much your family and guests will enjoy them. And more than that, the high levels of some essential nutrients make squash a healthy, delicious dish. Try these fritters that are traditionally served as an appetizer, better known as ‘meze’, or as a side dish.

Preparation

Shred the squash on the large holes of a box grater or in a food processor fitted with the shredding disk. Transfer the squash to a fine mesh strainer and set over a bowl. Toss the squash with the salt and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wring all of the excess liquid out of the squash with your hands, then set aside. 

Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Mix in the dried squash, spring onions, dill, parsley, garlic and black pepper. Sprinkle the corn starch and baking powder over mixture and stir until uniformly incorporated. 

Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Drop 2-tablespoon sized portions into the pan. Then use the back of a spoon to gently press the batter into 5 centimeters wide fritters. Pan-fry until golden brown on both sides, 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the fritters to a paper towel-lined plate. Wipe the skillet clean with paper towels. Return the skillet to medium heat, add the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, and repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm or room temperature with lemon wedges.

June 2015_Fried Squash  


Ingredients

For 12 fritters 

  • 1 pound squash (about 2 medium), trimmed 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 2 spring onions, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill 
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley 
  • 1 medium garlic clove, minced or pressed through a garlic press 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch or all purpose flour 
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil Lemon wedges, for serving

Squash – Cucurbita pepo

Squashes are an easily digestible, low-calorie vegetable with a high fibre content. Their high concentrations of potassium, magnesium and folic acid mean that they are good for your blood pressure and for protecting you against heart and vascular diseases.