Zippy Zucchini Fritters
Andy Anderson !
Zucchini is a Summer vegetable, and this dish goes good as a meal in itself, or you could make the fritters about half the size and use them an a nice appetizer at your next soiree.
3 Tbsprice vinegar, unseasoned
1 1/2 tspwhite sugar, granulated
1/2 tspcrushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 1/2 lbzucchini squash (680 grams)
1/2 tspsalt, table variety, double if using kosher salt
1 largeegg, 2 to 3 ounces (56 to 85 grams)
1/8 cflour, all purpose
1 Tbspcorn starch, or arrowroot powder
1/t tspblack pepper, freshly ground
How to Make Zippy Zucchini Fritters
- While the ingredients in the dipping sauce are getting to know each other, let's start on the fritters.
Peel the zucchini , and then grate them using the large holes of a box grater.
Chef's Tip: Look for smooth, blemish-free squashes. A small, tender squash is preferable to an oversized, seedy one.
If not using straight away, Place squash in a produce bag in the vegetable bin of the refrigerator. If they were fresh, they should last up to a week.
- Chef's Note: Corn Starch Versus Arrowroot Powder
Some people have an allergy to corn products... I've found that arrowroot powder performs a similar function... problem solved.
Chef's Note: Problems with Flour
Because of the gluten content of flour, it's not unusual to find people who can't do flour. A good friend of mine loves baked goods... bread, cookies, cake, you name it, she love it; however, after she eats flour-based products, she feels miserable the rest of the day.
This may not be the solution for everybody, but...
Most of the flour that we consume has been genetically engineered, and one of the problems with making our lives better through chemistry (yeah right), genetically engineered flour has a ton more gluten. REALLY... a whole ton of the stuff. And I'l be honest with you, you can try all you want with substitutions for flour, but it won't be the same.
I found a site that grows and sells heirloom wheat (ansonmills.com). It's real honest-to-goodness non-geneticly engineered wheat, but it's gluten content is WAY lower.
I got it for my friend, and guess what? She's eating real wheat products... and no problem. If you have slight problems with wheat products because of the gluten, you might want to explore heirloom wheat. Of all the sites that sell heirloom wheat, I like Ansonmills the best.