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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Zucchini Pancakes

Our neighbors Lothar and Anita grow the most beautiful garden. Every summer Lothar tells me about his wife Anita's zucchini pancakes.  I don't know what Anita puts in hers but I decided to try making my own version.  I had some pepper jack and Parmesan cheeses in the fridge, some Panko bread crumbs, and 1/2 of a cut onion.

I grated my zucchini on my hand grater for this small amount so why not just grate the onion along with it.  Saves time and mess.  Be sure to squeeze most of the liquid from the grated veggies or your cakes will fall apart when it cooks.  I just grab it in my IMPECCABLY clean hands and squeeze the life out of it.

Use white bread crumbs instead of Panko; substitute chives for the onions.  Change up the cheese and add your choice of fresh herbs or garlic.  I left them out this time because of the pepper jack cheese.  I also had an open jar of my homemade tomato sauce open in the fridge to sauce these with but you could top this with lots of other things.  Use what you have.  That's what this recipe is all about.  AND WAS IT EVER GOOD!!!  I wouldn't lie to you about that.  I ate three (I know!, but they were little).

Zucchini Cakes

2 cups of grated zucchini, squeezed dry
2 eggs, beaten
¼ cup of grated yellow onion, squeezed dry
½ cup of Panko bread crumbs
½ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup of grated Pepper Jack cheese
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
1 ½ tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of butter
1 tablespoon of chopped fresh herbs (optional)
1/4 cup of fresh tomato sauce for dipping the cakes into

Heat the oil and butter in a non-stick skillet until it shimmers. Set the pan over medium heat.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Stir just until blended.  Form into patties and carefully drop them into the skillet. Shake once to dislodge them from sticking. Let them cook for several minutes on each side until the cakes are golden brown. Drain on a paper towel.

Serve hot with fresh tomato sauce, applesauce, ranch dressing, sour cream, pico de gallo or some pesto.


  1. This is one of my favorite ways to eat zucchini!

  2. We are currently enjoying your zucchini bread which is delicious! May have to try this too, though I do not have the advantage of monster zukes lurking in my garden!

  3. Wow -- I've never heard of these. Maybe someone will bestow an extra zucchini upon me so I can try them -- they sound great!

  4. Fancy! I like the suggestions for goodies to serve with them. YUM!

  5. I haven't seen them with Panko before. Great idea! This is my way to eat veggies.

  6. They look so nice and crunchy:) I think it's time for me to finally use panko crumbs!

  7. I love the addition of cheese to the mix. Will try it that way next time.