Last year at about this time I concocted a vegetarian version of zucchini fritters and zucchini pancakes that were pretty darn good. This year, I tried for a little less batter, a little more vegetable and no animal products. Adapted from Simply Recipes (zucchini fritters) and Smitten Kitchen (zucchini fritters) I give you, Vegan Zucchini Corn Pancakes.
- 1 pound (about 2 medium or approx 4 C) zucchini, shredded
- 1 flax egg
- 1 C corn kernels cut fresh from the cob
- 2 tsp water
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Kosher salt to taste
- 1/2 C all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Olive or another oil of your choice, for frying
To serve (optional)
- 1 cup non-dairy sour cream or plain yogurt
- 1 to 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
- Pinch of salt
- 1 small minced or crushed clove of garlic
- 1/4 C Vegenaise
- 1/4 C salsa of your choice
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- Kosher salt to taste
- Non-dairy milk to thin this concoction to your desired consistency (I used soy milk)
Trim ends off zucchini and grate them either on the large holes of a box grater or, if you have one, using the shredding blade of a food processor. Either way, be sure to squeeze out the excess moisture in a clean kitchen towel or paper towels until practically dry.
Add zucchini shreds to a large mixing bowl. Taste and if you think it could benefit from salt, then add a little, you should season as you go here. Stir in corn, flax egg and some freshly ground black pepper. In a tiny dish, stir together flour and baking powder, then stir the mixture into the zucchini batter.
In a large heavy skillet — cast iron would be great, but I settled for an electric griddle — heat 2 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Drop small bunches of the zucchini mixture onto the skillet only a few at a time so they don’t become crowded and lightly nudge them flatter with the back of your spatula.
Cook the fritters over moderately high heat until the edges underneath are golden, about 3 to 4 minutes-this could take up to 6 minutes this first side, don’t let burn, but let it cook and rise completely. If you find this happening too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Flip the fritters and fry them on the other side until browned underneath again, about 2 to 3 minutes more. Drain briefly on paper towels then transfer to baking sheet in a 200 degree oven if you prefer them warm. Leave them on a cooling rack if you don’t mind them at room temp-they dry out well if left out and keep their crunch. Repeat process, keeping the pan well-oiled, with remaining batter.
For the topping, if using, stir together ingredients for whichever topping you prefer. Dollop on each fritter before serving. To assemble as shown in the picture. I took a sandwich thin, halved it and then placed on each half 1 piece of lettuce, a slice of tomato, some leftover grilled onions, the fritters, a little of the salsa dressing (above) and a few pickled jalapenos.
Do ahead: These fritters keep well, either chilled in the fridge for the better part of a week and or frozen in a well-sealed package for months. When you’re ready to use them, simply spread them out on a tray in a 325 degree oven until they’re hot and crisp again.