In today’s fast-paced world, finding a healthy and delicious snack can be a challenge. But fear not, because we have the perfect recipe for you: Courgette Fritters! Packed with flavour and nutrients, these fritters are not only a great option for those seeking a healthy snack, but they also make a fantastic addition to any meal. Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a tasty appetizer, these low-calorie fritters are sure to satisfy your cravings. Join us as we take you through the simple steps to make this nutritious delight! This recipe makes 10 courgette fritters. They are just 40kcal each!
Do you have a diet restriction?
These courgette fritters are:
- Dairy Free
- Gluten Free (make using GF flour, see notes below)
- Nut Free
- Low Fat
- 0.5 Syns (using HeA)
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When to Eat and What to Serve with Courgette Fritters:
Courgette fritters are incredibly versatile and can be enjoyed at any time of the day. They make a delightful snack between meals, a healthy lunch option, or even a crowd-pleasing appetizer for a gathering. Their mild yet savoury taste pairs well with a variety of sides, making them a great addition to your menu.
For a light lunch, serve the courgette fritters alongside a fresh salad, packed with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, and a tangy vinaigrette. They can also be enjoyed as a snack on their own or dipped into a refreshing tzatziki sauce. Their crispy texture and delicate flavour make them suitable for all ages, ensuring that everyone will find them irresistible.
Step 1: Prepare the courgette
Start by grating or julienning a medium-sized courgette. Once done, squeeze out as much moisture as possible using paper towels or muslin cloth. This step is crucial to ensure the fritters hold together well during cooking and don’t stay soggy on the inside, especially as we are adding feta cheese to this recipe.
Step 2: Add in some seasoning
In a mixing bowl, add the grated courgette and crack in the egg. Next, sprinkle in the oregano, basil, parsley, and pureed garlic. These herbs and spices will infuse the fritters with delightful flavours. Mix the ingredients together well.
Step 3: Finish the batter
Now, it’s time to prepare the feta cheese. Pat the feta dry to remove as much excess moisture as possible, and then crumble it into the mixing bowl. Add the flour as well, which will act as a binding agent, ensuring the fritters stay intact. If you find your mixture too runny, add a little more flour. Season the mixture with a pinch of salt and pepper. Gently combine all the ingredients in the bowl until they are evenly distributed. The mixture should come together, resembling a thick batter, slightly thicker than pancake batter, with of course the addition of courgette.
Step 4: Start cooking the courgette fritters
Place a frying pan over medium heat and add a small amount of oil to prevent sticking. I try to avoid adding oil where possible but I often find recipes like these tricky without. Take a spoonful of the courgette fritter batter and place it onto the pan. Press down gently with a spatula to flatten the fritter. Repeat this process, leaving enough space between each fritter for easy flipping, you may have to do two batches.
Step 5: Flip half way
Allow the fritters to cook for approximately 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. A low heat setting will ensure the fritters cook evenly without burning. Flip them carefully to avoid any breakage. Once cooked, transfer the courgette fritters to a plate lined with kitchen paper to absorb any excess oil. Repeat the process until all the batter is used.
Serve the courgette fritters warm, allowing their delightful aroma to entice your taste buds. Enjoy them as a healthy snack, a light lunch, or a fantastic appetizer to share with family and friends. Serve with a side of refreshing tzatziki sauce or a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to enhance the flavours. These courgette fritters are bound to become a favourite addition to your culinary repertoire.
Courgette fritters variations:
- Cheesy Spinach Twist: Add a handful of fresh spinach leaves, finely chopped, to the courgette mixture. The vibrant green color and added nutrients from spinach make these fritters even more appealing. Swap the feta for parmesan to keep moisture content low if using spinach.
- Spicy Kick: For those who enjoy a bit of heat, add a pinch of chili flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the batter. This variation adds a fiery flavor that pairs well with a cooling cucumber yogurt dip.
- Mediterranean Delight: Enhance the Mediterranean flavours by incorporating sun-dried tomatoes and chopped black olives into the batter. These additions bring a burst of tanginess to the fritters, perfect for Mediterranean-inspired meals.
Can I make these fritters ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the batter in advance and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to cook, simply follow the instructions and enjoy freshly made courgette fritters.
Can I freeze courgette fritters?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked fritters for later use. Allow them to cool completely, then place them in an airtight container or freezer bags. They can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, simply thaw and reheat in a preheated oven for 10 minutes.
Can I use gluten free flour instead?
Absolutely! You can use gluten-free flour, such as rice flour or chickpea flour, as a substitute. Ensure to adjust the quantity as needed, as different flours may require different ratios. Experiment with different gluten-free flours to find your preferred texture.
How can I make these fritters crispier?
To achieve a crispier texture, ensure that you remove as much moisture as possible from the grated courgette. Squeezing out the excess moisture using paper towels or muslin cloth is crucial. You could also swap the feta cheese for parmesan to avoid extra moisture. Additionally, cooking the fritters on a lower heat for a slightly longer time can help them develop a golden and crispy exterior.
Can I add other vegetables to courgette fritters?
Absolutely! Courgette fritters are quite versatile, and you can experiment by adding other grated vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes. Just make sure to adjust the seasoning and cooking time accordingly if necessary.
With these variations and helpful FAQs, you’re now equipped to create delicious and healthy courgette fritters that can be enjoyed in various ways. Whether you’re seeking a nutritious snack, a light lunch, or a delightful appetizer, these fritters are sure to become a favorite in your kitchen. Get creative, try different variations, and share this nutritious recipe with friends and family. Enjoy the wholesome goodness of courgette fritters!
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