We were thrilled to be asked back to participate with Summer Fest. In case you are not familiar with what Summer Fest is, the Food Network came up with this brilliant idea to get a group of food loving bloggers together, every week, to create a dish featuring a seasonal ingredient. We played along last year and had a great time. As well it was the perfect way to be exposed to new (and fresh) ideas using the seasons bounty. We missed the first couple weeks of 2012 but are jumping on board now …. with summer squash. Speaking of summer squash, are you loaded down with too much? Then you must make this zucchini pancakes with minty dill creme fraiche!
Lenny has this theory that if a leek was dating a zucchini, they would be the “boring” couple at a dinner party. Yes, you guessed it, he is not a fan. Since he is out of town for a few days I decided to take zucchini out for a date. Zucchini is not boring and in fact is quite flexible. It is great as a dinner companion and makes for some tasty sweet talk as well. I am determined to make Lenny like (at least a little) zucchini.
I adore veggie inspired pancakes as they make a great side dish, when served with roasted meat or fish. As well they can stand up on their own as a main for a light (and vegetarian) meal when paired with a simple salad. I normally make potato or beet pancakes; but, since Lenny is gone I decided to work on my zucchini pancake recipe.
Normally zucchini pancakes come out a bit soggy when I make them ……. not this time. I coarsely grated the zucchini, lightly salted it and let it sit in a colander for awhile. This process drew out unwanted moisture, which was a god-send. This time around I decided to use cornmeal in addition to AP flour. The cornmeal gave the crisp pancakes an unexpected texture that was very enjoyable with every bite. I love how the sides of these tender little pancakes crisp up when fried, creating little chewy ends. I served my not-do-boring date with cream fraiche that I lightly seasoned with fresh dill and mint., and it worked perfectly with the crispy pancakes. I have to admit … I was smitten!
This recipe was a winner, and I cannot wait to make a batch for Lenny. I am sure he will change his mind about zucchini.
Do you have a favorite zucchini recipe? Sweet? Savory?
** Be sure to visit the Food Network Summer Fest bloggers to see what other fun recipes you can make with not-so-boring zucchini this season. Next week will be all about tomatoes!
Jeanette’s Healthy Living: Quick and Easy Sesame Summer Squash Stir-Fry
Cooking With Elise: Orange Summer Squash Bread
Feed Me Phoebe: Summer Squash and Cornmeal Cakes With Tarragon
And Love It, Too: Peter Pan Squash Spiced Oven Fries
Made By Michelle: Pattypan Squash and Tomato Frittata
Cooking Channel: Our Top 5 Favorite Squash Recipes
Daily*Dishin: Summer Squash Confetti Salad
Delicious Lean: Summer Squash Ribbons With Feta and Pine Nuts
Napa Farmhouse 1885: Summer Squash Chips
Ingredients, Inc.: Summer Squash and Kale Sauté
Thursday Night Dinner: Summer Squash Medley
Sweet Life Bake: Zucchini Fried With Tequila-Spiked Avocado Dip
Dixie Chik Cooks: Fried Summer Squash Parmesan Sliders
Healthy Eats: Summer Squash Any Way You Slice It
FN Dish: Cheesy Summer Squash
Recipe: Zucchini Pancakes with Minty Dill Creme Fraiche