zucchini cheddar pancakes (recipe)

It’s late summer and this means lots of zucchini and so much zucchini can really feel like a burden. After a while, the thought of another piece of zucchini bread is nauseating.  One more zucchini boat filled with anything is like torture.  I understand your pain – I have been there. If you happen to be in a zucchini rut or you just enjoy some pan-friend goodness, this recipe may be just what you are looking for.  It is just the right amount of cheesy, a bit spicy and fantastically easy to make, especially if you have a food processor (three cheers for food processors!).  They are sinful and I strongly suggest against making them while you are home alone, because you will eat them all (by yourself) and despite being made from vegetables, they are certainly not health food.  


1 cup of shredded and squeezed (imperative!!) zucchini
¼ tsp black pepper
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp garlic powder
1 TBSP grated onion (yes, grated!)
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
3 TBSP flour (AP or whole wheat works)
¼ tsp baking powder
1 egg
Oil for frying, approximately ¼ cup
Salt, to taste

Step 1:  Combine all of the ingredients except the egg, salt and oil

Make sure to mix well, so that the spices are evenly distributed.

Step 2:  Heat your oil in a frying pan over medium heat

I recommend a cast iron skillet if you have one.

Step 3:  Add the egg and salt to your zucchini mix

Waiting until just before you make the pancakes will ensure that you batter doesn’t get too watery.

Step 4:  Scoop ¼ cup of your pancake mix at a time into the hot oil

If the pancakes are much bigger, the middle doesn’t get cooked enough.  How many pancakes you can cook at a time depends on how big your pan is.

Step 5:  Flip the pancakes when they puff up

About 4 minutes.  

Step 6:  Cook for an additional 4 -5 minutes until both sides are golden brown 

Eat them when they are fresh and crispy (although they are good cold, too).  Top with additional cheddar cheese, if you like.

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