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    bluemoon downunder's Note:

    These fritters could be served as appetizers, as a side dish or as one of several vegetarian dishes. It's the closest recipe I've found for some delicious zucchini fritters I ate and loved some years ago, though I'm pretty sure that they didn't have sumac in them, and sumac adds a lot of flavour. When I inquired after the recipe at the time, the Greek woman who'd made them she named the key ingredients but was very dismissive of them. I felt as if to her it was if I'd asked how to make something as simple as say a basic bread and butter sandwich with a slice of cheese in it! This recipe is from the Australian Women's Weekly's 'fresh food fast: delicious no fuss healthy recipes'. Australian brown onions are what Americans call yellow onions. Sumac, if you've not used it is defined (in the same recipe book) as "a purple-red astringent spice ground from berries that grow on shrubs that flourish wild around the Mediterranean; has a tart, lemony flavour. Found in Middle-Eastern food stores. Substitute: 1/8 teaspoon five-spice plus 1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper plus 1/8 teaspoon all spice equals 3/4 teaspoon sumac". I've found that I can purchase it readily from more upmarket supermarkets and European delicatessens.

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    • 6 medium zucchini, coarsely grated
    • 1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
    • 1 1/4 cups stale breadcrumbs, processed
    • 3 eggs
    • 2 tablespoons fresh oregano, finely chopped
    • 1 teaspoon sumac
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt


    1. 1
      Squeeze the excess liquid from the zucchini using absorbent paper until it is as dry as possible or literally squeeze-dry a handful at a time in your hand; combine the zucchini in a medium-sized bowl with the onion, breadcrumbs, eggs, oregano and sumac.
    2. 2
      Heat the oil in a large, preferably non-stick pan; drop rounded tablespoons of the zucchini mixture in batches, into the pan; cook until browned on both sides and cooked through.
    3. 3
      Meanwhile, combine the tomato and mint in a small bowl; serve the fritters with the tomato and mint salad, accompanied by yoghurt.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 16, 2009


      I made these for a party a few weeks ago and they were an absolute hit. The vegetarians in our group couldn't stop noshing on these babies, but the meat eaters were also giving them a run for their money. I didn't serve them with yogurt, and they were just fine on their own. Great recipe, they are going to be a staple side on my table! Thanks!

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    • on August 23, 2009


      Very good and easy. We have a wee glut of courgettes at the moment and had these as a light lunch - without the salsa though. I just mixed in a bit more sumac (I love the stuff) with greek yogurt and used that to dip the fritters in.

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    • on August 16, 2009


      I really really enjoyed these, the sumac gave a neat taste to them!

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    Nutritional Facts for Zucchini and Sumac Fritters With Tomato and Mint Salsa

    Serving Size: 1 (498 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 327.3
    Calories from Fat 117
    Total Fat 13.0 g
    Saturated Fat 2.6 g
    Cholesterol 158.6 mg
    Sodium 336.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 41.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 6.8 g
    Sugars 11.0 g
    Protein 14.0 g

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