So excited to share these delicious zu-fritters with you! Yes, that’s a term I came up with that marries zucchini with fritters and the result is scrumptious. They take time and easiest done with a food processor but worth it once you see your little ones gobbling them up, and not just one. They are soft on the inside with a slight crunch on the outside which are very manageable for new solid-eating babies to chew and swallow.
These are a great way to get your little-ones eating vegetables in its non-veggie form. I will post many variations of these fritters in the months to come but these were such a hit with Alex that I had to share immediately! I also need to mention that Alex isn’t a fan of zucchini’s in general, we’ve tried purees, in soups, and grilled, and he won’t take to any of them. But we certainly found a winner with these zu-fritters and find we don’t have much left over once we all have had at least two over dinner time. I recommend doubling the ingredients if you want to have leftovers for lunch the next day. 😊
Prep: 30 min Bake: 30 min Total: 60 min
Serves: 9 zu-fritters
Best for: Toddlers and babies who are comfortable with texture
2 large or 3 medium zucchinis
½ cup flour (can substitute almond flour)
½ tsp baking powder
1 large or 2 medium garlic cloves
½ cup of white cheddar cheese
2 tbs of olive oil
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Grate unpeeled zucchini in food processor or use a large hole box grater. Place grated zucchini in a strainer with salt for at least 30 minutes to allow excess water to drain. Mix it every so often to ensure you remove as much liquid as possible.
Preheat oven to 400⁰ Fahrenheit and line a tray with parchment paper, drizzle olive oil.
Transfer grated zucchini and remaining ingredients into a bowl (flour, egg, salt, pepper, baking powder, crushed garlic, cheddar cheese), and mix well. I like to use my hands to ensure the mixture is well combined.
Scoop out about half a handful of the mixture, roll into a ball and then flatten it with your hands to make a round patty shape, should make nine zu-fritters.
Bake the zu-fritters until golden brown (15 minutes per side).
Best served warm out of the oven.