Zucchini Sweet Potato Fritters

Zucchini/Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt Sauce

Zucchini/Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt Sauce

As I’ve told you before, on Saturday mornings, I go to the Charlottesville City Market. Since April, these market visits have also been coffee dates with Sarah. We gab about recipes we have created recently and our ever-evolving life plans as we seek out our favorite vendors and discover new ones.

A few weeks ago, when neither of us needed to be buying anything else, we saw the most beautiful potatoes at a little produce stand that I remember purchasing from in years past–they proudly display a plaque that identifies them as one of the oldest vendors at our market. A young man was behind the table, while an older man, with one of the most thick southern accents I have come across in recent memory, stood next to the table, chatting with customers as they stopped to check out his veggies. As Sarah and I discussed the lovely potatoes before us, the old farmer not only convinced us each to buy some, but he threw in extras as a bonus! My bonus was two small, white sweet potatoes.

White Sweet Potatoes

White Sweet Potatoes

I quickly decided exactly what to do with the potatoes– combine them with the zucchini I had at home to make zucchini/potato fritters. And so, as usual, I did a bit of research to see exactly how one creates the fritters I had in mind. I looked for both zucchini recipes and potato recipes, and found inspiration from Smitten Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen, two blogs I read regularly.

As more and more time passes since I first began to read blogs, I realize that these women are becoming my “friends”–even those with whom I have never spoken. I know little bits about their lives, the precious moments they share with the world, and I learn about them through the recipes they create. As I read their posts, study their recipes, and make them my own, it’s like I am in the kitchen with a good friend. I only wish I could be in the kitchen with these women, sipping tea and learning from them, playing the role of sous chef, or just watching them work.

For now, I’ll have to settle for cooking their recipes–or my variations on them.

Fritters cook best in a Cast Iron skillet

Fritters cook best in a Cast Iron skillet

Zucchini Sweet Potato Fritters with Yogurt Sauce

Inspired by Smitten Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen

Makes about 8 fritters

Fritter Ingredients

  • 2 small zucchini
  • 2 small white sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • butter and coconut oil for the skillet

Yogurt Sauce Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • garlic scapes, finely chopped

Method

Coarsely shred the vegetables in a food processor. Toss with the salt, and let sit for 10 minutes before straining through cheesecloth (or paper towels) to squeeze out excess water. Combine the vegetables with the egg, flour, and pepper.

Melt a generous amount of coconut oil and butter in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Scoop about 2 Tablespoons of the mixture for each patty. Press patties flat in the pan and cook about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate. Keep warm and crisp in a 200 degree oven until ready to serve.

For the yogurt sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Dollop generously over top the fritters.

Dinner is served

Dinner is served

I took Sara‘s advice and served my fritters with greens on the side and a fried egg on top. It was a perfectly delicious weeknight dinner, and would make a pretty terrific Sunday brunch, too.

Hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

-L

Grown Up Comfort Food: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese, please!

Grilled Cheese, please!

Regardless of how long I am in the air, when I fly, my body gets really confused. I get hungry at odd hours, and despite an overwhelming feeling of lethargy, I have trouble sleeping. Today, I was determined to avoid this lull. I woke up with plenty of time to make a good breakfast before packing, had a nice salad right before my flight, and tried (without success, unfortunately) to sleep on the plane.

I felt abnormally good when I landed, but I randomly had a very strong craving for grilled cheese! I’ve always loved the combination of grilled cheese and tomato soup, so…

Taadaa!

Taadaa!

I halved a recipe for Roasted-Tomato Soup, with a few minor adjustments. I skipped the Parmesan Wafers, used a little extra oregano, and a little less sugar than called for.

Roasting the tomatoes and garlic

Roasting the tomatoes and garlic

The tomatoes had to roast for an hour, and later simmered in broth for 20 minutes, so it was not an especially quick meal to make. It was worth the wait though! The garlic flavor was pretty strong, but tasted wonderful with the tomato and oregano. The soup was strained after being pureed, so it was pretty thin. It was a great balance with the hearty sandwich.

Simmering the veggies and broth

Simmering the veggies and broth

For the sandwich, I placed Goat’s Brie and some fresh basil on multi-grain bread, and toasted it in a skillet for about 2 minutes per side. It was so good!

Grilled Brie Sandwich

Do you have any comfort foods? We’d love to hear about them!

Happy Eating!

-C