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Courgettes and feta fritters
- Preparation and cooking time
- Total time
- At least one hour freezing time
- Serves 6
Makes a nutritious and delicious starter or lighter bite.
- 1 courgette
- 100g (half a supermarket packet) feta cheese
- 4 small potatoes (new potatoes are ideal)
- 1/4 onion
- 1 egg
- 1 large tablespoon fresh chopped coriander
- 1 large tablespoon fresh chopped basil
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes (optional).
- Splash of milk
- Salt and pepper
Serve with: (suggestion)
- Soured cream
- Spring onions thinly sliced
- Coriander to garnish
- STEP 1Quarter the potatoes (its optional but you can leave the skin on for extra flavour and texture) and par boil until soft enough to mash, without being fully cooked or too soft. Drain, set aside and leave to cool.
- STEP 2Chop the courgette into very small cubes. No more than a centimetre or so. Place in a large mixing bowl.
- STEP 3Add the onion, very finely sliced.
- STEP 4Add the herbs, egg and crumble in the feta cheese.
- STEP 5Using a masher or fork, loosely smash the potatoes into a coarse mash. It needs to be lumpy and don't worry about the odd 'chunk' of potato getting through. It adds texture and bite. Add the potatoes to the mixing bowl and mix in with the other ingredients.
- STEP 6Add the milk very slowly, a tiny drizzle at a time until the mixture feels soft enough to bind. If you add too much it will become sloppy and the fritters will fall apart during cooking so add just a drop at a time and keep testing until you feel you the right consistency. Try rolling some in your hands to see if it sticks together if necessary.
- STEP 7When you have the right consistency roll into tennis ball sized balls and flatten on to a baking sheet or chopping board in burger shapes. Covering the board in cling film first will stop the fritters sticking and make lifting them off easier.
- STEP 8Lay another sheet of cling film over the top of the fritters and seal the two sheets of cling film around the edges by squeezing them together. This stops ice crystals forming on the fritters when they go in the freezer.
- STEP 9To make sure the fritters bind well and don't fall apart during cooking its best to cook them from frozen so time allowing, place in the freezer for an hour before cooking. This isn't essential and they can be cooked from chilled if in a hurry but you will need to be extra careful and gentle when turning them over in the frying pan.
- STEP 10To cook, add some oil to a non stick frying pan and fry until each side is golden brown and they are cooked throughout.