Saturday, December 10, 2011

Grain-Free Zucchini Pancakes (Latkes)

Traditionally during Chanukah a dish called latkes are served, which are basically potato pancakes, to remind us of the miracle of a single container of oil, lasting the Maccabee clan 8 days around 165 BCE when Judaism was outlawed in Jerusalem.  The latkes are fried in oil which stinks up your entire house for at least 8 days, again reminding you I guess of story of the Maccabees haha.  Many cultures have potato pancakes and they basically taste like a big round fried tater tot- how could that be bad?  But low-carb and GFG-friendly they are not!  So behold my Zucchini Latkes- Jewish or not- these are delish and also a great way to get kids to eat zucchini.

Grain-Free/Gluten-Free Low-Carb Zucchini Pancakes (Latkes)
2 small zucchini, or one very large zucchini, grated and water squeezed out
1 egg
1/4 cup parmesan
2 tablespoons chickpea flour (besan)
1/4 tsp paprika
salt and pepper
1/4 tsp minced garlic
EVOO for pan

Using your shredder attachment for your food processor, shred your zucchini.  Place in a large clean dishtowel and wring out as much water as possible.  Place in large mixing bowl.  Add to bowl one egg, salt and pepper, paprika, garlic, chickpea flour, and parmesan, and combine well.  You want it to have a thick batter consistency and stick together well.  If it's a bit watery, add a tsp more of your chickpea flour.  In a hot frying pan, add a tablespoon of EVOO and drop using tablespoon scoops onto hot pan.  You want the pan to be sizzling at this point.  With a spatula, spread the pancakes out evenly.  Flip after about 2 minutes, making sure each side is browned and crispy.  Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or eat plain!  They are really delish.

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