Crispy Summer Squash Pancakes

Crispy Summer Squash Pancakes

  • 1 tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 5 C Yellow Squash or Zucchini, small dice
  • 1/2 C Onion, small dice
  • 1/2 C Red Bell Pepper, small dice
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt and Pepper
  • 1.25 C Saltine Crackers, crushed or Bread Crumbs
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/3 C Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 C Cornmeal or Polenta
  • 1/4 C Oil
  • Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil, when it smokes, place the squash, onion and bell pepper into the pan. Cook until soft, about 10 minutes. Season with squash with salt/pepper then place the mixture into a sieve, strainer or colander. Place the sieve into a bowl, and let this drain for 1 hour in the fridge. The goal is to drain as much of the liquid from the veggies as possible while cooling it down.

    Place the squash mixture into a bowl and smash together with the crushed crackers, eggs, cheese and chili flakes, until a chunky batter forms. Place this mixture into the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up. Remove the squash from the freezer, drain off any water that has come to the top.

    Place a large heavy skillet over medium heat and add the oil to the pan. Form the pancakes by scooping 1/4 C of the mixture, form a patty and lightly dredge in the cornmeal. The batter will be loose, so don't worry about making a mess or that your pancakes are not perfectly shaped. When the oil smokes very lightly, carefully place the pancakes into the pan and cook for 3 minutes. Use a spatula to flip the pancakes once and cook for 3-5 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the pancakes from the pan and place on paper towels to drain well.

    Season with salt and pepper and serve hot. You can also cool/freeze these for later use. Just place them into the oven or toaster oven at 400 F or until crispy. I like to serve these with chicken and fish for a dinner or lunch and fried eggs for breakfast.

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