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From Garden to Plate: The Best Zucchini Balls Recipe


A plate with zucchini balls and yogurt sauce
Zucchini Balls

Welcome to our kitchen! Today, we'll be whipping up a delightful and nutritious snack that will have your taste buds dancing with joy – Crispy Zucchini Balls! Packed with the goodness of zucchini, fresh herbs, and cheese, these delicious treats are not only a pleasure to eat but also offer numerous health benefits. So, let's get started on this easy-to-make recipe that the whole family will love.


Health Benefits of Zucchini: Before we dive into the recipe, let's take a moment to appreciate the star of this dish - zucchini! This versatile summer squash brings a wealth of health benefits to the table:

  1. Rich in Nutrients: Zucchinis are a great source of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium. These nutrients play crucial roles in supporting our immune system, maintaining healthy skin, and promoting heart health.

  2. Low in Calories: If you're watching your calorie intake, zucchinis are a perfect choice. They are low in calories but high in water content, making them a filling and hydrating option for your diet.

  3. High in Fiber: Fiber is essential for digestion, and zucchinis are a wonderful source of dietary fiber. Including them in your diet can help promote a healthy digestive system and prevent constipation.

  4. Antioxidant Powerhouse: Zucchinis boast a range of antioxidants, such as carotenoids and flavonoids, which help combat oxidative stress and reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Crispy Zucchini Balls Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchinis

  • 1 finely chopped dry onion

  • 3-4 finely chopped fresh onions

  • ½ bunch of finely chopped peppermint

  • ½ bunch of finely chopped parsley

  • ½ bunch of finely chopped fennel

  • 2 beaten eggs

  • 200 grams of crumbled feta cheese

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground pepper

  • 4 heaping tablespoons of flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder

Instructions:

  1. Grate the zucchinis using a box grater or a food processor. After grating, add 1 spoon of salt, stir well, and leave them to sit for 10 minutes. After the time passes, use your hands or a clean kitchen towel or cheesecloth to squeeze out excess moisture from the zucchini. This step will help prevent the zucchini balls from becoming too soggy.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the grated zucchini, finely chopped dry onion, finely chopped fresh onions, finely chopped peppermint (or dill), finely chopped parsley, and finely chopped fennel.

  3. Add the beaten eggs and crumbled feta cheese to the bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt as the feta cheese is already salty.

  4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour and baking powder together. Add this mixture to the zucchini mixture and combine all the ingredients until well blended. The resulting mixture should be sticky enough to hold together when shaped into balls.

  5. Heat olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.

  6. Once the oil is hot, take spoonfuls of the zucchini mixture and form them into small balls, about the size of a golf ball, then gently place them in the pan, leaving some space between each ball.

  7. Cook the zucchini balls for 2-3 minutes per side or until they turn golden brown and crispy.

  8. Once cooked, remove the zucchini balls from the pan and place them on a plate lined with paper towels to absorb any excess oil.

  9. Serve the Greek-style zucchini balls warm with your favorite dipping sauce like tzatziki or a yogurt-based dip.

Healthier Cooking Option: For a healthier alternative, you can bake the zucchini balls in the oven at 375°F (190°C) for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


Serve and Enjoy: Serve your crispy zucchini balls while they're still warm, alongside your favorite dipping sauce. These savory delights are perfect for sharing with friends and family.


Conclusion: There you have it – a scrumptious and nutritious recipe for Crispy Zucchini Balls. By incorporating zucchinis into your diet, you'll be benefiting from their array of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Plus, you won't have to compromise on taste with this delectable snack! So, why not give it a try and treat yourself and your loved ones to a healthier, tastier option today?

Remember, it's essential to savor the flavors and enjoy the journey of preparing wholesome meals in the comfort of your home. Happy cooking!


A plate with zucchini balls and yogurt sauce
Zucchini balls

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