Alberta Jones and the Zucchini Ziggarat

Sunday, March 13, 2011
Today, the sun was shining, the windows were thrown open and spring seemed to be in the air.  To celebrate the warmer temperatures, I decided to make a recipe I've been wanting to try for a while now:  zucchini patties.  I used this recipe for zucchini "crab" cakes.  As someone who doesn't eat seafood, I'm not sure what crab cakes taste like.  However, I figured since there was no actual seafood in the recipe, I was safe.  And true to form, as soon as I whipped out a recipe, daring adventurer/archaeologist and third cousin, twice removed, Alberta Jones showed up.  Anything for a free meal.

I could smell that onion all the way over in the wilds of Saskatchewan.
First, we shredded two zucchinis and set them in a colander to drain.  Alberta Jones was overcome by his great love of all things green and threw himself onto the bed of soft zucchini bits.  He was so excited by the smell of veggies and the fresh air, he almost shot me in the left nostril.  Thankfully, he's lego and shoots blanks.

Ooooh zucchini.... zucchini squisito
Suddenly a sandstorm of spices, onions, and breadcrumbs swept into the kitchen and landed in the bowl on top of the zucchini.  How fortuitous for me, not so much for Alberta Jones who was almost smothered to death.

I threw in an onion, an egg and a couple of tablespoons of melted butter and hoped that he'd be able to escape.  Fortunately, Alberta Jones is very resourceful, almost MacGyver-like you might say.  He managed to pull himself free of the breadcrumb quicksand and climbed out of the mixing bowl.

Once he was safely out of the way, we mixed all the ingredients together and formed them into patties.  The zucchini was still a bit wet and made for some pretty moist patties - next time, I'll squeeze it in some paper towel first.

Patty Cake Patty Cake Shoot Your Gun,
Pop in the Oven Until I'm Done
My original thought was to bake the patties as one reviewer had suggested, figuring this would be a healthier option.  However, when I went to flip them over, half of the patties had stuck to my silicon sheet.  Alberta loves everything fried and badgered me until I decided to throw them in the pan instead.  The recipe said to dredge the patties in flour first which I would have done if I had decided to fry them from the beginning.  I figured it was pointless now so I just threw them into the pan and let 'er rip!

Veggie Heaven
I'll definately be making this recipe again.  My changes ('cause you know I can't stick to a recipe):  I used seasoned bread crumbs and since I've never seen Old Bay Seasoning here in Canada, I used Mrs. Dash's Table Blend.  Yummy!  I think they'd be awesome with some Frank's Red Hot.  Even mommikins liked them.

If you enjoyed Alberta Jones' latest culinary adventure, why not check out some of his previous exploits:  The Problems with Pissaladiere and The Cauliflower Concoction.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those sound delicious! Do you have to squeeze the excess water out of the zucchini when you drain them, because those things are quite water laden.

Kasia said...

Cool post London! I was not acquainted with Alberta Jones and will be checking out the previous posts. I can't eat zuchini but those look delightful!

Karen said...

Kasia, no zucchini? OMG! Nooooooo! Can you eat chickpeas? There's a cajun chickpea pattie recipe I want to try as well.

Barb, I did squeeze out as much as I could in the colander but they definately needed a squeeze in a towel or paper towels to get more out. Definately very watery!

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