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Who doesn’t love latkes?  Well maybe you are not a fan, but we especially love potato pancakes when they are hot, crispy and dipped in sour cream and/or applesauce.  Something about zucchini replacing potato convinced me that these are a healthier version of the beloved potato pancake.  However, this is a lie since they are also fried in oil, and there is some potato still involved. 

I revised Ms. Barefoot Contessa’s recipe, removing the baking powder, replacing red onion with shallots, and adding feta cheese, which melts into the pancake and adds a salty kick.  These were definitely lighter than the potato version, but be sure to squeeze out any extra liquid from each patty before cooking so that they will stay together better.



Zucchini and Feta Latkes (adapted and revised from Barefoot Contessa)  

3 medium zucchini

1 small potato

1 shallot

2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten

6 to 8 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

½ cup feta cheese crumbles

5-6 tablespoons vegetable oil  

Peel zucchini, potato, and shallots.  Shred zucchini, potato, and shallots against the large grating side of a box grater into a large bowl.  Stir in eggs. Then stir in flour, salt and pepper. Stir in feta cheese.

Roll vegetable mixture into small patties.  Add vegetable oil to a large sauté pan and heat over medium heat..  Once the vegetable oil is hot, carefully place in latkes and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side until brown and crispy.  Remove latkes from pan and place on a paper towel lined plate.  Serve hot with sour cream or applesauce.


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After Easter, we had so much food left over that I did not need to cook for the next few days.  When deciding on what to make for dinner last night, I decided I wanted something a little lighter than all the heavy foods we had been eating from the holidays, and I wanted to use my leftovers as much as I could.  We had plenty of eggs left over from Easter since I bought 4 or 5 dozen, due in part to dying eggs as well as the unsuccessful 15 egg Easter bread.  We also had olives and feta cheese left over as well.

Frittatas seem to be popular these days.  Lately, whenever we go to breakfast/brunch on weekends, there always seems to be a “frittata of the day”.  I do not typically order frittatas in restaurants though because I find them to be too heavy.  However, upon browsing through several cookbooks the other night, I came upon two recipes for frittatas from Weight Watchers, and I decided to sort of meld the two together.

The two recipes both called for a combination of whole eggs and egg whites.  I decided to substitute mozzarella for feta cheese, and I added spinach, chopped kalamata olives and oregano.

What you need:

 3 whole eggs

4 egg whites

10 ounces frozen spinach thawed and drained

5 kalamata olives

1 Tbsp oregano

1/3 cup low fat milk

1/8 tsp salt

¼ tsp pepper

1/3 cup feta cheese crumbled.

 First, gather your eggs together.  Crack three eggs into your medium sized mixing bowl. Then, add the four egg whites.  To separate the egg whites, I typically use the shell of the egg and move the yolk back and forth, while letting the whites slip out into the bowl.  I recently learned a trick during a cooking demonstration to use your hands.  Crack the egg open, and allow the whites to slip through your fingers while the yolk remains in your hands.  At first, I did not enjoy the messiness of this, but now I find it to be a much easier way to separate egg whites.

 Add the milk and the spinach (thawed and drained) to the eggs, and whisk together.  Chop up the olives, and stir in the olives, oregano, salt and pepper to the egg/spinach mixture. 

Spray an omelet pan (or small-medium frying pan) with some cooking spray so the eggs won’t stick, and heat the pan on a medium heat.  Once the pan is warm, pour the egg mixture into the pan.  Now, add the feta cheese.  The feta will give the frittata a saltier taste, so if you prefer something less salty, go with the mozzarella.  When the eggs firm up around the edges, start trying to lift the sides of the frittata with a spatula, just so you can get it ready to be flipped. 

When the mixture appears to be firm in the middle (no runny egg), then flip the frittata.   This frittata is pretty hefty because of the amount of spinach, so I suggest using two spatulas to flip it.  Place both spatulas under the frittata, be brave, and flip it. When I flipped mine, a little piece in the middle came apart, but once it cooks on the other side it will meld together again. Cook for a few more minutes, and then you are done.  I like to cut the frittata up like a pizza to serve.

The result:  A lighter-kind of frittata.  What made this frittata the best was the oregano.  Using good oregano is a must.  Fortunately, we were lucky enough to have oregano direct from Greece (via my aunt), and it had a strong and distinct flavor.  Typically, oregano from the spice jar in the grocery store lacks flavor and when added to recipes, gets lost among the other flavors.  However, the oregano we used in this frittata was definitely noticeable.  One bite and we were both reminded of the eggs my aunt made us for breakfast when we visited Greece two summers ago.

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