Simple Veggie Pancakes

Or is this a fritter? If anyone knows, I’d appreciate the knowledge. While I find it easy to weigh in on such arguments as dumpling versus hand-pie, for example, I don’t think I really know what makes a fritter a fritter. This, however, is indeed a simple recipe.

.. . And baby friendly. I’m always looking for things to help the little one be independent, and this is a vegetable that he can feed himself. I anticipate easy reheating or eating it cold on the go. I served it to him with meatballs as a complete meal. (The veggie pancake was more popular than the meatball, which is saying a lot for this recipe.)

Makes about 12 small pancakes.

about one pound of veggies, including:
2 small zucchini, green and yellow
2 carrots
green top of one spring onion

1 egg
2 tbls. AP flour
a little salt and pepper

  1. Trim and, on the large side of a box grater, grate the zucchini. Peel (or wash) the carrots and grate. Snip green onions finely.
  2. With a fork, stir in egg, flour, and seasonings.
  3. Add a little olive oil (about 2 tbls.) to a skillet and heat over medium. You’ll know it’s ready if you drop one little piece of veggie in and it sizzles immediately.
  4. With your hands, make a little ball with about 2 tbls. of your pancake mixture. Place it in the heated pan and flatten it gently with a spatula.
  5. Fry the pancakes on each side for about 4 minutes.

Serve with cottage cheese or salad. Add some mint. Be adventurous and use this simple recipe as a starting point.




4 thoughts on “Simple Veggie Pancakes

  1. That looks delicious. I’ll offer a third description: a local-style okonomiyaki, a Japanese savory pancake (one of my favorite foods). It’s usually accompanied by a sweet and zesty okonomi sauce and Kewpie mayo.

    • It’s a wheat- and yam-based flour and eggs with some seasonings. They sell a mix at Central Market, but my Japanese grandma sometimes uses regular pancake mix and grates Chinese yam (naga imo) into it.

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