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Cooking on the Ridge: Zucchini Fritters with Herb-and-Mozzarella Salad

Zucchini Fritters with Herb-and-Mozzarella Salad

Summer's Bounty: Zucchini Fritters w/ Herb Salad; Photographer: Hector Sanchez; Food Stylist: Marian Cairns; Prop Stylist: Buffy Hargett

Yield: Makes 4 servings
Total time: 25 Minutes

1/2 cup finely crumbled cornbread
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons loosely packed lemon zest
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3 medium zucchini (about 1 1/2 lb.), coarsely shredded
1/2 cup peanut oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon drained capers
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 (8-oz.) tub fresh small mozzarella cheese balls, drained
1/2 cup coarsely chopped assorted fresh herbs (such as parsley, basil, and mint)

1. Stir together first 7 ingredients in a medium bowl. Place one-third of zucchini on two layers of paper towels, and squeeze out excess liquid. Repeat with remaining zucchini, discarding paper towels after each use.

2. Heat peanut oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Stir together zucchini and cornbread mixture.

3. Drop 4 to 5 firmly packed 1/4 cupfuls zucchini mixture into hot oil; press lightly to flatten. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels. Repeat with remaining zucchini mixture.

4. Stir together olive oil and next 2 ingredients; toss with mozzarella and herbs. Top fritters with herb salad before serving.

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