Greek Zucchini Balls

Greek zucchini ball with yogurt dip is a must summer dish! Known as Kolokythokeftedes and they are the BEST appetizer or snack for the beach! Flavor-packed frittes with loads of aromatics, fresh parsley, peppermint and dill!

You can either fry your zucchini balls or bake them in the oven. We usually fry them as they cook faster and they keep their juice but baking them is a healthier option. 

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Greek zucchini balls secrets

If you are following my Greek recipes, you know by now that I like my veggies and herbs seasonal and fresh. I know it’s hard, but the Greek cuisine is based on seasonality it’s usually from farm to table. Of course, this is not always easy to follow, but when possible do it and you will remember my words!

In few words the biggest secret is for your ingredients to be extra fresh and in season if possible. You can use dried herbs but the result won’t be the same and your fritters won’t be extra juicy.

I grow my own herbs in my balcony so mostly I just pick them from there, but you can find them at any grocery store with fresh products.

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If you decide to use fresh ingredients make sure to wash them well and let them dry for at least 30′. Or even better use a kitchen cloth to ensure there is no water left.

When you grate the zucchinis you will notice they have enough liquids and we don’t need extra water.

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These zucchini fritters are best served with a yogurt dip. They are perfect as a party appetizer, or as a light meal. They’re super fun to make and eat, especially during zucchini season.

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greek zucchini balls AKA kolokythokeftedes

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Yield: 2

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Ingredients

  • 2 big or 4 small zucchinis
  • 1 white or yellow onion
  • 1 egg
  • 150gr feta cheese
  • 80gr cake flour
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 3 tbsp fresh peppermint
  • 2 tbsp dill
  • 100ml extra virgin Greek olive oil
  • salt & pepper

equipment

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Cooking Spoon

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Frying Pan

Mixing Bowl

instructions

Please come back the day after the live cooking class to read the instructions step-by-step.

  • 1. Grate the zucchinis and place them in a strainer. Add salt and set aside for at least 30' to drain their juice.
  • 2. Grate the onion and place it in a strainer. Let it drain for 30'.
  • 3. Cut the leaves of the dill, parsley and peppermint in small pieces. Add them in your mixing bowl.
  • 4. Wring all of the excess liquid out of the zucchini and onion with your hands and add them to the mixing bowl.
  • 5. Crumble the feta cheese and add it in the mixture.
  • 6. Beat the egg and add it in the mixture.
  • 7. Add the flour and pepper and combine all ingredients together.
  • 8. Heat the olive oil in the pan. When it is in frying temperature, use a tablespoon to scoop a ball from the mixture and add it in the pan.
  • 9. Pan-fry until golden brown on both sides, 4-5 minutes per side.

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