Zucchini croquettes with tzatziki (kolokithokeftedes)



Zucchini croquettes with tzatziki (kolokithokeftedes)

A very tasty appetizer that makes a good accompaniment on the meze table!

Ingredients:
(makes 12 portions of 4 croquettes p/person)
1kg of zucchini (courgettes)
200g of grated feta
½ cup of grated kefalotiri cheese (traditional Greek “mountain” cheese made from goat + sheep’s milk)
2 medium to large potatoes, boiled and mashed
3 eggs, beaten
1 slice of dry bread, crumbed in blender
4 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh mint
3 tablespoons of chopped fresh dill
½ teaspoon of salt,
pepper,
plain flour for coating
cooking oil for frying

Preparation:
Wash and cut the ends of the zucchini, peel and then grate finely. Salt them and leave to stand for one hour on several layers of kitchen paper (I line the oven baking tray) to drain excess liquid. Transfer into a large mixing bowl, add the eggs, cheeses, breadcrumbs, mashed potatoes, mint, dill, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of the flour. Knead thoroughly with your hands, then cover with cling film and leave to stand in the fridge for about one hour. Remove and shape ball-like croquettes from the mixture. Flour the croquettes and fry them for about 10 minutes in a deep frying pan in very hot oil. Remove with slotted spoon and leave to drip on a platter with kitchen paper to absorb excess fat.
Serve with Tzatziki along with some other appetizers and share a drink with friends!


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