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Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Zucchini, spinach, and feta latkes feature farm market produce

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

Latkes — they're not just for Chanukkah! You can make summery ones, not just the heavier potato version, to celebrate lovely sunny, warm days like the ones that have finally arrived in Ann Arbor.

My friend Karan, a fabulous cook, had given me a recipe for zucchini latkes that also featured feta cheese. I couldn't find her recipe when I went to finally make them, so I improvised; I also threw in some spinach, just 'cause a little extra greenery wouldn't hurt anyone.

Quick and easy to make, these were really good. And how fabulous will they be in the summer, when we have beautiful produce from our gardens and from farmers' markets?

Zucchini-Spinach-Feta Latkes

1 medium zucchini, grated
2 cups baby spinach leaves, chopped
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
1 teaspoon fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
generous sprinkling freshly ground black pepper
2 eggs
1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
oil, for frying
1 large tomato, chopped

In a medium mixing bowl, combine zucchini, spinach, Feta, onion, dill, salt, and pepper. Stir in eggs, then stir in bread crumbs. Let batter rest 5 minutes.

Heat a thin coating of oil in a large skillet, over medium-high heat. Drop batter by 1/3 cupfuls, and flatten each latke slightly. Cook 3-4 minutes per side, until golden. Remove to a plate and keep warm, repeating as necessary until batter is used up.

Serve the latkes topped with the tomato.

Makes 6 latkes.

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Tue, May 21, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

these look so delicious, cant wait to try them.