Squash patties are an iconic summer dish and common fare in the Greek tavernas where they are usually eaten as an appetizer with a side of tzatziki. However, at home we have always served the squash patties with rice and a simple tomato sauce as a main dish.
Our little allotment has provided us with a generous harvest of squash this year. What an amazing plant! From the tender blossoms to the tasty gourds, our cucurbitaceae plants have been a source of great gardening and culinary joy.
Some days ago, we collected the very last batch of fruit and I had a 700 g heavy squash in my hands. I decided to cook up some squash patties, kolokithokeftedes, and they turned out oh so tasty!
The patties are glutenfree, vegan and very easy to make as you will need just a few simple ingredients and some spices. Another bonus is that they are oven-baked. Preferably use a light green squash variety as opposed to the dark green zucchini.
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- 60 g soy flour
- 700 g squash
- 1 small onion
- 4 garlic cloves
- 4 basil leaves, chopped
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- 1 small tsp salt
- 0.5 tsp pepper
- 2 tbsp sun dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
- 0.5 tsp turmeric
- 1 tbsp oil from the sun dried tomatoes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1-2 tbsp water
- Grate the squash and the onion
- Place in a colander and squeeze out their juices
- Place in a bowl
- Chop the basil and the parsley
- Mince the garlic cloves
- Add the herbs and the garlic to the squash mix
- Add the soy flour using a sift to prevent lumps
- Add the sun dried tomatoes
- Add the salt, black pepper, turmeric, pinch of mint
- Add the oil
- Mix everything together
- If dry, add 1-2 tbsp water
- Let the mixture rest while you preheat the oven at 220 degrees (428 F)
- Spoon out 16 patties on an oven tray lined with greased parchment paper
- Use the spoon to shape them
- Place in the oven on the second rack from the bottom
- Bake on one side for about 15 min
- Take the tray out and flip them around
- Bake for another 5-6 minutes or until golden
- The baking time depends on your oven
- Monitor the patties and take them out the first time after about 15 min and see if they are easy to turn. If they are sticky, they probably need a couple of minutes more
- They will bake faster on the second side
- Also note that it is the side that is in contact with the tray that bakes and not the "open" one.
- Once the patties are a nice golden colour you should take them out because they may burn even if you switch the oven off.