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Parmesan-Squash Cakes

July/August 2009

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In this recipe we shred summer squash and use it like shredded potatoes to make tasty little pancakes flavored with Parmesan cheese and shallots.



READER'S COMMENT:
"These were awesome! My 8 yr old even loved them. Even after I squeezed out the moisture, had to get some more of it up with some paper towels but it was worth it. I also used freshly grated parm cheese and scallions since I did not have...
Parmesan-Squash Cakes Recipe

Makes: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups shredded seeded summer squash, (2-3 medium, about 1 pound; see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Beat egg in a large bowl. Stir in shallots, parsley, salt and pepper. Place shredded squash in the center of a clean kitchen towel; gather up the ends and twist to squeeze out any liquid. Add the squash and cheese to the bowl; stir to combine.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pack a 1/3-cup measuring cup with the squash mixture and unmold it into the pan; gently pat it down to form a 3-inch cake. Repeat, making 4 squash cakes. Cook until browned and crispy on the bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Gently turn the cakes over and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To remove the seeds from summer squash, cut the squash in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon. To shred the squash, use the large-holed side of a box grater.

Nutrition

Per serving: 130 calories; 8 g fat (3 g sat, 4 g mono); 62 mg cholesterol; 9 g carbohydrates; 7 g protein; 1 g fiber; 322 mg sodium; 406 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (35% daily value), Calcium & Vitamin A (15% dv).

Carbohydrate Servings: 1/2

Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1/2 fat



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