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Zucchini Fritters with Marinara Sauce

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  • Zucchini fritters prepared by chef Michael Ponzio at Rosebud Old World Italian in Schaumburg.

       Zucchini fritters prepared by chef Michael Ponzio at Rosebud Old World Italian in Schaumburg.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer


4 medium zucchini, grated

2 eggs

cup bread crumbs

cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons Romano cheese

2 teaspoons kosher salt

1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

2 tablespoons parsley chopped

12 ounces extra-virgin olive oil, use as needed

Marinara sauce

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (32 ounces each) cans crushed tomatoes

Kosher salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

8 basil leaves

For the sauce: In a medium saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the minced garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes to a light golden brown. Pour in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer. Allow the tomatoes to cook, stirring frequently, for 1 hours. Add the basil, season to liking, and cook for 5 more minutes.

For the fritters: Shred the zucchini on a box grater and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix the eggs, bread crumbs, flour, cheese, salt, pepper and parsley. Add the zucchini and mix well to incorporate. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

In a saute pan, heat a nice layer of olive oil and scoop the batter into the oil with a tablespoon. Cook a few at a time; do not crowd. Once golden brown on one side, flip the fritters and allow to brown on the other side. Remove the fritters from the oil and place on a paper towel to cool. Repeat with remaining batter adding oil as necessary.

Serves eight.

Chef Michael Ponzio, Rosebud Restaurants

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