Butternut Squash, Parmesan + Thyme Fritters

  • Butternut Squash, Parmesan + Thyme Fritters are tender and unexpected. These fritters are perfect to serve with cocktails at your next dinner party.

    Butternut Squash, Parmesan + Thyme Fritters are tender and unexpected. These fritters are perfect to serve with cocktails at your next dinner party. Goran Kosanovic for The Washington Post

 
Posted10/25/2017 5:50 AM

Tender and unexpected, these fritters are perfect to serve with cocktails at your next dinner party.

½ cup flour

 

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme leaves

1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and coarsely grated

¼ cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

1 large egg, beaten

¼ cup milk

About ½ cup vegetable oil, for frying

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and thyme in a mixing bowl. Add the grated squash, cheese, egg and milk, stirring until incorporated.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels, then seat a wire rack over it.

Heat ¼ cup of oil in a large, heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, drop tablespoonfuls of the batter into the skillet, without crowding them, and use the back of the spoon to press each mound into a flat pancake.

Cook the fritters until the undersides are browned, 1 to 2 minutes, then carefully turn them and cook until the second sides are nicely browned, another minute or two. Transfer the fritters to the rack to drain, sprinkling each one with a little salt.

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Fry the remaining fritter mixture in batches, adding more oil to the pan, as needed.

Serve right away.

Serves 4 (makes about 20 pieces)

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