Summer Squash is plentiful so it’s time for Fried Squash Fritters with Ginger Tomato Jam. Crispy pan-fried fritters filled with fresh squash, bread crumbs and parmesan cheese then topped with a zesty summer tomato jam.
Ginger Tomato Jam
1 pound fresh Roma tomatoes peeled, cored, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
Zest of one lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
1 teaspoon salt
Combine all ingredients in a heavy medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring often. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture has the consistency of thick jam, about 1 hour. Can be made a week ahead. Keep refrigerate, bring to room temperature when ready to use.
3 cups grated summer squash, about 2-3 medium squash
1 cup toasted panko bread crumbs*
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 green onions, finely sliced
2 large eggs, beaten until yolks and white are combined
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil, plus more if needed
Using a food processor or a box grater, grate the squash. Lay on a clean kitchen towel; roll up and squeeze several times, as tight as possible, to remove excess moisture. Measure out 3 cups.
In a medium bowl, combine the squash and with the bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, green onion, eggs, oregano, salt, and pepper. Shape mixture into 2 ½ inch patties, pressing together firmly. Place on a parchment-lined sheet tray and refrigerate uncovered for 30 minutes.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the oil. When the oil is hot, carefully add half the squash fritters to the pan and sauté for 4 minutes per side or until lightly browned. Be sure to turn over carefully. Remove and keep warm. Add extra oil, about 2 tablespoons if needed, and sauté the rest of the fritters. Served warm topped with the tomato jam.
*To toast the bread crumbs – lay in a single layer on a sheet tray and toast in a 350˚F preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until light brown.