Kolokythokeftedes (pr. ko-lo-kee-tho-ke-FTE-thes) are one of the best mezedes (or appetizers) you can find in any Greek taverna during summer.
They are fried patties or fritters made of grated courgettes (zucchini), (called kolokythia, in Greek), but any other squash can also be used as well. Aromatic herbs, such as parsley, mint, basil, dill, etc., are used, depending on preference, cheese, usually feta, flour, (or bread crumbs, bulgur, or quinoa) and eggs are added to bind the mixture together.
The amount of flour required will vary according to the moisture left in the zucchini so make sure that you squeeze out most of the water.
These delicious morsels are perfect for a pre-dinner snack (mezes pl. mezedes, as we call them in Greek) or light lunch with a salad.
Shape them into patties by hand, round or oblong. However, today I am going to show you how I shape them into quenelles, a technique which is less messy.
Use two spoons to make the quenelles, to give an oval shape, similar to the way to shape ice creams or sobets. However, this method can also be used for other ingredients which are soft and can be shaped, such as mashed potatoes, etc.
The mixture passes from one spoon to the other, giving the shape of an elongated fritter and then fried.
Bite through a slightly crisp, brown outer coat and discover the meltingly soft, light yet sticky, interior. You’ll love them.
I’ve made them with all the above mentioned ingredients and whichever you will use, I assure you thaat they are utterly delicious, and do not take much time to make.
Two years ago, my brother and his family came to Greece from Australia on holidays. I made them and they loved them.
We went to Nafplio during a weekend and then all together we went to Tinos for our holidays.
The Church of Evaggelismos tis Theotokou (the Virgin Mary)
Painting a smaller Church
A typical island house at Tinos, where you may see of the roof the pigeon holes.
View from the Castle (Palamidi)
In the local “tavernas” it was a kind of a speciality and we used to order them a lot. My sister in law remembered them a few weeks back when we spoke on the phone and I promised that I would post the recipe for her.
Stin ygeia sas!
(The Greek phrase for toasting is “Stin ygeia sas” (pr. stin ee-GHEEA sas), which means “to your health”).
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Kopiaste and Kali Orexi,