One of my all time favorite Greek taverna appetizers are fried zucchini patties called kolokithokeftethes, with tzatziki. These patties are not really unhealthy other than the fried part. That’s the beauty of Greek food; it manages to make vegetables something you want to order from the menu, not something you have to order for your own good.
I don’t particularly like frying in the house, so I have been making an easier (and accidentally healthier) alternative patty/muffin by baking them in a muffin pan. And since I love muffins, this was the perfect adaptation of this traditional recipe.
At 60 calories each, these are great for an appetizer or lunch. There is hardly any added fat, apart from 2 teaspoons of olive oil in the whole batch. If you don’t want to make tzatziki you can accompany them with a light dip made from Greek yogurt (strained yogurt)…
These savory muffins/patties have plenty of herbs and a bit of feta cheese. The traditional recipe doesn’t include flour (except for frying) or breadcrumbs, but I add them here for a bit of volume.
Savory Greek Style Muffins/Patties with Greek Yogurt Dip
- 3-4 zucchini grated with skin
- ½ onion finely chopped
- 2 large eggs
- 3 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons parmesan
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 2 tablespoons dill
- 2 tablespoons mint
- ½ cup breadcrumbs
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
1. Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Line a muffin pan with muffin liners (remove them before serving)
3. Grate the zucchini, place in a colander and salt lightly, let it sit for about 10 minutes. Squeeze as much water as you can from the zucchini and place in a bowl.
4. In another bowl beat the eggs, add the cheese onion, parsley, dill, mint, pepper and olive oil. Mix well and then add the breadcrumbs and mix some more.
5. Add mixture to zucchini and mix well, mash with a fork to combine all ingredients well.
6. Divide mixture in a 12 muffin pan, about 1 ½ tablespoons each.
7. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. They will golden brown on the outside and soft inside.
Add some dill, parsley, a bit of salt and a few drops of olive oil. Mix well. Serve with zucchini muffins.