Summer Squash Croquettes (Gluten Free)

These croquettes were born out of my husband’s dislike for yellow summer squash. I usually saute it in the summer and he typically won’t eat it because he doesn’t like anything “mushy”.  Today, after receiving a PILE of squash from a local farmer, I decided I would come up with a way to make it that would appeal to him. And thus, this recipe. I am pretty pleased with the results.

The idea for them came from my Salmon Croquettes. I started wondering if some finely chopped and sauteed squash and onions could be formed into patties or croquettes and then given a crispy exterior by coating them in gluten free breadcrumbs. And YAY it worked. These can be very versatile, depending on what you have on hand. You could do these with zucchini and squash or even just zucchini. And these passed the ultimate test. . . my husband happily ate them!

I hope your family will enjoy them as a fun side dish this summer!

INGREDIENTS:

Approx 2 cups of diced yellow summer squash (or zucchini)

1/2 cup finely chopped vidalia onion

1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs (divided)

1 egg

1/4 cup finely chopped parsley (or spinach) (optional but adds great green color and some nutritional value)

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp salt (you may can leave this out since the parmesan cheese adds salt also)

1/4 tsp black pepper

Olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

Place finely chopped squash and onions into a microwaveable bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for about 3-4 min, until they are slightly soft. I like my squash to still have some texture to it. Let this cool for at least 5 min or you will scramble the egg when you add it.

Add the egg, 1/2 cup of the  breadcrumbs (reserve the other 1/2 cup), parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper.  Mix well with hands or a spoon until combined thoroughly.

Heat several TBSP of olive oil in a nonstick skillet. Form mixture into balls and flatten slightly. Roll or pat into the other 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs.  Place each patty/croquette into the hot oil and cook 3-4 min on medium heat until browned. Flip and cook other side until golden brown. Remove and repeat process with remaining croquettes. Serve and enjoy!

*You can do most of this in advance and chill the squash mixture until ready to form into croquettes and cook.

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