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These Keto Zucchini Fritters with Bacon and Cheese are a delicious low carb appetizer or side dish with less than 2 net carbs per fritter. Packed full of veggie goodness with cheese and bacon, dip them in sour cream or ranch dressing.
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What is a fritter?
Fritter gets its name from the Late Latin frictura, meaning “a fry.” Frictura, in turn, is derived from the Latin berb frigere which meant “to fry” or “to roast.”
Fritter, any of various types of fried foods, generally consisting of small pieces of meat, vegetables, fruit, or dough. Plain fritters are deep-fried cakes of chou paste or yeast dough. In another type, bits of meat, seafood, vegetables, or fruit are coated with batter and deep-fried. Small cakes of chopped food in batter, such as corn fritters in the southern United States, are also called fritters.
Fritters are found in many cuisines.
The French beignets, Italian bigne, and Greek loukoumades are sweet cakes of the first type of fritter. The batter-frying technique was introduced into Japan by the Portuguese and Spanish in the late 16th century; the tempura that developed, a mixed fry of shrimp, herbs, and vegetables, has been totally incorporated into the cuisine.
The Indian pakora is a savory deep-fried cake containing bits of cauliflower, eggplant, or other vegetables. Fritto misto is an Italian dish of bits of meat, seafood, and vegetables dipped in batter and fried in olive oil. A specialty dish of various local cuisines is the flower fritter, using daylilies, roses, violets, acacia, elder blow, or squash blossoms.
So that then begs the question
Are fritters keto?
And of course, the answer would be "it depends".
It would depend on what you are making the fritter out of (fruit, vegetable, meat) and what the recipe uses to achieve the batter needed to make the fritter. A keto version of a fritter would of course only use a low carb vegetable or fruit and would not use regular flour, cornstarch, or any of the traditional binders used when frying something.
Keto fritters will utilize ingredients like almond, coconut, or other low carb flours, pork rinds, or even a fat head dough for the batter.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE KETO CHEESY ZUCCHINI FRITTERS WITH BACON
Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
- Wholesome Yum Superfine Almond Flour
- Green onions
- Cheddar cheese
- Pink sea salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Sour cream (optional)
- Fresh snipped chives (optional)
HOW TO MAKE KETO ZUCCHINI FRITTERS WITH BACON AND CHEESE
Place grated zucchini in a colander over the sink. Sprinkle with salt and gently toss to combine; let sit for 20 minutes. Wrap zucchini in a clean dishtowel and squeeze out the excess liquid.
Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, and remove the skillet from the heat reserving the bacon fat. When the bacon is cool, chop or crumble it.
In a large bowl, combine zucchini, almond flour, egg, green onions, garlic, and bacon; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Heat the bacon fat in the skillet over medium heat. Using a cookie scooper (a rounded tablespoon), place one scoop of batter for each fritter in the hot skillet, flattening with a spatula, and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2 minutes.
Carefully flip and cook on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer.
Serve immediately with sour cream and chives.
FAQS ABOUT KETO ZUCCHINI FRITTERS WITH BACON AND CHEESE
How do you get the keto zucchini fritters crispy?
The first thing is that you need to get as much water out of the zucchini as possible. So don't skip the 20 minutes in the colander and really wring the zucchini out in a clean dish towel.
Then make sure to use enough bacon fat, or oil, to get the outside fried well.
Also, don't overcrowd the pan. If you do the zucchini fritters will steam instead of frying and that takes all of the crispiness right out of them.
Make sure to serve them right away.
How do I store leftover keto zucchini fritters?
Store any leftover zucchini fritters in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
To reheat them, place them on a sheet pan in a 400-degree F oven for about 10 minutes, or until they are warmed through.
You can also freeze these Keto Zucchini Fritters with Bacon and Cheese. After you cook the fritters, let them cool completely. Place them in a single layer on a small baking sheet or plate and freeze until solid. Then, you can transfer them to a zip-top bag for longer storage.
Last thoughts about Keto Zucchini Fritters with Bacon and Cheese
These fritters are addictive, I swear! Once I start making them and eating them, I can't seem to stop. The same goes for my family and friends. Everyone gets excited when they know these zucchini fritters are being made!
A word of advice though, these Keto Zucchini Fritters with Bacon and Cheese may seem small and you will be tempted to make bigger fritters but don't! They are pretty fragile when you turn them and making bigger fritters resulted in a crumbled pile of zucchini fritter "hash" in my pan.
So keep them small and bite-sized!
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Keto Zucchini Fritters with Bacon and Cheese
- 2 medium zucchini shredded (about 2 cups)
- 2 slices bacon
- 1/3 cup Wholesome Yum Superfine Almond Flour
- 1 large egg lightly beaten
- 3 green onions chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 ounces cheddar cheese shredded
- pink salt
- cracked black pepper
- sour cream for serving (optional)
- fresh chopped chives for serving (optional)
- Place grated zucchini in a mesh strainer, or colander, over the sink. Sprinkle with salt and gently toss to combine; let sit for 20 minutes. Wrap zucchini in a clean dishtowel and squeeze out the excess liquid.
- Meanwhile, in a large non-stick skillet, cook the bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate, remove the skillet from the heat reserving the bacon fat. When the bacon is cool, chop or crumble it.
- In a large bowl, combine zucchini, almond flour, egg, green onions, garlic, and bacon; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Heat the bacon fat in the skillet over medium heat. Using a cookie scooper (a rounded tablespoon), place one scoop of batter for each fritter in the hot skillet, flattening with a spatula, and cook until the underside is nicely golden brown, about 2 minutes.
- Carefully flip and cook on the other side, about 1-2 minutes longer.
- Serve immediately with sour cream and chives.
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