Gluten-Free Veggie Snack:
Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip
Once upon a time, in what seems like another lifetime, I ran a restaurant in Cyprus. We used to cook traditional Greek and Turkish Cypriot cuisine as well as weekly specials for the ex-pats such as fish and chips on Friday, Sunday roast dinners (on Sunday of course) as well as the odd curry night. Our meze menu was famous and comprised salads, crusty local bread, chips and at least sixteen dips and starter style dishes followed by numerous cooked meats, vegetables and little boreks (pies) as well as fritters similar to my recipe for today – Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip. And, it was that recipe for our “Kabak Köftesi” (little courgette fritters often in the shape of balls) that triggered me to make these over the weekend, and the recent #YogurtStylist contest.
These fritters are made with feta cheese, but I was very lucky to be able to find some Beyaz Penir recently, which is Turkish white cheese and is similar to feta, only slightly creamier, and which gave these fritters an authentic taste of the original restaurant recipe. Feta cheese is perfect for this recipe of course and the combination of grated courgettes, spring onions and garlic marries so well with this tangy cheese, as well as the chilli mint dip too. These little fritters are just perfect for any glut of courgettes you may have, as I am sure lots of gardeners are experiencing this summer, and are gluten-free and vegetarian for any meat-free days.
Before I share the recipe, let me just go back to the #YogurtStylist contest I mentioned before, a competition I was judging and hosting along with the Yogurt Council; well, the winner and runners-up have been revealed and what I hard task I had to choose from all the amazing entries too! I am delighted to announce that Lil from Whip until Fluffy is the overall winner with her fabulous Courgette & Yogurt Loaves recipe and images.…..Lil will be travelling to see me in France in three weeks time for part of her prize which is a food styling workshop with me! To see Lil’s winning entry and all of the other amazing finalists, please pop over to the Yogurt Council’s website here: #YogurtStylist Competion: Winner & Runners Up Revealed. Her winning image which scooped her the £1,000 cash prize is shared below too…….
With thanks to all who entered and special mentioned must also go to the four runners up: @me_and_orla, @kateveggiedesserts, @sylviahappiness and @eat_your_veg who will each receive £100 worth of vouchers for a supermarket of their choice. A collage of their entries is shared below……..and a special thanks to Lou of Eat your Veg for her courgette fritters recipe that also inspired me to replicate today’s recipe.
But back to my recipe for today, my Courgette & Feta Cheese Fritters with Chilli Mint Yogurt Dip, the recipe and some step-by-step images are shared below and I hope you will enjoy this recipe, as much as my customers used to, if you try it! I’ll be back in a couple of days with a new 5:2 diet recipe, a new giveaway, some more seasonal fruit recipes as well as a summer cocktail recipe too……and watch out for my next Singapore and Atlantic Canada posts, have a GREAT week, Karen
I am entering this recipe into my own challenge of Cooking with Herbs for July, as it uses fresh mint!