Welcome to The Storied Recipe! I host a unique podcast where every guest gives me a recipe that’s significant to their culture, life, and memories. I make, photograph, and share the recipe with you. I invite you to listen to Marybeth's story as you learn how to make her *delicious* Courgette Pancakes!
If you're new to The Storied Recipe, let me fill you in *really* quickly - basically, I don't choose any recipe that I make for this blog!! Every guest gives me a new recipe to try - a recipe they cherish for it's significance to their heritage, culture, or memories. So when I received the recipe for this Bisquick Zucchini Pancakes (aka Courgette Pancakes aka Summer Squash Pancakes aka Zucchini Fritters!) from Marybeth, I just wasn't sure what to think or expect.
Bluntly, I don't like zucchini. At all. I pretty much only like it in Zucchini Bread or Zucchini Cake.
I am familiar with the concept of hiding vegetables in enough batter and fat that you can't even taste the vegetable - but this recipe didn't seem to call for a lot of filler. I figured the high zucchini to filler ratio would make these Zucchini Pancakes extra nutritious, but I wasn't so sure if the would make the fritters extra *delicious*.
Honestly, cross my heart, TRUE STORY - I loved them! I really did!!
This recipe also made me realized exactly why I never liked squash or zucchini - it wasn't about the flavor, it was about the texture.
The truly critical step to this recipe is squeezing out the moisture from the courgettes. Once you've done that, you have a beautiful, vibrant, fresh green flavor to mix in with a little Bisquick (we don't have that in our pantry so we made our own), an egg, a touch of parmesan, and a dash of pepper. It really is that simple!
P.S. The cheese and sour cream Marybeth suggests doesn't hurt either!!! 😉
What Marybeth Says About Her Bisquick Zucchini Pancakes
I associate zucchini pancakes with my mom and her mom. The dishes that my Grammy cooked up were always impacted by what my Grandaddy happened to grow in the garden - they had an enormous garden, which I'm currently revitalizing and cultivating myself.
As my mother tells it - sometime in the 80's, my Grandad began growing a ridiculous amount of zucchini, so my Grammy had to find new things to make with it. I wish I could ask Grammy where the recipe originally came from, but if I had to guess I'd say some catalogue, readers digest, or even a Bisquick package. Though she was never a creative chef, she was constantly reading and driven by feeding her family and not wasting any food (traits I'm sure were solidified by the Great Depression).
I do remember my Grammy making these during the summer when I would travel to and stay at their house (that I now call home) as a kid - but my most poignant memories are of my own mom making them in my 600 square foot childhood home during hot summer days. Most of the time they didn't make it to an actual sit down meal and plate - because they're so tasty hot out of the pan. I chose to share this recipe because they remind me of a time in my life when my relationship with food was wholly uncomplicated. Good food has always been a way for me to come back home to myself - and this recipe is no exception to that.
A Few Questions I Asked Marybeth About Her Courgette Pancakes
What if I don't have Bisquick? Can I just use flour?
Well, no, you can't replace Bisquick with flour -
However, you *can* replace Bisquick with flour and baking powder (and a little pinch of salt). Most people call for 1.5 teaspoon of baking soda for every 1 cup of flour - plus a quarter teaspoon of salt.
This recipe only call for 3tbsp of Bisquick. If you stick with these proportions, that would mean adding ⅜ of a teaspoon of baking powder and just a pinch of salt to your mixture. But frankly, I rounded up to a half and didn't measure carefully and it was all just perfect.
Can I skip the step where I squeeze the moisture out of the zucchini?
No! This step is absolutely, 100% completely necessary. As Marybeth says, the more moisture you squeeze out of the zucchini, the crispier your fritters will be.
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