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Baked Zucchini Patties

Baked Zucchini Patties

Just like other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people, Turks also love stuffed vegetables. They try to fill every kind of vegetable you can think of with rice or rice-meat mixture. If the vegetable is not a leafy one, then it is hollowed out for stuffing. And zucchini patties are almost always a side dish to the stuffed zucchinis.  Every household would save the carved out tender zucchini flesh, and once the demanding stuffing procedure is done, remaining zucchini pieces are grated and turned into delicious patties.

I like very kind of zucchini dish, and this is also one of my favorites.  In it is original form, the batter is runnier and it is deep fried in olive oil. However, I follow a different, healthier interpretation. I saw this idea in another food blog (in Turkish) few years ago, and played around with the recipe a little bit.  As a result, this become one of my favorite recipes, being super easy and healthy at the same time.

It serves as a great appetizer, side dish or as a brunch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lbs zucchini
  • 3-4 scallions
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese (more…)
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Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake

When I moved to the US, it was October and it was the harvest time.  I was amazed by the different kinds of winter squash in grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Out of those countless different shapes and colors, pumpkin is the most ( and probably only) familiar one to me.  Even though we have pumpkin in Turkey, its use is pretty limited.  Most households would only cook Pumpkin in Syrup, and roast the seeds as snack.  So it was the only pumpkin recipe I knew until recently.  After moving in to California, I started to experiment with pumpkin and other winter squashes, and tried different recipes, and realized that I really like the nutty creamy flavor of this vegetable.

So when our friends invited over us for The Thanksgiving dinner, I volunteered to make the desert.  Since Thanksgiving is an harvest celebration, pumpkin was a good fit for the menu, and most people would cook Pumpkin Pie.  But I wanted to make something different, so I baked a Pumpkin Cheesecake. 🙂

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