Daring Cooks – February 2012 – The Pattie!


 The Daring Cooks’ February 2012 challenge was hosted by Audax & Lis and they chose to present Patties for their ease of construction, ingredients and deliciousness! We were given several recipes, and learned the different types of binders and cooking methods to produce our own tasty patties!

Audax adapted a number of popular recipes to come up with the challenge patty recipes and Lisa has chosen to share two recipes – California Turkey Burger adapted from Cooking Light Magazine, and French Onion Salisbury Steak adapted from Cuisine at Home magazine.

So, this months cooking challenge is the Pattie!  Pause now, if you listen carefully you can hear my husband screaming and cheering for this.  Daring cooks, Audax and lis, he is giving this a standing ovation!  Ever the meat fan, the burger fan, I can hear his enthusiasm, and in his eyes I can see stacks and piles of homemade burgers, full of bacon and cheese and other endless combinations of heart stopping ingredients.   What have I gotten myself in to?

I must admit though, after seeing some of the  variations and knowing that I definitely could use patty preparation practice (thats almost a tongue twister), I was thrilled to attempt a variation that not only has ZUCCHINI in it, but it will finally give me an excuse to have prosciutto in the house!  So here we go,  Patty making a la Darrrrrrrring.

Zucchini, prosciutto & cheese fritters

Servings: makes about 8-10 two inch (five cm) fritters
Recipe can be doubled
adapted from http://smittenkitchen.com/2011/08/zucchini-fritters/
  • 2 medium sized Zucchini’s
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup grated cheese (A sharp cheddar was recommended)
  • 5 slices prosciutto, cut into small pieces
  • ½ cup all-purpose (plain) flour plus ½ teaspoon baking powder, sifted together
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp chilli paste
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly cracked
  • 2 tbsp oil, for frying

Grate your zucchini in to a bowl, add the salt and set aside for 10 minutes atleast

pan fry your Prosciutto, when thats done, back to the zucchini. Squeeze drain it thru a cloth or towel. You'll get a lot of liquid. Discard the liquid

add all your ingredients together, leave the egg til last. Remember to lightly beat it. Then preheat the oil in your pan

Scoop some batter in to the hot pan, I used an ice cream scoop. Flatten them down. If they're too thick, they won't cook properly. Fry for 3-4 minutes, 3 was on the dot for me, and flip. Fry other side for 2-3 minutes

I pat dryed them with some clean paper towel after frying. I hate oil puddles on my plates. Then serve! Well recieved


So this challenge surprisingly went off without a hitch.  Not a single issue, not a cooking problem, nothing.  This was my first time trying prosciutto (I know, the horror) and to be honest cooking it made the room smell like dog food a little, but it tasted really good.  Like very salty bacon.

I think my next attempt will be more adventurous! Maybe i’ll succumb to my husbands demands and make some form of stuffed burger patty,  OR, I could always spite him by making the turkey karbonatky.

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16 Responses to “Daring Cooks – February 2012 – The Pattie!”

  1. The Garlic Press Says:

    Ooh, these sound good! I don’t like the way prosciutto smells when it’s cooking either, so I might try these with bacon instead. I love the idea of putting the chili paste into the fritters as an ingredient rather than serving it on the side as a condiment.

    • Sterlingo Says:

      Yea the chilli paste gave it some nice colour and a little bit of zing, but not so much that the kids wouldn’t eat it

  2. Rhonda Says:

    I really thought about making these since I have zucchini in the freezer (still might). Your’s look perfect!

    • Sterlingo Says:

      Thank you! They were fun to make and tasted great

  3. Jenni Says:

    Great job! Your fritters look awesome! I seriously love zucchini fritters, and this recipe looks great!!

    • Sterlingo Says:

      thank you! it tasted great!

  4. Shelley C Says:

    YUM – those look delicious, and I love the photo of your daughter biting into hers! I have a lonely zucchini just waiting to be turned into something delicious, and I am tempted to make these, after seeing yours!! Great work.

  5. blepharisma Says:

    These look great… and the face at the end says it all! So sweet!

  6. Lyuba Says:

    Looks great!! I chose those too but used bacon and forgot to squeeze zucchini dry. It was still very good. Your look great!
    Come by at http://www.willcookforsmiles.com/2012/02/daring-kitchen-flipping-patties.html

    • Sterlingo Says:

      I did come by actually! they look amazing but Blogger isn’t letting me reply to people today for some reason. It won’t stop giving me new “secret codes” even though i’m typing them in right. They looked great!

  7. Audax Artifex Says:

    What a lovely posting I adore that last pix of your daughter eating the fruits of your labours so so cute!!! Maybe a meat patty for your husband would be nice for Valentine’s Day would be a treat for him and you <3. Cheers from Audax in Sydney Australia.

  8. Susie Bee on Maui Says:

    Nice job! Love seeing what everyone did with this month’s challenge. (How can you go wrong with prosciutto, BTW?)

  9. AvocadoPesto Says:

    Looks great! So glad the daring cooks went smoothly this time around. I can’t believe you hadn’t tried prosciutto before! I absolutely love it. Though as of recently I’ve grown fonder of jamon serrano – essentially the Spanish form of cured pork – it’s significantly dryer than prosciutto and has a slightly different taste – I urge you to try it if you haven’t already!

  10. Jo Says:

    Love that your patties were so well received, that is one happy kiddo! If prosciutto isn’t your thing, maybe pancetta would work magic in these? May have to give it a try myself!

  11. Cher Says:

    Proscuitto makes everything better, doesn’t it? It is so fun to see every one’s creations this month.

  12. Lisa Says:

    What a fabulous and job on the zuke, cheese and prosciutto fritters! They not only look perfect, they’re undoubtedly delicious! LOL@ finally having a reason to get prosciutto into the house!


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