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    To deal with that glut of zucchini, a big, skillet pancake to the rescue

    Ellie Krieger

    THE WASHINGTON POST – I originally came up with this savoury skillet pancake as a way to make a dent in the many pounds of zucchini a friend gifted me from her garden, but it is now a perennial favourite. In it, shredded zucchini, the star here, is mixed with just enough egg and flour to bind it into a tender pancake. The batter is poured into a skillet and then is baked, not fried, as zucchini pancakes tend to be, making it more healthful and far less messy than using the stove-top.

    The trick to making the pancake tender – not soggy – is to salt the shredded zucchini a bit, let it drain for fifteen minutes, and then squeeze as much water out of it as possible. Don’t be timid about the squeeze either – you want to put some hand pressure into it as it sits in a strainer – or you can put it into a cheesecloth and twist to expel the water that way.

    Once baked, the pancake emerges from the oven golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly, creamy yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. It makes for a wonderful brunch or lunch main course and can also be served as one of an array of small plates for dinner or a party.

    BIG ZUCCHINI PANCAKE WITH YOGURT-FETA SAUCE

    In this savoury skillet pancake, zucchini is the star, mixed with just enough egg and flour to bind it into a tender pancake. It is baked until golden and fragrant, ready to be dolloped with the most heavenly yogurt-feta sauce that’s flecked with fresh dill. To avoid a soggy result, be sure to squeeze as much of the water out of the zucchini as possible.

    MAKE AHEAD:

    The pancake is best served just-cooked, but it can be made one to two days ahead and reheated in a 350 degree oven. The sauce may be made up to three days ahead and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

    Zicchini pancake with yougurt-feta sauce. PHOTO: THE WASHINGTON POST

    Ingredients

    For the sauce:

    Half cup plain Greek yogurt (whole milk or low-fat)

    One-third cup crumbled feta cheese

    One tablespoon chopped fresh dill fronds

    One teaspoon fresh lemon juice

    Half teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

    Half small clove garlic, finely grated or minced

    For the pancake:

    One tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating the pan

    Two medium zucchini (one pound total), coarsely grated

    Half teaspoon kosher salt

    Two large eggs

    Half medium onion, coarsely grated and drained

    One-third cup whole-wheat pastry flour or all-purpose flour

    One teaspoon baking powder

    Quarter teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    Steps

    Make the sauce:

    In a medium bowl, stir together the yogurt, feta, dill, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve.

    Make the pancake:

    Preheat the oven to 375 degrees; position the rack in the middle. Brush a 10-inch, ovenproof non-stick or cast-iron skillet with a thin coat of oil.

    Toss the zucchini with the quarter teaspoon salt in a colander set over a bowl and let drain for 15 minutes. With your hands, squeeze as much water as possible out of the zucchini. (You can save the water for another use, such as a soup, stew or stock.)

    In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the strained zucchini and onion. Add the flour, one tablespoon of oil, baking powder, the remaining quarter teaspoon of salt and the pepper and stir to combine. Pour the batter into the greased skillet and spread it evenly with a spoon.

    Bake, about 30 minutes, until the pancake is set in the middle, browned on the edges and is golden brown on top. Transfer the pancake to a cutting board and allow to rest for five minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve right away with a dollop of the sauce on top or alongside.

    Nutrition

    Per serving: 192 calories, 10g protein, 20g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 3g saturated fat, 119mg cholesterol, 224mg sodium, 2g dietary fibre, 4g sugar.

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