Sunday, April 13, 2014

Discovering the Virtues of Squash: Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise

"Simplify Velva!"  It is the story of my life.   It is my main challenge, it is what I strive for, and I remind myself everyday to slow down, I am moving too fast, take a breath.

I find that I am most successful at keeping things simple is in the kitchen.  This is the space that centers my world (Placing my hands in my garden soil that is a whole other experience) but my kitchen is where it all begins for me.

Lately I have developed an interest in spaghetti squash and I have tried my hand at using the squash as the focus of my meal.  This squash is versatile and buttery and when prepared properly can also be an excellent alternative to pasta.

I came across this spaghetti squash fritters recipe in Cooking Light magazine and it immediately caught my eye.  Served up with a Sriracha mayonnaise makes for a light meal that is delicious and healthy.







Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Sriracha Mayonnaise
Recipe from Cooking Light

Ingredients:
1 (2 pound) spaghetti squash
1 (8-ounce) package baby spinach
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large egg whites
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
5 teaspoons canola mayonnaise
2 teaspoons 2% reduced fat milk
1 teaspoon Sriracha (hot chile sauce)
1 teaspoon cider vinegar

Directions:
1.  Cut squash in half lengthwise.  Scoop out seeds: discard.  Place squash halves, cut sides up, in a microwave-safe bowl.  Cover with a damp paper towel.  Microwave at HIGH 20 minutes or until tender.  Let stand 10 minutes.  Scrape inside of squash with a fork to remove spaghetti like strands to measure 4 cups.

2.  Heat large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add spinach to pan;cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Place squash and spinach on clean dish towel: squeeze until barely moist.  Coarsely chop squash mixture, and place in a large bowl.  Add panko and next 4 ingredients (through baking powder), and toss well to combine.  Place egg whites in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form.  Gently fold egg whites into squash mixture.

3.  Fill a 1/4 cup dry measuring cup with squash mixture.  Invert onto work surface; gently pat into a 1/4-inch thick patty.  Repeat procedure with remaining squash mixture, forming 10 patties total.  Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat.  Add 1-1/2 teaspoons oil to pan, and swirl to coat.  Add 5 patties to pan; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned.  Remove patties from pan; keep warm.  Repeat the procedure with remaining 1-1/2 teaspoons oil and squash patties.

4.  Combine mayonnaise and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.  Serve with fritters.



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36 comments:

Barbara said...

I love spaghetti squash! Great idea, Velva. I usually bake and add butter, garlic and sage. Can't wait to try this!

Kalyn Denny said...

Love this idea, this is truly quite brilliant!

Helen @ Scrummy Lane said...

Hello, Velva! I have a chicken roasting in the oven right now, but I'm actually now wishing I had some of these for dinner instead ... or at least as an appetizer! They sound amazing. I love anything like this which have a crispy outside and are great for dipping!

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Thanks for your nice comment on my birthday post! This dish looks delicious and is going on my pinterest board now. Simple works for me!

Karen Harris said...

These sound great Velva! I must admit that I don't eat much spaghetti squash because I have become bored with baking it. This recipe could definitely re-ignite my interest.

Angie Schneider said...

These fritters look scrumptious, Velva. Can't find spaghetti squash at this time of year...saving it for the next autumn.

Julie said...

These look wonderful! It's fun to see something else besides just plain spaghetti squash!

Taste of Beirut said...

yum! love fritters but never used this squash for them; they are actually not widely grown in Lebanon but of course in Texas I use them often and made different things with them ; the fritters and the sauce sound perfect for a light meal.

Rebecca Subbiah said...

these look great :-) did you feature on your cooking class?

Sam Hoffer @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Very pretty. Squash fritters - how cool and Sriracha mayonnaise only makes it better.
Sam

Michelle said...

These sound so good, especially with the Sriracha mayo.

Sue/the view from great island said...

I am so ashamed to admit that I have never bought or cooked a spaghetti squash --- this is my kind of dinner, I need to make these!

The JR said...

Those look delicious and when I have squash running out of my ears this summer I need to make these.

Big Dude said...

Looks like a good way to use spaghetti squash - haven't had any fritters in forever.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

One of my favorite things to make during summer squash season is zucchini fritters. I would have never thought to make them with spaghetti squash but would love to try! The Sriracha sauce sounds wonderful too.

That Girl said...

I need more simple in my life.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Sometimes I struggle with what to do with spaghetti squash - the recipes are often too much, or too little. But this looks just right! I'm going to bookmark for when the farm harvests the spaghetti squash!

~~louise~~ said...

Oh Velva, I know what you mean about slowing down and simplifying. No matter how I try, I just can't seem to find a happy medium. You would think by now I would. {{sigh}}

You are not going to believe this but, I have never cooked with Spaghetti Squash. Better yet, well not really, I have never even tasted it. I know shame on me!

This recipe has certainly gotten my attention though. You just can't go wrong with fritters and there's spinach to boot! I'm not sure about the Sriracha Mayo though but I'd be willing to try. I'm going to pin this recipe to one of my "hidden" boards so my daughter can see it too. My grandkids LOVE Spaghetti Squash. Thank you so much for sharing, Velva. Your fritters look so darn good, I wish I could have one right now!!!

Catherine said...

Oh, I know I would like those! Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Rambling Tart said...

I love fritters hands down, but this mayo is pure genius. :-)

Kitchen Belleicious said...

i absolutely love when I see such a creative and genius recipe. I love to fry anything being from the south and your spaghetti squash fritters are just perfect. I did some black eyed pea fitters a few weeks back- yet to post- and i think yours would be even better!

Anonymous said...

What is the nutritional value of these?

Ann Jones said...

Love the mayo! These look great, I love spaghetti squash and so do my kids :)

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

I just adore fritters and this dipping sauce sounds amazing, I have only cooked spaghetti squash the same way every time for years now this looks like a nice change.

Monet said...

My mom and I love spaghetti squash. These look so good. Thank you for sharing such a delicious recipe, my friend. I hope you are enjoying April...and that your days are looking more and more like spring.

Weekend-Windup said...

They look so good. It has come out in good texture. Ready to eat it!

Rhodesia said...

I always have too many squash and courgettes etc during summer so I have book marked this for use in the next few months. Many thanks. Have a good week Diane

Grandbabycakes said...

Spaghetti squash fritters might be the most genius recipe ever! i love a fritter and squash. They must be perfect together!

Gone-ta-pott said...

Oh those look lovely and I've never cooked fritters with spaghetti squash before. I'm going to give this a try.

Tina said...

Just like Louise, I have never cooked spaghetti squash. I have enjoyed it as a side dish at Bonefish grill but, never tried cooking it. They remind me of zucchini fritters. Yummy!

Hope your garden is going well. I think a few of our tomatoes took a hit when we had frost 2 weeks ago :-(

Al said...

Interesting with spaghetti squash. The fritters with a little bit of sauce.... I like it! Thank you.
Happy Easter!

Lea Ann (Cooking On The Ranch) said...

Can't wait to buy a spaghetti squash and give this a try. And with that mayo.... yes PLEASE! Thanks for sharing Velva.

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Velva this is gorgeous. And when you combine healthy with the word 'fritter' - I know you've got a winner!

Blond Duck said...

Oh it sounds wonderful!

grace said...

i'm loving spaghetti squash--it's so fun! this is the first time i've seen fritters made with it and it's a fabulous idea! the mayo is clever too. :)

suhaina aji said...

really interesting recipe..looks delish

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