Greece: The Cookbook: Zucchini Fritters, Spinach & Mushroom Salad and review

Two more dishes from our mezze dinner worth sharing our the Zucchini Fritters and the Spinach & Mushroom Salad. I had extra mushrooms from the Rice with Minced Meat and Mushroom Sauce we made and so I looked in the index to find this super quick salad that I thought would be a nice green dish to go with all the heavy foods we would be consuming. Our eldest threw this dish together too, like the tzatziki and all he needed was the salad bowl and a jar to make the dressing which marinates/cooks the mushrooms to make them more palatable than raw ones. It is just balsamic, olive oil, chili flakes, sesame seeds, salt and pepper shaken together and then poured over the spinach and mushrooms. Dead set, it is that simple.

Zucchini balls are one of my favorite foods – anything zucchini and I’m happy to be honest. These fritters were no exception. And Aaron got to use our deep fryer which is always fun! It’s a basic fritter dough of flour, baking powder, eggs, bread crumbs and to that we’ve added grated zucchini, pizza cheese, onion and parsley. Again our cookie scoop came in handy to portion the balls and it was about 4 batches in our small deep fryer and we had balls of delicious comfort food. These went exceptionally well with the salad and the tzatziki. Aaron’s only issue was forgetting to coat the fritters in flour before putting them in the deep fryer so they stuck to the basket. Oh well, better luck next time!

I have no idea how to begin talking about this cookbook. This book is so huge and I reckon you could easily cook from it daily and it would take you years to get through every recipe. It is comprehensive but also approachable. I wish I could have found all the different cheeses that the recipes recommend but there are usually substitution suggestions supplied to make it easier. I wish it had pictures more regularly, I found I really needed to look at what the Facebook group was making to get ideas for what recipes would be good to try. I never would have found meat rolls or that minced meat and rice dish otherwise. I will definitely continue to cook from this book but until I hit the sweet spot of knowing it has to be in our cookbook collection, I think I’ll just stick with checking it out from our local library.

To see the other recipes we’ve cooked this month, click on the links below: