If you are looking for a light dinner option, or in minature a great appetiser for a dinner party..then look no further than these quick, simple and healthy zucchini and haloumi fritters.
Grate 4 large zucchini into a colander - let them sit for half an hour
Finely dice an onion, crush two cloves of garlic and 2 rashers of bacon (can be left out if you are after a vege only option)
Fry the onion, garlic and bacon in a small amount of oil/spray
While the onion etc is cooking, grate 250g of haloumi cheese into a bowl - and add the finely grated zest of half a lemon
Squeeze out the excess moisture from the zucchini through the colander and add to haloumi, along with the onion etc and mix well
Sprinkle flour over the top of the mix until covered (the amount of flour will depend on how big your zucchinis were and how much moisture you got out of them - this step will require you to adjust your mixture accordingly)
Add two beaten eggs to the mix and stir until it becomes slightly "gluggy" - the mixture is not meant to be batter with bits of stuff floating around but more the ingredients bound together with a really small amount of batter...this is where you may need to add extra flour
Season with pepper - you won't need salt as the bacon and haloumi are both pre' salty
Heat 5mm of oil in a frying pan (again you can use what type you like - but I wouldn't recommend an olive oil with a strong taste - and you want something that can stand a prolonged heat - coconut oil works really well, as does peanut or vegetable)
Fry batches of mixture in whatever size you like (I made ours into large "burger" size patties for our main meal, if you wanted smaller appetiser size ones just cook them for less time each side) until golden brown each side and drain on paper towel.
They taste especially good with a nice relish or chutney and a simple side salad.