Carrot-Zucchini Pancakes

Adapted from Mollie Katzen's Sunlight Café
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 to 5 servings (Sixteen 3 1/2-inch pancakes)
Cheerful flecks of orange and green make these light pancakes otherworldly and beautiful. This is a good way to get children (or anyone, for that matter) to eat vegetables. They make a good light supper entrée and are also a wonderful breakfast surprise!

  • Use a food processor with the medium-grate attachment to grate both the carrot and the zucchini. No need to clean it in between. You can grate the vegetables up to several days ahead. Store them in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.

  • The batter keeps well for up to 5 days if stored in a tightly covered container in the refrigerator.

  • To keep the pancakes warm, transfer them to a rack on a baking tray, and place the tray in a 200°F oven until serving time. (The rack keeps them crisp.) They are also good at room temperature.

4 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups (packed) grated zucchini
2 cups (packed) grated carrot
1/2 cup finely minced scallions
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/3 cup unbleached all-purpose flour or rice flour
Nonstick spray for the pan
A little unsalted butter for the pan (optional)

Optional Toppings:
Sour cream or yogurt
Minced fresh mint leaves
Tomato Jam
  1. Combine the eggs, salt, and pepper in a medium-sized bowl and beat with a whisk until frothy.
  2. Gradually beat in the zucchini, carrot, scallions, and herbs. Keep beating as you sprinkle in the flour.
  3. Place a skillet or a griddle over medium heat. After few minutes, spray it lightly with nonstick spray, and if you like, melt in a little butter. When the cooking surface is hot enough to sizzle a bread crumb, use a quarter-cup measure with a handle to scoop batter onto the hot pan, and fry for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, or until golden and crisp.
  4. Serve hot -- plain, or topped with a dab of sour cream or yogurt and some minced fresh mint leaves. For a special touch, pass a dish of homemade Tomato Jam to spoon on the side.
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