patties

Cheesy Chinese Zucchini & Carrot Patties

I love making patties because that is one of the best ways to clear my leftovers in the fridge.  Once again, this recipe was inspired by Chef Gordon Ramsay.  In his original recipe, he used haloumi cheese.  I didn't have any haloumi at the time but I had some aged cheddar cheese sitting in the fridge so I used that instead.  Instead of using any imported courgettes, I used the local Chinese zucchini.  You can easily find them at most of the supermarkets and wet markets in Hong Kong.  

The wonderful thing about this recipe is that it doesn't hurt the wallet yet the taste remains magnificent and the kids would love it.  These patties are great to impress guests for small gatherings as a starter.  Most importantly, you don't need to go out of your ways to get these simplest ingredients.  

Happy cooking! :) 

Love, 

Cindy x

The taste and texture of these patties are magnificent.  Anyone who doesn't like veggies would somehow end up loving these patties.  

Servings: 5 patties

Preparation Time: 15-20 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Ingredients for the patties: 

1 chinese zucchini, grated

1 carrot, grated

2 eggs, whisked

1.5 cup panko breadcrumbs

1 garlic glove, finely chopped

1 cup grated cheddar cheese

1/2 cup grated parmesan

1 handful fresh basil leaves * ( I used thai basil because that's what I found in the wet market), chopped

1/2 cup chopped spring onion

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Sprinkle some salt to the grated veggies and squeeze out any excess moisture.  Transfer the veggies to a large mixing bowl.  

2) Add garlic, cheese, fresh basil, spring onion, egg, and breadcrumbs.  Season.  Mix well.  

3) Form about 3cm thick patties with your hands and refrigerate the patties for about 20 minutes.  

4) Preheat a frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil on medium-low heat, cook each side of the patties for roughly 10-15 minutes until each side turns golden.  Reduce heat if necessary.  

5) Use a kitchen paper towel to soak up any excess oil.  Serve with the sweet and spicy sauce.  Recipe is below.  

In the original recipe, chef Gordon Ramsay used haloumi but I didm;t want to go to an international supermarket to get it so I just used some aged cheddar.  In fact, aged cheddar is a lot of cheaper so it's perfect if you are planning on a budget meal.  

Add garlic, cheese, fresh basil, spring onion, egg, and breadcrumbs.  Season.  Mix well.  

Form about 3cm thick patties with your hands and refrigerate the patties for about 20 minutes.  

Ingredients for the sweet and spicy sauce: 

1 tsp fresh ginger, finely chopped

1 pinch salt

1/2 tsp sugar

1/2 red chili, finely chopped

1/2 green chili, finely chopped

1/3 cup rice vinegar

1 drizzle extra-virgin olive oil

1 handful chopped coriander

Instruction: Mix all ingredients in a small bowl.  Serve with the patties.  

cheesy chinese zucchini and carrot patties with sweet and spicy sauce

cheesy chinese zucchini and carrot patties with sweet and spicy sauce - enjoy :) 

another crowd pleaser for labor day..

If you are planning to have a little gathering at your place, you may consider making these simple, healthy, and delicious patties for your loved ones.  I pair my patties with a little hot sauce mixed with honey to give a sweet and spicy flavor to my patties.  My niece is four and she is practically my food taster these days.  I'm fascinated by these little people's sensitivity of taste buds.  Their approach to food is beyond my imagination and expectation.   And I do believe that it is important to spend a little time educating the young ones about food, teaching them where their plates of food came from and letting them get the sense of how food enables us encountering nature.   I don't like to preach because I am not a trained chef, an eloquent food writer, or a certified nutritionist.  This is also why I don't like to say too much on my blog.  I would rather use my images and my actual daily practice to show that home cooking is doable and eating healthy doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.  This little change to your lifestyle can make a huge difference to the world in the long run.  Happy cooking and happy Labor Day! 

 

 

INGREDIENTS: 

Serving: 8-10 patties

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes

1 can of chickpea, drained; boiled in hot water for 10-15 minutes, remove the skins of the chickpeas

1 carrot, shredded

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

3 shallots, finely chopped

100g grated cheddar cheese

50g grated parmesan

1 bunch chopped fresh parsley

2 eggs

1/2 cup panko

extra-virgin olive oil

Instructions: 

1) Preheat a frying pan with oil on medium heat, cook chopped garlic and carrot 5 minutes.  Fire off. 

2) Transfer the cooked carrots to a large mixing bowl.  Add chickpea and get a potato masher to mash the vegetables together.  

3) Add cheese, fresh parsley, chopped shallot, eggs and panko to the chickpea mixture.  Season.  Mix well.  

4) Form the patties with your hands by carefully roll the mixture into a ball, then gently squeeze down to flatten the patties to about 3cm thick.   

5) Preheat a frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil on medium heat, add the patties and cook each side for about 5 minutes or less.* 

6) Place the cooked patties on a kitchen towel to soak up any excess oil.  Serve them with a bun as a veggie burger or finger food as you like. 

 

* Try to control your fire and make sure it is under medium or medium low heat.  It is important to avoid burning your oil and patties.