This kabocha squash recipe is one of my very favorites. I hope you like these crispy gluten free vegetable fritters with kabocha squash and apples. Gluten Free Squash Fritters make a delicious appetizer.
If you love winter squash as much as we do, here are some delicious gluten free winter squash recipes to try. I even include a few winter squash desserts!
Winter squash doesn't have to be boring! Why not make this easy crispy fried fritter recipe. These fritters are so good, even the kids will love them. Just don't tell anyone they are vegetables!
There are so many fun things you can create with winter squash. Casseroles, risotto, appetizers, bread, even desserts! Have you seen those funny round dark green squash in your stores yet? They sometimes have a spotty, hard dark green rind.
Kabocha squash also are the perfect size to stuff whole. Last year we made this Vegetarian Stuffed Kabocha Squash recipe and it made a beautiful meal.
Can you use different winter squash in this recipe?
How do you make fritters?
It is really quite simple to make veggie fritters! All you need are a few simple ingredients and hot oil. The first step is to grate your vegetables. You can make vegetable fritters, and even sweet fritters.
Grate your kabocha squash with a hand grater, or a food processor. Once you fill a bowl with the grated squash, use a paper towel to squeeze out the extra liquid. This will help to keep your fritters more firm.
Add all of the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well. Now you are ready to heat your oil to fry the fritters. I fry my fritters in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet. It handles the heat well, and is very easy to clean up!
(This is a photo of my frying my famous potato latkes. I didn't snap a photo of these kabocha fritters while cooking but I wanted you to see how they look as they cook.)
Frying tip: Frying foods makes a huge mess... as tiny oil drops spatter everywhere. If you have a portable cooktop or a grill with a side burner, I highly advise frying these gluten free fritters outside!
I always put paper towels down on a plate so when the fritters are done frying, you can put them onto the paper towels so the extra oil is absorbed.
We prefer to eat our fritters hot so make sure to serve them up quickly after frying them. These fritters make a great appetizer, but you can also enjoy them as a side dish.
When looking for a topping for my fritter recipe, I stumbled upon this new pepper jelly at Trader Joe's. This jelly has a mild, but sweet taste, which worked really well with the squash and apple combination in the fritters.
What do you top your fritters with?
You can top your fritters with jam, jelly, or sour cream. For this recipe, I topped this stack of fritters with a big dollop of Trader Joe's Pepper Jelly. It adds a nice kick to the sweet taste of the apple and kabocha squash.
Can you use zucchini squash to make fritters?
You most definitely can, but zucchini is a much softer squash because it has a high water content. After you grate the zucchini, you will really need to squeeze it in some paper towels so that the extra liquid is soaked up.
Tools you need to make this recipe:
- 1 1/2 cup shredded kabocha squash
- 1 cup shredded apple, (I used a tart apple a granny smith)
- 1/4 cup gluten free beer, I used New Planet
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon oregano
- 2 tablespoons apple juice
- 3/4 cup Authentic Foods Multi Blend Flour
- I used a grater on the thick holes section to grate the squash and apple.
- Add all ingredients to a large bowl and mix.
- Heat oil in a large pan.
- When the oil is hot, add a large spoonful of squash and apple mix to the pan.
- Flatten and add more to fill the pan.
- When the bottom looks crispy, about 3-4 minutes, flip with a spatula to cook the other side.
- Remove these from the oil onto a plate lined with paper towels.
- Continue until all of the squash and apple mix has been cooked.
- Serve with pepper jelly, or your favorite jelly.
1. To grate your kabocha squash, you can use a hand grater or a food processor.
2. Make sure to fry in an oil that can tolerate high heat. I prefer to use canola or avocado oils.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 10gProtein: 3g
Please note this nutrition information is calculated by a recipe plugin and is an estimate based on the ingredients used in this recipe.