The Zucchini Hash Browns formerly known as Zucchini Pancakes
Introductory Note: By way of confession, I’d like to tell y’all that I almost didn’t tell the truth about this one. I actually considered omitting the facts about the actual production of this dish. But, I didn’t. The Kitchen Trials is all about successes and failures in the kitchen. In this round, I’d call the battle of me vs. the kitchen a draw in this round. And now, on to the rest of this update…
A couple of weeks ago, I came across a recipe for zucchini pancakes that sounded so easy and so good that I immediately bookmarked them to be made as soon as possible.
I was even more intrigued when someone described them as being very hash brown like. And, in my world, hash browns made with zucchini equals healthy. What a bonus!
Well, a trip to the farmers market provided me with the key ingredient and curiosity drove me to make these pancakes pronto. Everything went just fine until I got the part where I had to fry the zucchini pancake batter into pancakes. From that point on, it was downhill into a burnt, stuck-to-the-pan, get-a-new-pan-out, curse-the-old-pan mess.
I have a few theories as to why this went so badly for me. 1) User error. 2) The pan was too hot. 3) I didn’t put enough oil in the pan to prevent the zucchini pancakes from sticking. 4) I made the zucchini pancake too big. 5) The first pan I used sucks and shouldn’t be used for anything ever and should be thrown away pronto.
Personally, I like theory number five best. Although, there may be some merit to the others. However, please feel free to pass your judgment on the possible causes of this cooking impasse. Photographic evidence is presented below.
In the end, I did manage to salvage some of the zucchini pancake fixin’s and used a different, better pan to fry ’em up a bit. But I think it was a lost cause by that point.
Although, artful arrangement on the plate kind of, sort of covers up the ugliness of my zucchini pancakes. They tasted fine. Not my favorite thing, and I’m sure I’d like them a lot more if someone else made them for me.
But do not let my failure deter you. Be sure to mosey over to Soupbelly.com. They seem to know what they’re doing… I mean, have a much better pan than I do.