Bacon Spaghetti Squash & Parmesan Fritters – need I say more?
This is one of my most favorite new recipes. Kids love these! Who knew that spaghetti squash could be a kid friendly food?
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To make these spaghetti squash cakes, you will need to precook the spaghetti squash in the oven as described in the instructions below. IMPORTANT STEP: After you baked the squash, cooled it, and scraped it with a fork to remove the flesh in long strands, wring out the spaghetti squash by wrapping portions of it in paper towels and squeezing hard with your hands over the sink. Be careful not to drop the spaghetti squash into the sink if the paper towel breaks. Try to get rid of as much liquid as you can.
After the above step, making these fritters is a breeze! So delicious and easy to make! Just mix the pre-cooked spaghetti squash with eggs, bacon, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a little bit of flour, and drop them by tablespoonfuls onto a heated frying skillet:
It’s very important that you get your skillet very hot before adding oil and then fritters. If you get your skillet very hot, then the fritters will not stick no matter how soft they are. Making fritters is a lot like making crepes in terms of how hot you want to get your skillet for the very first batch of fritters. Then, after cooking for a couple of minutes, flip them over:
And cook for 1-2 more minutes more. That’s it! Little spaghetti squash cakes are done!
They are especially good when served with a dollop of Greek yogurt (or sour cream) on top:
1/3 cup flour (for gluten free version, use multi-purpose gluten-free King Arthur flour)
3 cups spaghetti squash, cooked and wringed out (see instructions below)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
1/4 + 1/8 teaspoons salt
3 green onions, chopped
5 bacon strips, cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 green onions, chopped
dollop of Greek Yogurt
The recipe required 3 CUPS COOKED spaghetti squash. 3 CUPS COOKED spaghetti squash is usually 1/2 or 2/3 of a whole spaghetti squash. First 3 steps describe how to cook spaghetti squash (this can be done 1 or more days in advance):
Preheat oven to 425 Fahrenheit.
Cut the squash in 2 halves, scrape out the seeds and the fiber out of each half. Spray oil over the cut sides of the squash. Spray the baking sheet with oil and place the squash on the baking sheet cut side down.
Bake for about 30-40 minutes. Remove it from the oven when it's cooked through and soft, and let it cool. Flip the squash so that cut side faces up – that will speed up the cooling. After squash cools, scrape squash with a fork to remove flesh in long strands and transfer to a bowl. Let it cool.
Important: Wring out the spaghetti squash by wrapping portions of it in paper towels and squeezing hard with your hands over the sink. Be careful not to drop the spaghetti squash into the sink if the paper towel breaks. Try to get rid of as much liquid as you can.
Cooked spaghetti squash can be refrigerated for 5 days. I prefer to cook spaghetti squash, refrigerate it and make fritters the next day or 2 days later - that allows spaghetti squash to drain the liquid out and get dryer, which is preferable for fritters
Now, on to how to make fritters:
In a large bowl, using electric mixer, beat 2 eggs on high speed for 1-2 minutes. Add flour and continue beating for about 30 seconds to combine. To the same bowl, add spaghetti squash, Parmesan cheese, 3 chopped green onions, and 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoons salt. Mix very well until all the mixture has uniform consistency. Add chopped bacon and mix. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary, even though it should be just perfect.
Heat a large skillet on high-medium heat until VERY hot. Only then add olive oil. It should sizzle and smoke right away. Using a tablespoon, spoon the tablespoon-ful of the batter for each fritter and drop on the skillet. Using a spatula, correct the shape of each fritter, making it flatter and rounder. Cook until the bottom side of each fritter is golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Using spatula, flip fritters to the opposite side, and cook 1-2 more minutes. When flipping the fritters, you can use a spoon on the opposite side of spatula to help push each fritter onto the spatula and then flipping. Turn off the heat and let the fritters sit in the skillet (uncovered) for 2-3 more minutes (check the bottom to make sure it's not burned - if it is too dark, remove fritters from the skillet immediately). Do 4 fritters at a time, you should have a total of 2 batches (8 fritters total).
Serve as is, or top with the dollop of Greek yogurt and chopped green onions (delicious if served this way!).