Bacon Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Parmesan - need I say more?
Ever wondered how to cook spaghetti squash? Make this easy Bacon Spaghetti Squash Fritters recipe with Parmesan! These little spaghetti squash cakes are crazy good, easy to make, and a great snack!
This is one of my most favorite new recipes. Kids love these! Who knew that spaghetti squash could be a kid friendly food?
How to make spaghetti squash fritters
To make these spaghetti squash fritters, you will need to precook the spaghetti squash in the oven (if you scroll down, you'll see the instructions on how to cook spaghetti squash). 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 roasted 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 bacon spaghetti squash 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 to make these delicious spaghetti squash cakes.
For this recipe, it's very important that first you get your skillet very hot. Then add oil. Then drop spaghetti squash fritters. If you get your skillet very hot, then the fritters will not stick no matter how soft they are. Making spaghetti squash 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. That's it! Little spaghetti squash cakes are done!
What to serve with fritters
- Greek yogurt. These fritters are especially good when served with a dollop of Greek yogurt on top.
- Sour cream. Top spaghetti squash fritters generously with sour cream for a luscious, creamy topping.
- Green onions. Sprinkle finely chopped green onions on top.
- Chives. Finely chopped chives is another delicious topping.
Bacon, Spaghetti Squash Fritters Recipe
- 2 eggs
- ⅓ 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)
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese , freshly grated
- ¼ salt , plus extra, if needed
- 3 green onions chopped
- 5 strips bacon , cooked, drained of fat, and chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
How to cook spaghetti squash:
- The recipe requires 3 CUPS COOKED spaghetti squash. 3 CUPS COOKED spaghetti squash is usually ½ or ⅔ of a whole spaghetti squash. First 6 steps describe how to roast spaghetti squash in the oven (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 roasted 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.
- Roasted 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 spaghetti squash 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 ¼ + ⅛ 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!).
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