Zucchini Tots

Updated: Jan 20, 2020

A classic tot with a veggie twist. Let the Super Bowl appetizer games begin. —INGRAIN, Winter/Spring 2020

Potato tots we love; the whole green-veggie tot trend...not so much. But combine the two and it’s a great weeknight riff on the classic. New potatoes (red or gold) work best. You can shape the potato cakes up to 3 days ahead and fry them up come game time.

Pairing So-Lo (Goose Island)

Serves 6

1 pound new potatoes

2 small zucchini

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 teaspoon caraway seeds

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon pepper

Vegetable oil

Lemon aioli (ingredients and recipe below)


1 pound new potatoes (unpeeled) in half or so all are about the same-size chunks. Blanch potatoes in a medium pot of simmering water until just tender, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on size. Strain and let cool.


2 small zucchini into a medium bowl, wrap in paper towels, and squeeze out any excess water. Grate cooked potatoes (remove skin) and add to the same bowl. In a small dish, mix together 1 tablespoon cornstarch + 1 teaspoon caraway seeds + 2 teaspoons sea salt + 1 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle over potato mixture, and mix until well combined.


Zucchini-potato mixture into 1-inch oblong pieces. Add enough vegetable oil to a heavy-bottomed skillet to a depth of ½ inch and heat skillet over medium-high heat. When oil is hot, fry tots until golden brown, about 30 seconds per side.


Tots on a paper towel–lined plate and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve tots as they come out of the frying pan with lemon aioli or keep warm in a preheated 250°F oven.


Makes ½ cup

Zest + juice of ½ lemon

1 tablespoon capers

½ cup mayonnaise


Zest + juice of ½ lemon (or to taste) + 1 tablespoon capers (chopped) + ½ cup mayonnaise together in a medium bowl. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Grocery List: Zucchini Tots

Grocery List: Lemon Aioli

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