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Zucchini Omelets

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Serves6 (1 to 1½ dozen omelets)

Cooking Methodpan-frying

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionBuffet, Cocktail Party, Family Get-together

Recipe Coursehors d'oeuvre, snack

Dietary Considerationhalal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealbrunch, lunch

Taste and Texturechewy, crisp, salty, savory

Type of Dishcanape/crostini, vegetable

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coarsely grated zucchini
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped yellow onions
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • One 12-ounce package pita bread (6 per package) or homemde pita bread , warmed in the toaster oven and cut into quarters
  • Sliced ripe tomatoes, ketchup, and Syrian Pickles (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all the ijeh ingredients in a medium-size bowl and mix well.

  2. Heat 4 tablespoons of the vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat for 30 to 45 seconds, reduce the heat to medium, and drop 1 tablespoon of the zucchini mixture at a time into the hot oil. (Stir the mixture often to keep the eggs from separating from the zucchini before spooning into the skillet.) Fry 3 to 4 portions at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and place on a plate covered with paper towels to drain. Fry the remaining ijeh in the same fashion, adding more oil to the skillet as needed. (Any type of ijeh may be prepared in advance and set aside at this point. To reheat, place on a baking sheet or ovenproof plate, cover with aluminum foil, and place in a preheated 350°F oven until sizzling. Ijeh may also be fried, frozen, and then reheated while still frozen in the same manner.)

  3. Have hot quarters of pita bread ready. Place the ijeh in the pockets and serve immediately with sliced tomatoes, ketchup, and Syrian Pickles, if desired.

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