Bacon Zucchini Fritters Paleo, Whole30

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This delicious post is sponsored by Jones Dairy Farm and all opinions are my own as always.

These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They’re delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They're delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

Is it any secret I’ve been zucchini obsessed lately?!  Not if you happen to follow me on Instagram, where I’ve been digging out all my old favorite zucchini recipes and experimenting with new ones!

Today?  We’re going savory all the way with these bacon zucchini fritters.  Super simple to make, totally satisfying, and even kid approved – if you can believe it.

Hey, when we add bacon to green things, it sure helps with the kid-friendly factor, at least in my experience.  It’s amazing what a little bacon can get kids (and husbands) to eat!

To make my bacon zucchini fritters Whole30, I used sugar-free Whole30 compliant bacon from Jones Dairy Farm.  As you all know, I have lots of love for bacon, and when I find a new sugar-free Whole30 compliant bacon, it’s time to celebrate!

For all of you Whole30’ers out there, I know you’re right there with me.  Finding Whole30 friendly bacon and sausage just makes meals a whole lot more fun, tasty, and, well, exciting to sit down to!

Jones Dairy Farm makes crispy, delicious uncured, sugar-free bacon that’s perfect for so many Whole30 recipes, along with sugar-free pork sausage (used in my sausage leek & spinach quiche) and fully-cooked chicken, pork and turkey sausage to throw into quick meals.

Since Jones Dairy Farm has new line of Antibiotic Free, Paleo Certified products contain NO sugar or preservatives, they’re perfect for paleo and Whole30 recipes.

In addition to bacon, they also make several sugar-free sausage varieties, ham, and more – definitely check out their website to browse their amazing products and find out where you can purchase!

These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They're delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

In addition to the bacon, we have zucchini (of course), an egg, a mix of coconut and tapioca flour (so they’re nut-free too!) and seasonings.

If you haven’t “sweat” zucchini before, no worries – it’s easy and only requires time to allow the zucchini to sit, and a will to squeeze out every last bit of water.

Seriously though, “sweating: the zucchini is super simple: you place shredded zucchini in a collander over a bowl, salt it, then walk away and do something else for at least 20 minutes.

These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They're delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

When you return, you’ll squeeze ALL the water out using paper towels, a nut milk bag, cheesecloth, or just a clean dish towel.  Squeeze squeeze squeeze – there’s no such thing as getting TOO much water out of the zucchini!

This “sweating” step is essential to make fritters that stick together, fry up perfectly and that aren’t a soggy mess.  Don’t worry (and no need to take notes), I’ll explain the sweating process once again in the recipe box 🙂

I made my fritters small, since a.) I like them bite size (or 2-bite size!) and b.) they’re easy to flip that way.  I used a medium cookie scoop when frying them, and flattened them a bit once they were in the pan.

For dips, I highly recommend that you try my homemade ranch!  Even my homemade mayo alone is a delicious dip for these fritters.  You can also try out my avocado ranch or chipotle ranch – as you can see I have quite the soft spot for anything ranch!

I hope you’re ready for these crazy addicting bacon zucchini fritters!  I know you’re going to love them – let’s shred up our zucchini and get started!

Bacon Zucchini Fritters Paleo, Whole30

These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They're delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

Bacon Zucchini Fritters Paleo, Whole30

These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They’re delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

Instructions

Sweat the Zucchini (most important step!):

  1. To “sweat” the shredded zucchini, place it in a collander, then place the collander over a bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and allow it to sit that way for at least 20 minutes – the longer it sits, the more water is drawn out.

  2. After the 20 mins or longer, gently rinse zucchini to remove excess salt (not mandatory, but recommended if you’re salt-sensitive)

  3. Then, squeeze/wring out remaining water using paper towels, a clean dish towel cheesecloth, or even a nut milk bag. This step is very important to avoid soggy fritters! Squeeze out as much water as possible, then squeeze one more time for good luck 😉

Make the Bacon:

  1. While the zucchini sweats, cook the bacon in a large skillet until crisp, then drain and crumble, set aside. Reserve 2 Tbsp of the fat if desired for frying the fritters.

Prep & Fry the Fritters:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the prepared zucchini, crumbled bacon, coconut flour, arrowroot, egg, onion powder, garlic powder, and pepper. If you rinsed the zucchini, you may want to season with a bit more salt to suit your taste (although the bacon adds saltiness too!)

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat (non-stick is helpful), then add 1 Tbsp cooking fat (you’ll use 1 Tbsp per batch)

  3. Scoop the mixture in heaping Tbsps (you can use a medium cookie scoop) into the hot skillet and gently press down to about 1/2” thickness. The smaller size makes these delicate fritters easier to flip.

  4. Once the first side is golden brown, which should take about 2-3 mins, carefully flip using a wide spatula – this one is my favorite. Fry on the second side another 2-3 minutes until golden grown, lowering heat a bit if necessary. Carefully remove to a wire rack while you make additional batches.

  5. Make sure to adjust heat between batches if necessary to avoid burning the fritters, and add an additional Tbsp cooking fat before each new batch.

  6. Serve hot with your favorite dipping sauce – such as my homemade ranch, mayo, or chipotle ranch. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Bacon Zucchini Fritters Paleo, Whole30

Amount Per Serving

Calories 66
Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5g
8%

Saturated Fat 2g
10%

Cholesterol 15mg
5%

Sodium 171mg
7%

Potassium 101mg
3%

Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%

Protein 1g
2%

Vitamin A
1.5%

Vitamin C
6.7%

Calcium
0.7%

Iron
1.2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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These savory bacon zucchini fritters are easy to make, packed with veggies and downright addicting!  They're delicious served as a side dish or appetizer with homemade ranch dip.  These tasty fritters are also paleo, Whole30 friendly, gluten free and dairy free.

Want More Paleo and Whole30 side dish recipe?  Try one of these!

Garlic Parsnip Fries with Bacon Aioli 

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