This is our favorite mucver recipe from Turkish cuisine. These zucchini fritters are loaded with feta and herbs. They are so light, fluffy and delicious. We pair them with yogurt dip or sour cream. They are the summer party food at its best!
We have several delicious mezze recipes in Turkish cuisine and mucver is just one of them. You have the best mezze platter when you have mucver aka feta zucchini fritters, baba ganoush, cacık, Turkish style hummus and cig kofte on your plate.
What's your favorite food during summer? No, not sweet. A savory food you are addicted to. One of ours is mucver, Turkish style feta zucchini fritters. They are perfectly golden on the outside and moist on the inside. We love them with cacik, Turkish yogurt and cucumber dip. They make a perfect summer lunch/dinner together. Plus, you don't taste zucchini, which makes this a kid-approved recipe.
Oh and are you always looking for new zucchini recipes? Check out our Vegan Zucchini Tomato Casserole too!
What is mucver made of?
You can make fritters, or mucver as we call it in Turkish, with any vegetable, but zucchini is the most preferred one in Turkey. We have some good reasons for using zucchinis to make mucver. First, kids never refuse to eat zucchini in this form.
Another reason is that we want to use up the zucchini pulp whenever we make stuffed zucchini. We scoop the center of zucchinis and store the pulp in the fridge to make mucver the next day.
To make a classic mucver recipe, combine shredded zucchini with eggs, flour, baking soda and cheese, feta in our version. Optionally you can add your favorite herbs like parsley, dill, mint or green onions.
With or without baking powder?
Though baking powder or baking soda is not a must when making mucver, we sometimes use it to make the fritters fluffy. If you are more on the side of crispy and thin fritters, you really don't need it. Make sure you drop the batter in the pan in a thin layer then. You can gently press on the batter with the back of a tablespoon so that you have flat and crispy fritters.
On the other hand, you will be impressed by the result when you add baking powder. It gives them a wonderful fluffy texture.
How to prepare zucchinis
Grate the zucchinis using a grater or in a food processor and squeeze out the juice as much as you can. To get rid of that excessive juice, sprinkle a little salt over shredded zucchini, let them sit for about five minutes and squeeze in your hands in batches. Although this step sounds like extra effort, don't skip it. You will end up with soggy mucver patties otherwise.
How to serve
Our favorite way to enjoy zucchini mucver is with some Yogurt and Cucumber Dip aka Turkish cacik on the side. Another great dip to serve with fritters is Turmeric Tahini Dressing, which has become our new obsession. You can also pair these with a sour cream dip like Sour Cream and Chive Dip from Iowa Girl Eats.
More Fritter Recipes
- Gluten-Free Zucchini Fritters
- Quinoa Fritters With Zucchini
- Carrot and Leek Fritters
- Gluten-Free Corn Fritters
- Feta Tomato Fritters
Turkish Mucver Recipe (Feta Zucchini Fritters)
Zucchini fritters loaded with feta and herbs. So light, fluffy and delicious!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 14 fritters 1x
- Category: Snack
- Method: Frying
- Cuisine: Turkish
- Diet: Vegetarian
- 1 and ¾ cup shredded zucchini
- 2 eggs
- ¾ cup feta, crumbled
- ½ cup herbs (chopped fresh dill and parsley)
- 1 teaspoon baking soda, optional
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Squeeze the shredded zucchini with your hands as vigorously as you can to remove their juice. Do this in batches and put the squeezed zucchini in a large bowl.
- Beat the eggs in a small bowl and then pour it over the shredded and squeezed zucchini.
- Add in feta cheese, herbs, baking soda, flour and salt. Stir until combined well.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Pour ½ tablespoon olive oil in it.
- Using a tablespoon or an ice cream scoop, drop zucchini batter in the pan and gently press with a tablespoon or a spatula.
- Cook about 3 minutes on medium high heat and carefully flip them over with a spatula. Cook the other side about 3 minutes. If they cook too quickly, reduce the heat to medium. Remove the fritters from the skillet and place them on paper towel.
- Repeat with the remaining batter.
The amount of salt depends on how salty your cheese is. If it's too salty, you might need to add less. If it's not, add more salt.
To squeeze as much juice as you can, sprinkle salt over shredded zucchini. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then squeeze.
Baking powder or baking soda is optional when making mucver. If you want them thin and crispy, leave it out. Use it for a fluffy and soft result.
- Serving Size: 1 fritter
- Calories: 51
- Sugar: 0.4g
- Sodium: 262.7mg
- Fat: 2.7g
- Carbohydrates: 4.4g
- Protein: 2.8g
- Cholesterol: 34mg
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