Wagyu Bacon, Zucchini & Sweet Potato Pancakes

Difficulty:  2.5 Prep: 90 Min.  Cook: 15 Min Serves: 4-5

**(Difficulty Levels: 1-5 with 5 being most difficult)**

Recipe provided by Chef Melanie Hammericksen, Double 8 Cattle Company Contributor

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 CUP Zucchini (grated on a cheese grater)
  • 2 TSP Kosher Salt (to pull the water from the zucchini)
  • 1 Medium-Size Sweet Potato (peeled and grated)
  • 12 OZ Double 8 Cattle Company Fullblood Wagyu Beef Bacon (cut into 1/4 inch pieces)
  • 3 TBSP Coconut Flour
  • 1/4 CUP Arrowroot
  • 1 Large Egg (whisked)
  • 1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 TSP Freshly Ground Black Pepper
  • 2-3 TBSP Rendered Bacon Fat

Avocado Sauce

  • 2 Medium-Size Avocados (ripe, peeled, pitted, coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 CUP Fresh Cilantro (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/4 CUP Sweet Onion (coarsely chopped)
  • 2-3 Serrano Chiles (chopped with seeds)
  • 1/3 CUP Water
  • 1 Lime (juiced)
  • Kosher Salt (to taste)
  • Freshly Ground Black Pepper (to taste)

PREPARING THE AVOCADO SAUCE

Combine all “avocado sauce” ingredients in a food processor, and blend, while scraping down the sides of the blender.

Transfer the sauce into a small bowl.

Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Cover and chill (this sauce can be made a day in advance).


PREPARING THE PANCAKES

First, sweat the shredded/grated zucchini by placing it in a colander. Then, place the colander over a bowl.

Sprinkle the zucchini with the kosher salt, and allow it to sit that way for at least 45 minutes. The longer it sits, the more water is drawn out.

After the 45 minutes, squeeze/ring out the remaining water using a clean and dry dish towel. Squeeze out as much water as possible. This step is very important, the more moisture in the zucchini, the less likely they are to hold together when you fry them.

While the zucchini sweats, cook the Fullblood Wagyu beef bacon in a large skillet until crisp.

Then, drain of the bacon fat into a container. Reserve the bacon fat for frying the pancakes.

Chop the cooked bacon fine, and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together the zucchini, grated sweet potato, cooked bacon, coconut flour, arrowroot, egg, garlic powder, and freshly ground black pepper.

Scoop the mixture in golf ball-size portions, and place them on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Press the balls down firmly, and flatten out to 1/2-inch-thick pancakes. Freeze the pancakes for 30 minutes.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, add 1-2 tablespoons of the reserved bacon fat (enough to just lightly coat the bottom of the pan).


FINAL STEPS

Place the pancakes in the large, heated skillet, and fry them.

Once the first side is golden brown, which should take about 2-3 minutes, carefully flip the pancake using a wide slotted spatula.

Fry the pancakes on the second side another 2-3 minutes until golden grown, lowering the heat a bit if necessary.

Carefully move the pancakes to a wire rack while you make additional batches (adding more bacon fat to the bottom of the pan as needed).

Make sure to adjust the heat between batches (if necessary) to avoid burning the pancakes/fritters.

Serve the Fullblood Wagyu bacon, zucchini, and sweet potato pancakes hot with the creamy (previously prepared) avocado sauce.

Enjoy!


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