Zucchini, Spinach and Herb Polpette

, from Issue #65. April, 2016
Photography by Josh Griggs.
Zucchini, Spinach and Herb Polpette

For a light meal, serve polpette on a salad of quinoa, broad beans, diced tomatoes and herbs, with a dollop of yoghurt. 


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
3 medium zucchini, diced 
1 teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon chilli flakes
100 grams spinach leaves, thinly sliced 
1½ cups fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup freshly grated parmesan
1 egg yolk
handful each mint and basil, finely chopped
finely grated zest 1 lemon
sea salt and ground pepper 


Preheat the oven to 180°C fan bake.

Heat the oil in a sauté pan and add the onion, garlic and a good pinch of salt. Cover and cook until soft.

Stir in the zucchini, cumin and chilli, cover and cook until the zucchini are tender. Add the spinach and toss until wilted. Tip into a bowl and cool completely. Stir in the remaining ingredients and season.

Roll large teaspoons of the mixture into balls. Bake on a lined tray for 10–15 minutes firm to the touch. Makes about 18