Servings: 4     Difficulty: Easy

Ingredients:

• 1 small to medium sized spaghetti squash 3 cups cooked squash
• 2 Tbsp canola oil divided
• 1 1/2 cup panko crumbs
• 1/2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper finely chopped
• 1/4 cup onion diced
• 1 clove garlic minced
• 2 Tbsp chopped parsley
• 1/2 tsp salt
• 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
• 1 egg lightly beaten

Instructions:

To Bake Spaghetti Squash
1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
2. Wash and dry squash. Cut in half lengthwise and remove seeds.
3. Place cut-side down on baking sheet and bake for 40 to 50 minutes until fork tender.
4. Once cool to the touch, use a fork to scrape the strings out of the squash halves.
5. Place squash in sieve, hold over sink and using back of spoon or your hand, squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Or place squash in tea towel and squeeze out liquid. Discard liquid. Set aside.You should get about 3 cups of spaghetti squash.

The Crumbs
1. In small fry pan, heat 1 Tbsp of canola oil over medium-high heat.
2. Add panko crumbs and stir to coat evenly. Continue to stir until crumbs are an even golden brown. Remove from heat. Watch carefully as they can turn black very quickly!

The Pancakes
1. In large bowl, mix drained squash, hot pepper, onion, garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup panko crumbs and egg.
2. Pour remaining panko crumbs on large plate.
3. Form a heaping tablespoon of batter into a ball and place on top of crumbs. Roll in crumbs to evenly coat the batter.

To Pan Fry
1. Heat 1 Tbsp canola oil in large fry pan over medium-high heat (add additional oil as needed).
2. Place panko covered squash into hot pan. (Do not fry more than two or three pancakes at a time to avoid crowding.)
3. Flatten squash and fry until brown and crispy, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
4. To keep pancakes hot while frying the remainder, place finished pancakes on a wire rack in a 250°F oven. Do not stack.

To Oven Bake
1. Preheat oven to 425°F (218°C).
2. Use 1 Tbsp canola oil to generously coat baking sheet to ensure crispy coating.
3. Place panko covered squash onto baking sheet and flatten.
4. Place baking sheet on middle rack of oven and bake for 10-12 minutes.
5. Flip and bake for another 8 minutes.
6. Serve and enjoy with apple sauce, sour cream, tzatziki or your favourite hot sauce.

Notes:
Yield 12 – 15 pancakes
Tips for Crispy Spaghetti Squash Pancakes

Here are my top tips for crispy spaghetti squash pancakes.

1. Panko Crumbs
Panko crumbs are crispier than regular bread crumbs, so using them gives us a head start. We use those crispy crumbs in the batter and as a coating to help us get that crispiness.
2. Pre-browning Panko Crumbs
Browning panko crumbs in a fry pan before using is another tip to keeping your pancakes crispy. I know, I know, nobody wants an extra step in food prep – but if you want crispy – it’ll only take 3 minutes in the same pan you’re going to get dirty anyway – so no big deal! Just watch those crumbs carefully, they go from brown to black very easily towards the end.
3. Use oil, but No Need to Deep Fry
The only way I used to be able to get crispy pancakes is by deep frying, not my preferred method of cooking. What I’ve discovered is that a little bit of canola oil goes a long way. Whether you pan fry or oven bake your pancakes you need a bit of oil to encourage browning and crisping but you don’t need to deep fry them. Fry pancakes in frying pan with a little bit of canola oil, no need to deep fry. Do a few pancakes at a time to avoid crowding the pan.
In the oven, coat the pan or parchment with canola oil to encourage a crispy edge. Bake pancakes in the oven, space apart, oil pan and bake at 425°F.
3. Don’t Crowd Your Pancakes
In the fry pan or in the oven, leave space between your pancakes to let air circulate. If they’re too close together, they will create too much steam and prevent good browning. In the fry pan, I usually only do 3 or 4 small pancakes. Place on the baking sheet with room for air circulation.
4. Keep in Single Layer & Keep Hot
If you stack pancakes on top of each other, they will become soft. When I take pancakes out of the fry pan, I place them on a cooling rack in a single layer. I store that cooling rack in the oven at 250°F until ready to serve.