Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce


Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

For years we’ve talked about houses as though we could actually buy them. “We’d totally knock down this wall” or “we’d change the counter tops first thing.” Just dreaming, of course, but we could spend hours visually remodeling a house (and we have for our current rental). Finally these daydreams can turn into Pinterest boards because: WE BOUGHT A HOUSE! A stack of spaghetti squash fritters to celebrate! (Cake will come later).

Roasted Spaghetti SquashSpaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Between gathering loan paperwork and making and styling 11 recipes in 2 days for a gig with Alanna, I’ve been operating with a serious case of baby brain. Immediately after dropping off the stack of title documents, I had to call them to make sure I actually had Lucas sign them and didn’t just turn them in blank.

After coming in second on our first two offers, our realtor kept reassuring us, “It always works out that you end up with the perfect house.” And how true it is – we love this house 10x more than the first two. My favorite part? The kitchen (one and two – that’s just staging, we don’t get the keys until tomorrow!). That and the fact that there are seemingly 15 friendly cats that patrol our new block.

Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

In preparing to move, we left a stack of broken down boxes from Craigslist on our deck only to wake up to rain. We live in California in a drought, but of course it rains the night we’ve left boxes outside.

Once I got over that hurdle, I started packing but got overwhelmed when I opened a drawer that contained: 4 small mirrors, a USB wall outlet, a can of spray paint, glittery plastic easter eggs, and a spaghetti maze of wrapping ribbons. How to you even label that box?? I’m afraid of what will happen when I open all of my kitchen cupboards.

I’m offering a few dozen fritters for anyone who wants to come purge and pack our life for us.

Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt SauceSpaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Our little #cheesebabygirl is 23 weeks along now and measuring about 11-inches long head to toe. The size of a large spaghetti squash.

These spaghetti squash fritters were inspired by the leek fritters with cilantro yogurt sauce from Yotam Ottolenghi’s Plenty cookbook. A new friend made those pancake-like leek fritters for a dinner party months ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about them.

To keep with the seasons, I swapped in spaghetti squash, adjusted the flavors, and waffled them (because: duh). They’re crispy on the outside, tender and moist on the inside, and booming with flavor. The refreshing dill sauce (or dip) makes them hard to put down. These little bite-sized fritters are a perfect snack for game day (just don’t ask me what team is playing).

Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce

Here’s an up-to-date list of the baby-by-food sizes so far. The large size jump from week 19-21 marks the point at which she’s measured head to toe versus crown to rump.

Spaghetti Squash Fritters with Dill Yogurt Sauce
Yields: About 16 fritters
Spaghetti Squash Fritters
  • 1 small or ½ large spaghetti squash
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 3 large shallots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg white
  • ½ cup chickpea/garbanzo flour
  • 3 tablespoons sweet rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch or flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
Dill Yogurt Sauce
  • ¼ cup greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup packed parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
Spaghetti Squash Fritters
  1. Cook the spaghetti squash. Prick the squash with a fork several times. You can roast the whole pricked squash at 375°F for about 45 minutes to an hour, until tender. Alternatively, you can wrap the pricked squash in parchment paper and microwave it for 15-20 minutes, until tender. When the squash is tender, slice it in half lengthwise and use a fork to scrape out 2 cups of filling. If the filling is super moist, let it sit in a fine mesh strainer while you cook the shallots.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the chopped shallots until tender, about 5 minutes. If you're roasting the squash, you can also roast the shallot whole and then peel and chop it when it's tender.
  3. Combine the 2 cups of squash, cooked shallots, parsley, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, by hand, or with a hand mixer, whip the egg white until soft peaks form. Gently fold the egg white into the squash mixture.
  5. In another bowl, mix together the chickpea flour, sweet rice flour, tapioca starch, and baking powder.
  6. Add the egg, milk, and butter to the flour and whisk to combine.
  7. Gently add the batter to the squash mixture and stir to combine.
  8. If using an electric waffle iron, cook small waffles according to manufacturer directions, lightly spraying the iron with canola oil.
  9. If using a stovetop waffle iron, be sure to heat up both sides for at least 3 minutes on medium heat. Lightly spray the top and the bottom of the waffle iron with canola oil. Pour scant ¼ cup of batter into each section of the waffle iron and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip the waffle iron and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Gently open the waffle iron to check the waffle and, if needed, continue cooking until both sides are crispy. (Every stove is slightly different, but mine is ready after 2.5 minutes both sides).
  10. Use a chopstick to help you gently remove the waffles from the iron and transfer to a plate while you finish cooking the batter. The outsides should be crispy and the insides will be soft and moist.
  11. If you don't want to use a waffle iron, you can cook the fritters over medium heat on a griddle. Scoop ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until crispy on the outside, but still soft on the inside.
  12. Serve waffles with dill yogurt sauce (below). Store leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the toaster.
Dill Yogurt Sauce
  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and pulse until smooth.

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  1. You leave out boxes, I leave out a couch. What is the deal with California? Can’t it learn to drought already? Geez. As for packing, I say throw it all in a miscellaneous box labeled as such and then NEVER open it. That’s my plan anyway, judging by all the boxes I still have in my house…

  2. First, congrats on the house! Second, I love that you make a recipe that is the same size as sweet baby girl growing in your belly :) <3

  3. Yeah! Congrats! You must be so excited and overwhelmed all at the same time. I bought my first house this summer, so I know the feelings all too well. And yes, the infamous “junk drawer” with the most random assortment of things ever. Gotta love it! These fritters are certainly and exceptional way to celebrate. Who needs cake when you have fritters. Ok, actually I’ll take fritter AND cake….

  4. Congrats on the house news! That’s so exciting (especially knowing how crazy things get in that area when it comes to real estate). Moving is always so hard (god, I don’t want to move for a very long time)–but just eat a lot of these fritters and things will be good :)

  5. Sheri says:

    The things I learn from reading your blog! ha! These fritters look delicious & I actually have a Spaghetti Squash sitting on my counter!

  6. You bought a HOUSE!!! I am so excited for you- this one IS the PERFECT one. :)

    Also- I talked these fritters up at work yesterday and just emailed this recipe off to everyone. I’m really only trying to get more fritters for myself…

  7. Cherie says:


  8. What the what!? These look incredible!!! xoxo (AND YAY FOR THE HOUSE!)

  9. Sarah!!! Congrats!! Okay, we are long overdue. I’m emailing you right now!

  10. Cindy says:

    Congrats on the house! Moving while pregnant is the real deal, I’ve been there. Godspeed.

    I love that you waffled these, clever lady.

  11. Veronica says:

    I love your house! I can not wait to meet my Baby Grand Daughter and see your new home! I want fritters! This is a perfect appetizer for thanksgiving guest! Thank you for the recipe!

  12. Hooray! Congrats on the house!!! That is such a great feeling. I still have a couple boxes from our move this summer that I haven’t unpacked because I don’t know what’s in it and can never get myself to look. Just label that box, “the necessities” and it will make sure you unpack it. ;)

    These fritters!! Wow. And your photos are just too pretty, Sarah!

  13. sooo many congratulations to you, sarah! wishing you a smooth move (the house kind, but i won’t discriminate). these fritters look delicious… i have yet to bite into any spaghetti squash this season and this looks like a damn good way to get to it.

  14. Sarah! Such fantastic news, congratulations on buying a house!!! So excited to hear your happy news!
    These fritters look like the perfect way to use that spaghetti squash I picked up on the weekend too. I especially love that they’re waffled!

  15. betty says:

    omg sarah congrats!! so many exciting things in this post – these fritters, the house, the baby (this will always be exciting), the 11 recipes in 2 days. Best of luck with the move and I can’t wait to see photos!! And maybe I’ll come visit? :)

  16. Nicole says:

    YAY!!! Love those house photos!!! This recipe looks amazing, too, and I love that it will even work in our yes-it-is-the-middle-of-October-and-it-is-still-90-degrees-outside weather. (I am really sad that it’s not soup time yet.) Any ideas for complementary dips that don’t involve dill?

    You are such a superstar, getting so much done with baby brain. Good for you! It’s not going to get any better for years!!! ;)

  17. Okay, house, baby, *waffled fritters*, you have it all happening like a real adult right now! And I’m so in love with your kitchen, ahhhh… I love that the stove has its own dedicated bench. No cooked foods/splatters ending up on parts of the bench where they don’t belong!

  18. Hooray for your, Lucas’ and baby girl’s new home, Sarah! It’s beautiful… and that Kitchen (bug eyed emoji)! Well worth the wait and well done my dear. You’ve got so much going on… is your head spinning? And then there’s these towering fritters with DILL sauce AND they’re waffled? OMGeeee. I’m done.

  19. Your photography is killer, lady. Can we PLEASE shoot food together at some point?!

  20. Kankana says:

    Many many congrats Sarah! Exciting news and the fritters look stunning.

  21. Yay! Congratulations on the house!!! I wish you a happy and stress free move. Ahhhhh! It’s all so exciting :)

  22. I love that you waffled these fritters and that dill sauce looks beyond fab!

  23. Congrats, Sarah! What a charming home! What town did you buy in ? I just moved to the Bay Area and am curious :) Love how their are lots of kitty friends on your street, too!

    These fritters look so, so amazing. But then again, everything Ottolenghi creates is amazing!

  24. Did you invent waffling fritters? Genius! As far as I am concerned, you invented it. Amazing. I can’t wait to waffle my fritters (that sounds weird…). Label that box junk drawer…because you know all of those items are going to end up back together in a random drawer at your new place. It always happens, no matter how many organizational tools you employ…there is always that one (or two or three?) draw of random crap! Congratulations!!

  25. Bobbie says:

    Congratulations, Sarah & Lucas! This is womderful news & such a beautiful new home by the looks of it! I definitely believe we get the homes that are perfect for us in due time. Your baby is getting big big big- she’s ready to join you very soon!

  26. Madeleine says:

    This was awesome! I am so happy that I found this blog AND this recipe! We grew many many spaghetti squashes this year and I am so happy to have a recipe that truly transforms the ingredient into something so good and savory!

  27. Caitlin says:

    Congrats on the new house!!! My whole family is in real estate, and time and time again you see people lose out on houses, but only to end up with the perfect one. So exciting :) And these fritters! I have half a leftover spaghetti squash last week and didn’t know what to do with it. I wish I would have had this! But I will pin it for the next time. They look amazing and if they are based off of anything Ottolenghi, I’m sure they are!

  28. Wow! These look incredible! And a big congratulations on buying a house! How exciting Sarah :)

  29. Yay! Love how dark and moody these photos are! Congrats on the move and finding your dream place!

  30. This is such a brilliant idea and the pictures are so beautiful!

  31. Tori says:

    These look epically delicious and I adore that they’re waffled!!!

  32. I loved being able to visualize the size of our baby with food when I was pregnant and what a great idea to make food using that now! This recipe looks and sounds absolutely delicious and makes me want to go buy a waffle iron right now! I really need to get on that… maybe I’ll put that on my Christmas list ;-)

  33. Cakespy says:

    I am so jazzed about this recipe. I love the creativity with the spaghetti squash!

  34. What a great new way to use spaghetti squash! Maybe this will help me get my 5 yo daughter to eat more veggies!

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