Broccoli Cheddar Fritters
Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters
I am a broccoli purist. I love it raw, no dip or salt. I peel back the leaves and even eat the stalk chopped into chunks in my salads. This recipe is a stretch for me because I prefer broccoli in it's "clean" state, but when you want to eat a vegetable that is savory and scrumptious this is the recipe to make. It really is not that unhealthy for you. There is only a small amount of flour and oil used to prepare these little goodies.
I first tried these broccoli fritters at a party. All the men were standing around eating these with their hands. They looked like large oatmeal cookies with green filling. The party hostess informed me they were her husband's favorite and only way to eat broccoli. So you know where I am going with this right? My husband only eats vegetables that contain high amounts of starch. Potatoes, corn and perhaps pees. To be nice, he has tried my broccoli dishes, but he is not a fan of the little green trees. So when I saw all the men eating these I snatched the recipe and set out on a mission to convince my husband to try broccoli one more time.
After some tweaking, I hit his food zinger and came out with a cruciferous winner. He now refers to these as broccoli cookies because he fights over the last one with the kids. What an impossible dream right?
My friends original recipe called for 1/2 cup of fresh grated parmigiano reggiano cheese. She switched to cheddar for her party. I tried it both ways because I love parmigiano, but I thought it was a bit too too strong. Also, there was no garlic powder and so I added a small amount in case the minced garlic wasn't strong enough. That is a personal choice.
Mince Your Garlic
Steam Your Broccoli
Cook Time for Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters
Ingredients For Broccoli and Cheddar Fritters
- 3 cups Steamed Broccoli
- 1 Cup Mild Cheddar Cheese
- 1/2 Cup Flour
- 1/4 tsp. Salt
- 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1 clove Minced garlic
- 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil or Corn Oil
- 1 Egg
- Steam your broccoli in the microwave per instructions on bag or steam your broccoli your prefered way. I like mine a little crunchy so I only cook to the shortest time per instructions on the bag. Let it cool, then chop into 1/2 inch pieces and set aside.
- While broccoli is steaming and cooling mince your garlic and shred your cheese.
- Beat egg in medium mixing bowl then add flour, cheese and spices.
- Take chopped, steamed and somewhat cooled broccoli and add to mixture.
- Mash slightly for a couple minutes with potato masher or fork. Do not over mash. Then stir and incorporate the rest of the mix with the broccoli.
- Heat pan on medium heat for a few minutes until oil is hot. Use a large spoon, a cookie scooper or a small measuring cup and drop a 2 Tbls. amount of batter in the pan and press down slightly to make a patty shape.
- Cook for about 3 minutes or until brown on the outside. Transfer to a paper towel for one minute.
- Keep warm until ready to serve. Note: These are great cold too.
Add Broccoli to Mixture
Scoop and Fry
Broccoli Cheddar Fritters
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