These broccoli cheese fritters are not only tasty but use up the stem of the broccoli so you will have less waste.
Creativity is making marvelous out of the discarded. – Unkown
Once upon a time there was a noble vegetable, with a cool head of hair, named Mr. Broccoli. Everyone in all the land loved his green afro. It was his crowning glory.
But one day, he wanted to be known for more than his incredible mane.
He thought, “I have more to give if you just dig a little deeper!”
Back in the village a mere peasant knew of Mr. Broccoli’s magic. Now, to convince the rest of the townsman.
She devised a plan to share Mr. Broccoli’s other amazing characteristics at the annual Crudite Ball where Mr. Broccoli was presented….
ANNOUNCING: MR. BROCCOLI STEM and CHEESE FRITTER
The guests gasped.
They had never seen Mr. Broccoli without his crown of glory!
He was named King of the Ball and was known all thorough out the land as Broccolicious!
In case you have never heard this fable as old as time, you will now know the artist formally known as Mr. Broccoli in a whole new way!
Broccoli is great from head to toe, I know……….any Lisa, Lisa fans?
Not only do these Broccoli and Cheese Fritters use up the stalk, that otherwise gets tossed, it also uses breadcrumbs (aka stale bread), and shhh don’t tell but a tad bit of bacon grease. #salvageresources
BROCCOLI AND CHEESE FRITTERS
Make no mistake, just because this recipe makes use of ingredients some throwaway, doesn’t mean they aren’t yummy!
Recipe makes approx 10-12 fritters
- 1 1/2 C. Grated Broccoli Stalk
- 1 Lg. Egg
- 1/2c. Shredded Cheese
- 1/2 C. Breadcrumbs (see note)
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
- 1/4 Tsp. Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Italian Seasoning
- Pepper to Taste
Creamy Herb Dipping Sauce
- 1/2 C. Sour Cream
- 1/2 Tsp Garlic Salt
- Carefully cut the outer layer off from the broccoli stalk. This is tough and you don’t want to eat that. You can actually see the layers of the tender part and the tough part when you cut the end. I use a vegetable peeler.
- Place shredded broccoli over a strainer and press down with a paper towel to remove any extra moisture, drain well of excess moisture.
- In a small bowl, combine broccoli, cheese, breadcrumbs, and seasoning to taste.
- Heat a medium skillet to med-high heat and add a bit of choice of oil of your choosing (bacon grease, canola oil, vegetable oil).
- In hands, form a thin flattened patty. You can also use a small spoon and place batter into the pan and flatten the batter with the back of the spoon.
- Test run – Drop a tiny bit of batter in the pan to cook for a taste test of seasoning before you proceed with the rest of the batter.
- Cook patties approx 2-3 minutes on each side. You should see edges turn golden brown.
Salvage Tip – Save your stale bread by grinding it up in the food processor. You can toast them if needed. Place the crumbs in a freezer-safe bag and place it in the freezer. You now have breadcrumbs whenever you need them.
FRITTER DIPPING SAUCE
- In a small bowl, combine chives, sour cream, and seasoning to taste.
We hope Broccolicious’ tale will continue to be told generation after generation.
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